What we needed in these chaotic times was a game that consisted of little bean-like people with vivid colors, arms and legs, unintelligible voices and goofy costumes. These bean-like people are Fall Guys and they have become the next big online game. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was released on August 4, 2020 for Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows with critical success.
Fall Guys consists of 60 players that first start out in one of five rounds. The first round will have everyone in a race from one end of a level to the other. Up to around 43 players must first qualify by making it to the finish line at the end of the level to go on to the next round. If you do not qualify then you have to start all over with 60 new players. In the second round you will most likely again race to the end of the stage with a certain amount of players that must qualify to go on to the next round. After each round a certain amount of players are eliminated with the final round consisting of around 10 players. There are three main games which are race, survival and team.
The third round is when team games may appear. The team games is where Fall Guys suffers in play ability. The team games are based mainly on luck than pure skill. One team game has you playing capture the tail and the team with the most tails wins. Another team game has three teams grabbing the most eggs and retaining them at the end of the round. The only entertaining team game is having to push a giant ball from one end of the stage to another. The idea of having team games in Fall Guys is understandable but isn’t necessarily fun to play but merely hampers the overall game experience.
The final round has four potential games you will play with the last qualifying players. One common game is a race to the end of the stage where you have to press a button to grab onto the floating crown to win. Another final game has you running around on five stories of square platforms that disappear with each step. The final round is entertaining and nail-biting keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Winning each round awards you points and if you win all five games then you earn a crown. The points go toward your experience level as well as to use in the shop. You can customize your Fall Guy with goofy costumers like a chicken or hot dog costume. Preferably I like the chicken head with running shorts. To unlock different costumes as well as taunts you either use your points to purchase a costume, use your crown points to purchase a costume or play enough games to level up which awards you a free costume or taunt depending on the level. You have four different taunts to choose from if you have time during a round to use it. If I am one of the first to reach the end of the stage I will usually use the chicken taunt because you flap your arms and make chicken noises.
Fall Guys is an entertaining online multiplayer game that has elements of the quirkiness of Fortnite but with little bean-like people that can keep you entertained for days on end.
4 out of 5 cats