The main character in Odama is called Yamanouchi Kagetora. He is a young general, who must preserve the Way of Ninten, a philosophy that puts the greater good above the individual's needs. With the Way of Ninten guiding Yamanouchi, he finds the soldiers under his command can group together to generate an energy powerful enough to defeat any enemy. Yamanouchi exacts his revenge, using only limited resources against a vast army, led by a general named Genshin who killed his father.
The main weapon at Yamanouchi's disposal is a legendary device called the Odama. This is a gigantic ball strong enough to destroy whatever it strikes, friend or foe. Players must use massive flippers, like those found on any pinball machine (controlled by L and R) to aim the Odama ball to bowl over enemy soldiers, to break down defences and wreak chaos on the battlefield. Between the two colossal flippers, the commander stands guard, hacking down any soldiers who attempt to pass. The goal is to shatter the enemy gates with the Odama and direct a crew of men carrying a giant bell to pass through the opened gates.
Gamers can use the Nintendo GameCube Mic (which is included with the game) to direct their soldiers out of the Odama's way and into the battlefield. Players must prove that they have the skill to back up the power of the Odama. You can also command men to charge the enemy, defend positions, seize the enemy gates and much more with the GameCube Mic.
If you are a fan of both medieval combat and pinball games - and let's face it, we've been waiting for a developer to combine the two - then this is a must-purchase.