- System: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Liquid Bit, LLC
- Developer: Liquid Bit, LLC, BumbleBear Games
- Release Date: Oct 11, 2019
- Price:$ 29 99 (Nintendo Switch)
- Rating: E 10+
- Genre: Action, Strategy, Platformer, Indie
- Specs: 64-bit processor and operating system, OS: Windows 7, Processor: 1GHz, Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Players: 1-8 players
- Official Website: http://www.killerqueenblack.com/
Who it Caters to
Starting as a field game (people ran around with foam swords and kickballs), BumbleBear games created a 10-player arcade cabinet as a prototype that premiered in 2013 at NYU’s fourth annual "No Quarter" exhibition for indie arcade games. It has since grown into an arcade phenomenon, with over 100 cabinets in the U.S. and an extremely active fan base of players who travel monthly to different cities to play competitively in tournaments.
Now, adapted for a bigger audience, the cult game will be available for everyone to play! The “Black” part of the title comes from there being a single Black team, clad in special, glowing outfits. Once dethroned by up-and-comers, the usurpers become the new Black team. These nail-biting competitions will be broadcasted at all times, making the ultimate team a coveted, constantly-shifting goal.
Split between two teams of four, there are three ways for one team to emerge victorious—gather berries, beat the opposing queen, or ride the snail. It sounds simple, but Killer Queen Black can get really intense really fast! Being a strategic platformer with a pretty simple game mechanic, it is good for all ages and anyone who enjoys those genres or those looking for an exciting multiplayer online experience.
What to Expect
While the gameplay maps and sprites are 8-bit style, the renders in other parts of the game are modern and have cool/cute designs for every character in the game—The Queens are badasses and the workers can be pretty cute! On top of that, the rock music in each stage goes really well with the game design and premise and really adds to the excitement during heated battles.
Killer Queen Black Release Date Trailer
Killer Queen Black is a literal to-the-death match between 2 teams of four—one Queen, and three Workers each. They must battle for the hive and there are three ways to ensure victory: Economic—fill up your hive with berries, Military—kill all 3 of the opponent queens, and Snail—ride the snail through your team’s checkpoint. Gameplay varies GREATLY depending on what character you choose to play as so choose wisely and, if possible, know each teammate's strengths for the most advantage.
By tapping the jump button, the Queen can fly and she can attack in sideways dashes or in a downward dive. Queens also the unique ability to claim gates for their team by simply flying in front of them, changing the gate to the Queen’s color, which means the gates will only be available for her team so only her workers can upgrade.
Maneuvering with the Queen is a dream because she moves at great speed and has jabbing power right off the bat. She can protect workers filling up the hive or keep opposing workers off the snail, but as mentioned earlier, she’s the only one with limited lives so there is a lot of pressure to not get killed. You could cost your team the match! This is part of why this game can get so exciting.
Workers can upgrade by picking up a berry and standing in front of an available gate—either grey (unclaimed) or their own team’s color. Each gate will have two symbols on it depicting what powers can be obtained there. There’s a lightning bolt for the speed boost (great for picking berries and riding the snail faster) and there are various options to become a Soldier—sword, shield, mace, and laser rifle—all of which come with the ability to fly!
Soldiers are fun because they maneuver kind of like the Queen—flying by tapping the jump button, using weapons with the attack button—but they aren’t usually getting attacked as aggressively so they get to cause more havoc. They can’t pick up berries or ride the snail, what with the weapons and all, but they are great for stopping the other team from filling their hive or getting a snail victory. The mace was our favorite soldier weapon because once you start it, it keeps going around the soldier in circles for a short while, hitting whatever it comes across.
Communication Is Key
3 Modes of Online Play
Ranked mode: This goes on your record. Get matched with players of your skill level, or join in with three friends and compete against other online teams to increase your score, rise in the leaderboards, or face the Black Team!
Custom Match: Create a private game and invite up to eight players online to battle for bragging rights—or just because!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
It’s also great that the game can be played solo, in local co-op, or online, and the tutorial and spectator matches are a great way to learn some useful strategies. Also, while most games are played with the gold and blue teams, there will be one black team in the ranks, which will keep its title, so long as it is never defeated. The honor also comes with a unique opportunity: The black team’s matches will constantly be streamed online!
- Easy to pick up and learn
- Can be played solo, locally, or online
- Great party game
- Challenging but fun and exciting
- Cross-platform (PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox coming soon)
- There are only 6 stages for now (this will change, more will be added)
- No PlayStation release mentioned
Honey's Final Verdict:
Check out the Killer Queen Black official site at the top for more info and to get yours! See you in the hive!