Fall Guys was a shock hit again in 2020. The then-indie developer Mediatonic’s tackle the battle royale style starring these humorous little jellybean characters took the world by storm in the course of the peak of the COVID pandemic. After an virtually two-year wait and coinciding with its free-to-play launch, Fall Guys has lastly landed on Nintendo’s turf with a strong, albeit flawed conversion.
For these of you unacquainted, Fall Guys is a 60-bean battle royale recreation present. Fairly than the same old battle royale fare of blasting your enemies right into a bloody pulp – or sending rubbish in Tetris 99 – Fall Guys is a platformer during which you compete in a number of totally different rounds of minigames to take the crown on the finish of the present. Consider it because the online game equal of Takeshi’s Fort (from which some rounds in Fall Guys are taken immediately), a present that any Individuals could know by its vastly inferior Craig Charles-less model, MXC.
Fall Guys’ matchmaking is break up into exhibits; you might have the ‘Principal present’ during which you and 59 different beans compete solo to win an elusive crown, which can be in rotation. You even have the choice to compete as a part of a two or four-person squad to win shards (of which 60 make up a full crown). There’s additionally a choice of rotating present varieties which vary from being so simple as squads with three gamers to specialised exhibits like Bounce Round, which supplies you two straight rounds of ‘Bounce Membership’ (adopted by its finals variant ‘Bounce Showdown’).
The sport’s rounds fall into totally different classes. Making up the bulk are races, during which you have to maneuver your bean by way of treacherous programs with solely the highest share of gamers qualifying for the subsequent spherical. Then there’s Survival, during which – because the title implies – you have to survive so long as doable, both till a timer runs out or a choose variety of gamers are eradicated. Hunt focuses on aims corresponding to having a tail when the timer runs out or spending a sure period of time inside a sure zone, and Logic, which consists of a few fruit-based reminiscence video games. Rounding out these classes are Group and Finals, that are variants of different classes centered on teamwork or being the final bean standing.
So what’s new with the Change model? Other than the plain addition of handheld and docked modes, not a lot. All six seasons of content material are included off the bat in addition to a model new seventh season mockingly named ‘Season One’, with each having a selected theme like Jungle, Future, or Medieval. Because the Change launch coincides with the free-to-play launch, options which are new to the sport corresponding to a premium battle cross are included.
Working at 720p / 30fps in handheld mode and 1080p / 30fps in docked mode, Fall Guys’ gameplay stays unaffected by the transfer to Change. Whereas we have skilled no noticeable body drops throughout our time with it, the menus and end-of-round screens appear to be a bit laggier than traditional (whereas this might very effectively be attributed to server points, it was not current after we checked different variations of the sport). The massive catch, nonetheless, is that each different participant within the match seems to be rendered at half the body fee in each handheld and docked modes. Whereas this has no impact on gameplay, it appears extremely uneven and stands proud like a sore thumb within the in any other case clean conversion to Change.
The Change launch consists of cross-play and cross-progression by way of using an Epic Video games account, that means your entire progress, emotes, and costumes (sure, even the Ps character ones) will carry over to Change. In the event you owned a replica of the sport beforehand on Ps or PC, you are additionally given the legacy pack, which incorporates unique costumes, nameplates, and free entry to the primary season’s premium battle cross. Price noting, nonetheless, is that there is no such thing as a assure that Change homeowners will be capable of entry legacy content material just like the Sonic and Doom crossover costumes – until after all they’re rotated into the store as soon as once more.
Nevertheless, because of the introduction of the premium battle cross and premium foreign money ‘Present-Bucks’ together with it, Mediatonic has made some modifications to the earlier in-game foreign money. Kudos – the sport’s essential foreign money – will not be given out after each recreation and might now solely be earned by way of challenges, and solely spent on gadgets with a standard rarity. Moreover, Crowns – which have been beforehand earned from profitable exhibits and have been in a position to be spent on particular outfits – are not spendable, with their solely use now being the crown rank system. Your whole account’s remaining crowns might be exchanged for Kudos. For veterans of the sport that is fairly disappointing contemplating Crowns used to really feel like a giant reward permitting you to get the very best costumes.
Fall Guys ‘model of chaotic enjoyable remains to be nice all of those years later, and the free-to-play Change launch isn’t any totally different, assuming you possibly can ignore your opponents’ uneven body fee. Whereas there are some disappointing components linked to cross-progression, these finally will not matter if that is your first time getting into the Blunderdome. Some moments of lag and body fee quirks apart, the Change model gives a strong option to play for those who’re searching for some barmy 60-bean battling and the barrier to entry has by no means been decrease.