Fall Guys a fresh take on last-player-standing mechanic


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Getting tired of your kid playing Fortnite all day, where the objective is to kill opposing players? You’ve got to have them try Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which is goofy, not gory, and still utterly compelling. 

Developed by Mediatonic and published by Devolver, the game starts with up to 60 players at a starting line. They then have to run an obstacle course of one kind or another, trying to qualify for the next round by getting across the finish line in time.

In each round, another 10 to 12 players get eliminated. In this way, Fall Guys winnows the field until there is one player who grabs the crown at the end of the final course. You’ve got to clear three levels to get to the final round. 

There are a range of course types, including straight on races, obstacle courses, and team objectives that all seem to have been based on the kinds of games I used when coaching little kids in soccer. 

The game is available on PS4 and Windows—not Xbox One at this point. The developers say they based Fall Guys on the crazy Japanese game show Takeshi’s Castle, where real people ran through wacky obstacle courses.

The characters are like Weebles crossed with jelly beans. You’ll earn cosmetics you can use to change colours and dress them up in costumes, and the hyper-pastel artwork makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a cotton candy hallucination. 

Fun and frantic, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockdown is a hoot. 

The publisher says:

“Battle bizarre obstacles, shove through unruly competitors, and overcome the unbending laws of physics to avoid both humiliation and elimination. Leave your dignity at the door and prepare for hilarious failure in your quest for the crown!”

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