Platform(s): PC (Reviewed), PlayStation 4,
Gene(s): Action, Casual, Indie, Massively Multiplayer, Sports
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Fall Guys is the ultimate party game that we needed in 2020. This is a last bean standing game in a battle royale mode. It’s the virtual equivalent of Takeshi’s Castle, Ninja Warrior, and Wipeout. The game is this wonderfully bright and fruit-filled levels of chaos where 60 beans start and get whittled down the winner bean through multiple puzzles (24 levels). It takes the approach of being focussed on the mechanics of a few puzzles and putting players against each other in a frenetic race to the finish.
The game hits the sweet spot of being amazingly fun, a mix of chaos, frustrating, and having a huge sense of accomplishment and relief if you win. The game isn’t perfect but everyone starts on the same level, a mixture of luck and good gameplay will get you through the challenges. The random events like a banana or an orange squishing you as you negotiate a travelator will happen, but you need to get up and persist. All the spills, the falls, and, squishing are hugely entertaining even if you are on the receiving end. This game hugely emphasises fun and playfulness but does have a competitive edge, these all combined are a superb treat. It nails the fun factor so well.
I have to say this such a breath of fresh air, a party game that is amazingly simple but super addictive and so fun. It requires very little to pick up and play. It’s fun if even if you don’t know what you are doing at the start. You will still enjoy the straight forward game mechanics in the multiple puzzles.
This is an online gaming experience that could do with offline local party mode but this doesn’t detract from how awesome and fun the game is. The game will leave you a little frustrated at the start as you constantly get bundled over as you try to qualify from your heat, but as you progress through the levels you have a huge pay-off which makes the game such fun.