Double Dare you to try to beat me.
Fall Guys has been pitched as a battle royale of kinds, and whereas Mediatonic’s sport is clearly standing on the shoulders of gaming’s present craze for slowly whittled 100-player match-ups, it borrows way more from madcap sport reveals than nervy shooters.
There’s Double Dare’s technicolour palette, and Gladiators’ violent soft-play aesthetic, however above all, there’s the “many change into few” mini-game format of Takeshi’s Fortress (or MXC when you’re from the US), wherein bodily video games act as an elimination gateway for quite a few contestants, getting tougher and tougher till the ultimate spherical leaves just some standing.
Fall Guys sees 100 gamers select and identify a wobbling, top-heavy avatar – suppose Gang Beasts’ jelly-like protagonists and also you’ll get the thought – earlier than being despatched by a gauntlet of semi-random video games, every ending in a swathe of gamers being eradicated earlier than the following spherical begins.
I solely play three of the 30-ish deliberate mini-games, however it’s instantly clear the idea works. The primary is a elevate of the ‘Knock, Knock’ sport acquainted to seasoned Takeshi’s Fortress viewers, albeit with the added twist that each contestant performs without delay. Gamers must run from one finish of a course to the opposite, blocked solely by a collection of four-door panels. Some doorways are actual, whereas others are stable, resulting in bumped heads and a brief wait as your Man picks themselves up. Anybody propping up the leaderboard after the race is run is knocked out.
The subsequent sport provides 50% of the remaining gamers a balloon tail, whereas the opposite half has nothing. Tens of gamers then scramble round a playground pitted with hiding locations and minimize throughout by monumental hammers, aiming to both steal or maintain a tail. Anybody with one on the finish of three minutes progresses to the following spherical.
To resolve the lone winner, we’re introduced with an uphill impediment course, full with rolling boulders, conveyor belts and climbing sections – the primary participant to make all of it the best way up and seize onto a floating crown is proclaimed the general winner. This would be the solely sport that seems in each match, however Mediatonic’s aiming to account for boredom and mastery by procedurally producing a brand new course every time, altering up the looks and obstacles for each new spherical.
Even with solely three human opponents and dozens of bots to play towards, every of the video games delivered on the guffawing scramble the builders are clearly aiming for – the promise of an enormous collection of potentialities, and that rush of understanding a private favorite has popped up, is already a significant a part of why I’m excited to play extra. Mediatonic plans to maintain issues recent by releasing new challenges post-release, too. Extra thrilling, nonetheless, is the thought of there being 100 people behind the pads.
Aside from the elevated problem of competing towards non-AI gamers, and the potential for mischief that entails, there’s simply one thing inherently enjoyable about understanding the particular person you’re attacking, annoying, or eliminating is one other human being. The truth is, it jogs my memory of one other sport present (albeit a digital one). I went into this E3 appointment anticipating Fall Guys to behave like a comedy battle royale, however got here out pondering extra about magnificent Xbox Dwell experiment, 1 vs. 100. Simply as that doomed enterprise turned 100 Xbox Dwell avatars into mixed opponent, rating card and schadenfreude vessels, the pleasure of Mediatonic’s sport will likely be in seeing the identical names repeatedly, constructing compact rivalries over the course of just some minutes and, hopefully, popping out on prime.
And that’s additionally why this definitively doesn’t act like a Battle Royale. The place most different 100-player video games depend on rigidity and gigantic maps, with opponents hardly ever assembly greater than as soon as, Fall Guys stuffs everybody onto a single display, provides them a set objective, and waits to see who comes out on prime, over and once more. It could be ridiculous, it would even be unfair, however it should positively be humorous. Feels like a very good sport present to me.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK Deputy Editor, and Takeshi’s Fortress is his favorite. Comply with him on Twitter.