PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Fall Guys
At times there are games that get made – and that we test – that are technologically impressive, visually stunning, or maybe even have some new and groundbreaking mechanic… but are nevertheless not fun. From Developer Mediatonic and Publisher Devlover Digital comes a new battle royale game – Fall Guys which, at the end of the day, was pure fun. This is not to say that the game doesn’t look good (it does in a colorful and comically animated way), play well (it was smooth with up to 60 players all running around at once), or unique (it is), but what Fall Guys achieves is less about any of those elements than simply providing for an incredibly fun and wonky game-show-esq elimination game.
Put simply, you and up to 60 other players each inhabit a “Fall Guy” – a colorful tubular looking thing with short stubby legs and floppy arms – and proceed to play a series of knock-out games until one remains. Inspired by television obstacle games like Takeshi’s Castle and Wipeout, the mini-games are at the heart of this title, and at PAX East we were able to test 3 different ones: A mad dash down a long track, with various doors along the way – some of which brake away and some of which do not; a “tail-grab” game where only those with a tail at the end of the round move on; and an egg collection game where each team needs to grab eggs from the center and put them in your own goal. After each mini-game, certain players (or whole teams in the case of the egg game) are eliminated, until the final mad dash mini-game to be crowned the champion.
Not surprisingly, additional elements are also present, such as the ability to customize your Fall Guy, play with friends (in which case you will be on the same team in team games, but in solo games it is every player for themselves).
Fall Guys is looking at a summer 2020 release on PS4 and PC. If you enjoy some fun battle royale mayhem, keep an eye out for this title. You won’t be disappointed.