I was browsing through the games on Steam, trying to figure out which game I wanted to buy. I stumbled upon something called Broomstick League and my immediate thought was “What the fuck?”
It looked like the Harry Potter game of Quidditch. Now, I’ve never cared about Harry Potter. But this was just obvious right from the start. I decided to download it and my expectations were fairly low at the price of $15. I got it on sale.
I had a chance to play a few games before I went off to work and I had a lot more fun playing this game than I thought. People are comparing this to Rocket League and Harry Potter. Is this game better than Rocket League? Not yet. Is it worth playing? Absolutely. I am a hardcore Rocket League player. I’ve been champion on every single platform. I’ve played with the best of the best. If anybody knows Rocket League…It’s me!
Rocket League has been around a long time and has had an already established team to help build it. Broomstick League is from a much smaller developer and literally just came out. A great online game doesn’t just become great in a single day. Especially when it’s from a small developer that don’t have the money or resources to do certain things.
Broomstick League can go either way. It can be great over time with updates, more features, more mechanics. I can think of so many ways it can be improved. It can also go the opposite way. It can forever remain a smaller game and slowly die off because there isn’t enough for people to invest in this game. They’ll just see it as a Rocket League/Harry Potter ripoff. This game needs to stand out on its own. It’s off to a good start, but it’s only a start. It has a ton of potential.
What makes a game fun is one that is easy to understand and hard to master. A game that essentially anybody can play, but only few can become the best. Fortnite, Rocket League, Apex. Games like that. Anybody can have a fun time even if they’re not very good. Yet, they are still competitive for those who want to dominate everyone else. Broomstick League has that potential.
The object is easy. You fly around on a broom and can cast a few spells. The point of the game is to get the ball and score on the opposite team. You have a magnet spell that can pick up the ball if you are close enough and you carry it off wherever you wish to. You also have a spell that will allow you to charge into other players. Knocking the ball out of their hands.
You can play either 2v2 or 3v3. As of right now there is no ranked mode, but they did tell me it will definitely come. The major downsides to this game right now are the fact that there are way too many bots and few human players. If you’re playing 2v2 you often only have 1 other human player. I assume this is something that will be fixed over time once more players start to play this game. I have yet to try 3v3 because I’m not ready yet to have my head bashed in. One step at a time.
Personally I don’t like that when you finish a game it automatically brings you into another game unless you manually select to go back to the main menu. Especially if you decide to chat with other players after a game and suddenly you’re just in another match. Maybe I’m just nit-picky, but sometimes I want to just chill or maybe I have to go to the bathroom. I’m not always going to be thinking about how I have to select go back to main menu.
I also think they need to add way more spells. The game advertises itself as a game where you can cast spells, but there’s really no spells. Only thing you have is your wand that is used as a magnet for a few seconds to keep the ball. Most times the magnet doesn’t even work properly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve glided right beside the ball and it still didn’t pick up the ball. I often had to completely stop and allow the magnet to work. In high profile matches (especially when ranked mode comes) the last thing you want to do is just sit there and do nothing while the other team takes advantage. What makes something like a magnet work is that no matter how fast you travel, as long as you’re beside the ball it should be able to pick it up. That way you can just blast across the screen and have a better chance of scoring.
One of the things I really like about this game is that it’s way more PC friendly than Rocket League. Nobody in this world is playing Rocket League with a keyboard and mouse. If they are they’re not human. Or just not that good. I can actually play this game well. I’ve won most of the matches I played. Granted, everyone playing is also new so that’s not saying much. It’ll be interested when more people play and start to get good. We’ll see how well I do when there is actual competition.
Overall, I really like this game. Of course it has its flaws. I expect that from a new game with a small developer. It also does things really well. It has room to improve and I’m looking forward to what the future has for this game. Don’t write it off thinking it’s just a knockoff version of Harry Potter or Rocket League. Give it a try!