The ancient Japanese art of battle pinball. Wait, what?
Ikaruga. Know what it means? We'll give you a moment. If you're still stumped, then you probably don't care about Odama. The very definition of a niche title, Ikaruga is a game that few non-hardcore gamers know about, a top-down, GameCube shooter that's as challenging as it is beautiful - and it's very beautiful. The point is, if you didn't track down Ikaruga and then spend hours mastering each and every level of that punishing but polished game, then you probably aren't going to want to spend the time and effort it takes to deal with Odama's bizarre mixture of pinball and strategy either. It's in the same class.
When we say strategy, we mean it. Odama truly brings pinball to the battlefield. No, it doesn't make much sense. It's probably a miracle that it even works at all - but it does, enough to make the game more than a mistake headed for the bargain bins. At its most basic, Odama is a pinball game: flippers, bumpers and a ball careening off of 'em. But it's also a strategy game, with armies clashing in a desperate struggle as hundreds die. And you're playing them both at the same time.