16 December 2016
I have no affiliation with the game or developer and I was not given a promotional copy. Price at time of writing: £10.99 (Steam).
This review is based on the first public access Early Access version of the game issued by Steam on 16th December 2016. As such there will likely be bug fixes and additional features that will be added before the full release of the game.
Steam Link: Here
Game website: Here
None known. Yes I know there are other beach volleyball games in existence such as 'Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball". But these fall firmly into the arcade category and seem to generate sales based on bikini styles rather than gameplay. Volleyball Unbound falls firmly into the simulation game sector.
Please excuse my quoting from promotional literature but here's the main features:
In addition to this, while playing the game other features which caught my attention are:
This is not some multi-million pound venture by a huge company such as Crystal Dynamics. Instead, it is a much smaller operation, made by BVB fans, for BVB fans. And in my opinion, this is no bad thing, it has kept the game at the centre of things rather than focussing on fancy videos that you only ever watch once.
Bugs. I can't gloss over the fact, the game is [currently] full of them. Spelling errors, camera panning errors, and a rather large 'frames per second' warning message which can't be disabled are a few that spring to mind. However these are small things, the game worked 'out of the box' for me, with no crashes or fatal error messages to date. The game developer (Great Boolean) is also very active and will examine any bugs that you might find. Additionally he is also looking for ways to add further detail to the game, for example a bigger colour palette to choose from, or additional headwear such as an Alice Band to supplement the current cap.
It might be worth waiting a month or two if you can for the game to become more polished. But if a few game quirks don't bother you, then I'd recommend you buy it right now. It will keep you entertained until the Beach Volleyball season kicks off in Fort Lauderdale in February.
Update - February 2017
Several rounds of updates have taken place since the initial early-access launch of the game.
Some of the new features include:
Many of the bugs/and issues mentioned in the original review have now been fixed
The game is still in 'Early Access' so it is still not perfect, but rapid progress has been made since the initial release. Additional photos have been added to the gallery to showcase the new features.