Fall Guys is, for some people, a weapon-less Fortnite-killer, but other than the color palette and the last-man-standing approach, they have very little common when it comes to the gameplay. The seasonal model, maybe?
We're talking about a Battle Royale game that puts you against 59 other people, but instead of killing the other players, your objective here is to win every minigame... or at least, do it well enough to make it to the next round. If you're OK with competing against other players for daily and seasonal rewards, then Fall Guys will put you to test!
What to Expect
All minigames in Fall Guys are quite simple to understand, and you only need 3 buttons, so everyone can play. That being said, some games are harder than others, and some of them are team-based, so even if you know what to do and how to do it, that may not be enough to ensure victory for your team.
Maybe we can get more minigames in the future, but for now, there are 25 options available, although some of these depend on how many players are still standing, and some others are reserved for the final round. All in all, you definitely can expect a lot of frantic battles... and a lot of frustration!
The Fall Guys—these bean-like creatures who participate in the knockout shows—are absolutely adorable, but to be honest with you, everything looks cute in this game. For that reason, it's hard to get mad when playing something this colorful and sweet... even when you just got humiliated. For us, that's part of Fall Guys' charm, not only because of the characters but also because of its entire visual appeal.
The menus are super user-friendly, the rules to every game are visible at all times, and your seasonal progression is pretty straightforward, too. Nothing in this game feels new or envelope-pushing in terms of the graphics, but there's nothing to criticize about how Fall Guys look.
In a game like this, where you're always worried about all these obstacles and people in your way, it's hard to take a minute to enjoy the music, so there's not much to say about Fall Guys' OST. Nevertheless, we did like the fact that all the songs are upbeat and cheerful, so that's a plus in our book... and one of them has really strong Crash Bandicoot vibes, so that was an instant hit for us. In terms of SFX, Fall Guys does an incredible job with all the jumping and bouncing, which obviously plays a big part in the whole gameplay and how you react to everything that's going on around you. All in all, it's nothing otherwordly, but it works!
We're finally in the Gameplay segment, so let's talk about the most important part of Fall Guys. Every show consists of 60 online players—if matchmaking is working as intended—competing against each other in several knockout minigames, but not all of them are the same. Most of these are obstacle races, so your objective is to be fast enough not to finish among the last, avoiding disqualification. Then we have some team-based games that involve stealing eggs from other teams, pushing enormous balls to a specific place, or jumping through giant hoops for points, for example. Some other games are more about surviving, so all players can win as long as they don't fall off a rotating platform. Of course, we're just describing a few games and not all of them, but most of these are randomized anyway, so don't try to memorize any pattern!
Since you never know what minigame will come next, some shows might take you 6 rounds to win while some others only take you 3. Oh, and disappointment is always a factor, so most people may disconnect at the most unexpected times... so never give up, because you may end up winning!
Some of you could find these games too repetitive, which might lead to boredom, but that's wasn't the case for us. Much to the contrary, it gets disgustingly addictive, and you can always aim for a certain cosmetic that takes your fancy. With every match, you win Kudos that you can use to buy new costumes, celebrations, or color packs; at the same time, if you win the first place, you get a crown, and crowns are used to buy epic rarity items. That's what keeps you going match after match, as well as the items you get with every new level. Of course, items in the store reset every 24 hours, and if you like spending real money, you can pay for Kudos, too.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
We're so into Fall Guys right now, and we find its premise extremely addictive and family-friendly. Sadly, the servers got flooded on the first day, so the experience wasn't the best with all those sudden disconnections. That's a clear sign of how popular this game is right now, though. It's free for those who pay for the PlayStation Plus membership, after all!
All rounds are fast-paced and incredibly fun.
Once you lose, you can instantly jump into another match.
Although most games are skill-based, all of them have simple rules that are easy to follow.
We can't wait for more customization options!
A lot of server issues on day one (and two), but that's normal for such a long-awaited game... that's also free on PS Plus!
Honey's Final Verdict:
Fall Guys' Season 1 ends in 2 months, so there's plenty of time for you to join the madness and claim all the available items. Like we mentioned before, it's an online-only game (no off-line story mode), but it's definitely worth it if you like Battle Royale games without weapons or a toxic chat. And hey, if we managed to win a couple matches, you can do it too!
Author: Rod Locksley
Hey! I'm Rod, and when I'm not watching anime or playing video games I'm probably writing about them, but I'm also a graphic and web designer, and I even published a comic book and worked like 4 years for a well-known MMORPG. Curiously, my favorite series are quite different from each other, so I'm still trying to understand what I really like in an anime...