Keyboard Sports - PC Preview

Master the keyboard, grasshopper

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: PC, Mac
  • Publisher: Humble Bundle, Triband
  • Developer: Triband
  • Release Date: Early 2018

Who it Caters to

Do you think you’re a master of your QWERTY keyboard? Have you made grandiose claims of how you could win Gold at the Olympics if there was a sport for keyboard typing? Well, time to see if you really are a master in Keyboard Sports. Grab your keyboards and lead a small chicken-like creature to the end of each map. It’s going to take everything you have to keep it alive, but if you’re as good as you say with your keyboard you might just stand a chance in Keyboard Sports.

What to Expect

Keyboard Sports isn’t meant to be a serious adventure narrative or action game. The idea of Keyboard Sports is to allow all PC and Mac owners the ability to use their keyboards in a goofy but fun way. With multiple levels of different things to avoid and do by slamming and hitting your keyboard, Keyboard Sports offers a fun but exhilarating keyboard based game. While the preview might not show off everything the final game could have, it does a good job of showing that you might need some training in the art of the keyboard even more than you think you did.

Story

An athletic but clumsy chicken-like being tried to run in a sporting event. Needless to say, it didn’t turn out that well. That’s because your keyboard prowess wasn’t good enough. Luckily, a master of the keyboard—named Master QWERTY—awaits you when you wake up from your sporting-event-gone-wrong. The master instructs you that there is a way for you to get better at the keyboard. However, to do so will require you to run a gambit of multiple trials all of which are tough, harsh and overly ridiculous. Can you accomplish this great feat and become the next keyboard master? Find out in Keyboard Sports!

Gameplay

Way back when on the internet a silly game by the name of QWOP released. The whole idea for this game was for players to slam their keyboards and control a very odd running man trying to get as far as humanly possible without falling. QWOP was one of the oddest ideas for a game but it showed that players didn’t need a gaming controller to have fun; they could just use their keyboards. Thankfully while Keyboard Sports echoes some of the ridiculousness found in QWOP, it handles things a lot differently for a very interesting experience. While the full game won’t release until early 2018, we here at Honey’s Anime have some thoughts on the preview build of Keyboard Sports and wish to share it with all of you out there on the internet. Welcome to our preview review of Keyboard Sports.

Keyboard Sports idea of gameplay is very simple. Choose a keyboard type—the game offers up two different keyboard models before you start the game proper—and then learn how to manipulate all the keys so you can move your character on screen. In the beginning, our preview build Keyboard Sports starts off easy and leisurely, however as we got closer to the end, the difficulty ramped up. Thus, we can already tell that Keyboard Sports will be a game that offers up a fun but challenging good time. We here at Honey’s Anime approve of this gameplay mechanic 100%

The controls for Keyboard Sports are paramount for a game like this to do well. Though we’re happy to report we had no issues with Keyboard Sports preview build. It takes a bit of finesse to get better with manipulating your character on screen but before long, you begin to realize how it all works. We do wonder if the final build of Keyboard Sports will have more types of challenges then the preview did but we’re expecting that answer to be a yes. As it is now though, Keyboard Sports has a lot of potential to craft some really cool challenges via your keyboard and we’re eagerly awaiting to see what those challenges will be.

Graphically and audibly, Keyboard Sports is actually rather cute in both regards. The music is great and at times laughable—especially when it becomes overly epic sounding—and the same can be said of the graphics. Various environments have a nice cartoonish look but offer up some impressive designs. While Keyboard Sports won’t push your computer’s graphics card to the limits it at the very least looks fun which mirrors the whole theme of Keyboard Sports to the letter. We saw a snow level, lava level and even a gladiator arena and honestly hope there will be even more cool level variants when Keyboard Sports drops in early 2018.

Now, let’s talk about the minor issues we had with Keyboard Sports. As we mentioned early please keep in mind that these issues could be addressed when the full game releases in 2018. Keyboard Sports is at times—especially in the beginning—almost too easy and then ramps up in difficulty quite fast. Needless to say, the final sequence had us raging a bit as we tried to not die over and over again. While loading was quick and painless, meaning we could jump right back into the level, we too often died because Keyboard Sports became extremely tough. This might be our own lack of keyboard mastery here at Honey’s Anime—though we hope it’s not—but in the final game, we hope there is a better spacing of levels so the difficulty doesn’t ramp up so quickly. Other than that, we do wonder how long the actual full game will be as the preview build of Keyboard Sports took us less than an hour and some change to complete. If Keyboard Sports will cost little, then that short amount of time won’t be an issue, but it will be a game of little longevity if the preview build was all of the levels available.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

Keyboard Sports is a comedic adventure game that we absolutely thought was silly but all too fun. Keyboard Sports had us worried seeing that it was completely keyboard based—something we’ve seen other games try and fail at—but developer Triband proved us wrong with this preview build. As it is right now, Keyboard Sports is an easy recommendation to anyone who wants a fun game that doesn’t need an impressive controller or set up to play. While the difficulty does ramp up really quickly and our experience with Keyboard Sports was short, so far as it is Keyboard Sports does a lot more right than wrong. We can’t wait for the full release of Keyboard Sports and hopefully we can review that for you beautiful readers out there in early 2018.

Honey's Pros:

  • Extremely fun keyboard based gameplay
  • Humor filled story
  • Cute and cartoon-like art and graphics
  • Nice variety of level design and situations
  • Has the potential to be amazing

Honey's Cons:

  • Short preview build makes us wonder about the full game’s length
  • Extremely tough difficulty spike

Honey's Final Verdict:

We here at Honey’s Anime have played our fair share of adventure/action games in our lives. While Keyboard Sports was offered to us as a preview build, we can honestly say so far we consider it to be a possible masterpiece. Keyboard Sports shows gamers out there that simple ideas can sometimes be just enough to offer robust gameplay and an extremely fun time. We are extremely excited to see developer Triband’s final product for Keyboard Sports but as it is right now, we could honestly say folks, keep your eyes peeled for a future release date confirmation as you’re going to want to buy this. Now that our review of Keyboard Sports has come to an end, what are your thoughts about it? Drop a comment on us down below and be sure to keep returning to our amazing hive here at Honey’s Anime for more game reviews and preview reviews!

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