For me, there are two category of games:
Category 1: Not Trash. For me, most games fall in the “not trash” category meaning my opinion of the game could possibly range from indifferent to love.
Category 2: Trash. Rugjen and I tend to call a lot of things “trash”. There are two definitions of trash. The first is obvious. The game should be thrown in the trash. The second definition of trash is sort of the opposite. It means you SHOULD hate it, it SHOULD be thrown in the trash, but you love it for all the wrong reasons.
Fall Guys is pure trash, but in the way that keeps you going back.
Fall Guys is the latest hype. It’s a battle royale game (think Fortnite, Apex Legends, PubG) that will bring you back to the days of Takeshi’s Castle, or MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, for those of you who don’t know the name of the original show. You play a jellybean-like creature. You battle 60 of your peers through various mini-games to claim the crown. As you level up, you earn “kudos” which is the game’s currency. You can buy cosmetics and emotes to customize your jellybean. There are different seasons to keep things fresh.
It is a straight-forward game. Controls are easy. Game play is easy. It is so easy that I feel like I don’t even need to go into any detail. I do, however, recommend that you play with a controller if you grab the PC version.
It is heckin’ fun. It is the type of game you play a few matches and move on with your life which is great for the casual gamer. If you get anxiety playing with strangers, you don’t really interact with others, so it didn’t bother me. I, typically, do not like playing with strangers and sometimes get anxiety. This game did not trigger that, because, for the most part, it is you against the other jellybeans. While there are some teamwork mini-games, you don’t have to really interact with any of them.
What I love about this game is there is a balance of skill and luck involved. I am typically not a fan of battle royal games. The turnoff has always been that I am a casual player and I don’t have the time to grind to improve my skill. That often leaves me being the first to die, or in team matches, being a burden to the more experienced players. It wasn’t my kind of fun because I was always left feeling inadequate and unskilled.
Fall Guys changes that. Instead of focusing on eliminating your peers, your focus is to get to the end of the obstacle course first. Yes, there is a small element of pushing jellybeans to their death to increase your chances, but those kind of strategies can quickly turn the tables on you. Also, there is a distinct lack of power-ups or weapons, so everyone really is on equal footing the entire match.
Is it worth the hype? I totally think so. For $20.00 on Steam or Playstation, you can’t really beat the value. You get a great game that you can play for hours, or for a few matches and still laugh at yourself. You can also team up with friends and try to stick it out together.
If you want to check out some game play, consider watching my video on Facebook! I’m terrible. So, so, terrible…
*P.S* I have been trying to get my FB videos to embed, but they just won’t. If you click the “Watch on Facebook”, it should take you there. Thanks!
Thank you very much for this very interesting and insightful post! I think Fall Guys has been a great new game and although there are some issues, I hope the updates are consistent so that the game can stay relevant and fresh! I actually wrote an article on my blog about What I Think Fall Guys Teaches Us About Humanity. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post and let me know your thoughts on it! Thank you very much and all the best 🙂