I have to admit, at first I had no plans on play­ing Fall Guys: Ulti­mate Knock­out, see­ing it as just anoth­er sil­ly look­ing bat­tle roy­al try­ing to cash in on the lat­est trend. How­ev­er, a friend of mine prac­ti­cal­ly insist­ed I down­load it and said I would­n’t regret it. Well, he was def­i­nite­ly right. Medi­a­ton­ic, the devel­op­er behind Fall Guys, has cre­at­ed the most inter­est­ing bat­tle royale I’ve ever seen; it’s engag­ing, col­or­ful, fam­i­ly-friend­ly and a great way to spend a few hours with your friends.

Although it may be in the type of cat­e­go­ry as games like Fort­nite and War­zone, it is the polar oppo­site of these games. There is no sky­div­ing deploy, no weapon or armor of any kind, no gas slow­ly push­ing play­ers to the immi­nent final cir­cle, and (more impor­tant­ly) no over­ly aggres­sive com­pe­ti­tion. The last char­ac­ter­is­tic list­ed is the biggest fac­tor that makes it so unlike a tra­di­tion­al bat­tle royale, as you’re typ­i­cal­ly hav­ing too much fun to be absorbed with want­i­ng to win. 

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Falling into a new match

The game is extreme­ly sim­ple from the start. It does­n’t take long to open, get read­ied up and be play­ing a match with­in a few min­utes (assum­ing you’re not hav­ing issues with the serv­er). The but­ton lay­out is just as sim­ple, with only three func­tions out­side of run­ning and mov­ing the cam­era: jump­ing, div­ing and grab­bing. For most of the game’s modes, jump and dive are the more impor­tant of the three.

Fall Guys Review - Most Fun You'll Ever Have Falling Off Platforms

A major­i­ty of these modes are for indi­vid­ual qual­i­fi­ca­tion, so elim­i­na­tion is real­ly based on how well you per­form. How­ev­er, there are a hand­ful that require a team effort to push to the next round. These team based modes are just as sim­ple and fun, but there’s always the pos­si­bil­i­ty of sub­par play­ers end­ing a good run. This can be a bit frus­trat­ing, as no mat­ter how hard I played some teams were just not good enough to make it to the next level. 

Fall Guys Review - Most Fun You'll Ever Have Falling Off Platforms

This game is actu­al­ly far more enter­tain­ing when you have some­one else with you. If I did­n’t qual­i­fy, I got to watch what­ev­er crazy antics were about to take place while I spec­tat­ed my pal. From just that alone, I’ve laughed more times play­ing this game than any oth­er game I’ve ever played. It’s also a breath of fresh air to cheer on a friend for a win, even if I was elim­i­nat­ed rounds previous.

Fall Guys Review - Most Fun You'll Ever Have Falling Off Platforms
He called him­self “Tou­can Samwhich”. I’m just an owl. 

There can be up to six rounds, with play­ers hav­ing to qual­i­fy in order to make it to the final round and for a chance to take a vic­to­ry. Rounds can rotate between 20 dif­fer­ent lev­els, with four of those specif­i­cal­ly tai­lored for the final round. For the most part, the last round can be guessed by just how many play­ers are head­ing to the final round. 

There have been sev­er­al instances where a team based round called Fall Ball (push balls into oppo­nent goals) came up with an odd num­ber of play­ers. Obvi­ous­ly, this sep­a­rates the teams uneven­ly, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to push balls to the oppo­nents goal and guard our own goal. Need­less to say, I was on the short end of the stick on sev­er­al occa­sions and lost because of it.

Fall Guys Review - Most Fun You'll Ever Have Falling Off Platforms

The char­ac­ters share the same sim­plis­tic style as every­thing else, and their bean-shaped bod­ies have no defin­ing mark­ers besides their eyes. They’re actu­al­ly adorable in appear­ance because of this. There are plen­ty of ways to cus­tomize these lit­tle guys. They can be sol­id col­ors, have lay­ered col­ors with pat­terns or be dressed in dif­fer­ent out­fits. An out­fit has a match­ing top and bot­tom, like the Pigeon cos­tume that’s cur­rent­ly avail­able through the free tiers with­in the game.

Of course, there is no rule that says the out­fit needs to match. I’ve seen rather odd com­bon­a­tions, like a pineap­ple top with pigeon bot­toms. Some the out­fit pieces have col­or vari­ants, which can be found ran­dom­ly in the in-game shop. New items rotate every­day in the shop, sev­er­al of which can be bought with the Kudos cur­ren­cy you make while play­ing the game or pur­chas­ing them with real mon­ey. Crowns, the pre­mi­um cur­ren­cy, can’t be bought and are only giv­en out in the tiers or earned for win­ning the final round (one for each victory). 

Fall Guys Review - Most Fun You'll Ever Have Falling Off Platforms

There is one gripe I have with Fall Guys, and it’s kind of a ridicu­lous one: oth­er play­ers. While an over­whelm­ing amount of peo­ple play fair, there are some who will try to sab­o­tage oth­ers’ good time. The grab mechan­ic is intend­ed to be used in cer­tain game modes, but play­ers will use it to grab anoth­er per­son stop­ping them from cross­ing the fin­ish line or mak­ing them fall off into the pit of slime (and ulti­mate­ly, elimination).

Bottom Line

For me, after play­ing Call of Duty for a sev­er­al hours a day, it can get a bit tir­ing. This could be applied to any game that has a stress fac­tor, like War­zone, Fort­nite, Apex Leg­ends and sev­er­al oth­er rather pop­u­lar online mul­ti­play­er titles. Fall Guys removes the stress that oth­er games have, instead replac­ing it with a fare more pleas­ant ver­sion of bat­tle royale. I also real­ly enjoy the lev­el design. Medi­a­ton­ic did an amaz­ing job cre­at­ing the lay­outs for these lev­els and I don’t find myself get­ting tired of them. The col­ors they chose to fill the world of Fall Guys, while bright, are not overwhelming.