The latest Twitch craze is Fall Guys: Ultimate knockout, a game for squeaky little creatures that compete in a series of challenges to be the last bean. This is a charming, crazy little game that feels like a grand piano and Nickelodeon Guts.
Each “show” starts with 60 players who have to overcome various challenges to qualify for the next round and continue to play. It only took me a day to try all the challenges of the game, but on the first day there is enough variety to keep things interesting, and most of the challenges are quite easy and fun. There are a bunch of obstacle courses and mini-games, including memory matching, soccer and egg storage challenge, which is really just hungry hungry hippos. The controls are simple and it only took me a few minutes to master; you can only run, jump, dive and catch things.
Fall Guys is a delightful and colorful trifle: the perfect counterprogramming until 2020. Battle royale games felt fast and exciting to me, but they have largely become dark and stressful slogans with awkward walking and too much waiting time. Fall Guys avoids these pitfalls by reducing stakes, shortening waiting times and providing many fascinating and kinetic blunders. When it fails Fall GuysI often end up laughing at myself. If you are disqualified, it is easy to join a new game and start playing again immediately. And even if you qualify until the end, most matches last only about 1
I don’t see the game having the quarantine force of something like that Crossing animals unless developer Mediatonic adds dozens of challenges to prevent recurrence. (Side note: the company’s overly greedy social media presence almost turned me off to the game before I could play it, so engage with Fall Guys tweets at your own risk.) But for now, at least before Twitch’s most popular streamers throw it away and return to Call of Duty, Fall Guys is the perfect game for a terrible time.
Fall Guys is $ 19.99 and is now available for PC and PS4.