Indie Game Beats Counter-Strike As Highest-Rated Multiplayer Game On Steam

Integrating user reviews on Steam has yielded some interesting results. Developers are finding their own victories through the PC community, which has worked out well for one game in particular: Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball.

Despite being an Early Access title, the game about robots firing colorful balls at each other in a disco has been met with nearly total acceptance by the people playing it. As of today, the game has been granted an “Overwhelmingly Positive” rating, which is destined only for those titles with upwards of 90% positive reviews from over 500 people. In fact, the project has only ever received three negative scores since arriving on Steam in March of 2014. In doing so, it has managed to become the highest-rated multiplayer game of “all time,” according to developer Erik Asmussen, who even beats out the legendary Counter-Strike:


Naturally, Asmussen is humbled by the experience, as detailed in later tweets:

While the multiplayer tag is specific, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball manages to hold a strong presence in general. Of all the games on Steam, it ranks fourth. It only needs to see Portal 2 precede it, along with two other indie suprises, One Finger Death Punch and Crypt of the NecroDancer.

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There is, of course, some context to the crowning achievement to take into account. For instance, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball racks up 507 reviews from its community, while Counter-Strike has nearly 35,000. Third and fourth entry, Battleblock Theater and Broforce, take their podium spots with 15,000 and 5,000 ratings respectively. There are a lot more people in those other entries to beat the odds. One of the things we got into hot water once is the argument that someone who purchases a game is more likely to defend their product. You wouldn’t want to admit you bought a weak game, because you can’t ever show any weakness, now could you? That was a little spat we had with the developers of Insurgency, one of the blander shooters of 2013, when they used a similar marketing tactic to promote their game with 98% approval. It has since descended to page nine in the rankings, to give you an idea. Overall, that’s still a ridiculously good spot though. All we wanted to point out is that statistics can always be turned into a positive, depending on how you view them. As we said: Find your own victories.

Admittedly, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball looks like some diverting entertainment. It has some fast pacing, blinking lights and more rapid-fire impulses, so it’s perfect for us who have no attention span. On Early Access, the game is currently marked at €9.99. If you want to try it, however, consider buying a Steam key through the developer’s site, as the Humble widget has it in a single currency model for $9.99.

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