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 throughout the top of the COVID pandemic. After an nearly two-year wait and coinciding with its free-to-play launch, Fall Guys has lastly landed on Nintendo’s turf with a stable, albeit flawed conversion.
For these of you unacquainted, Fall Guys is a 60-bean battle royale recreation present. Somewhat 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 wherein 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 Citadel (from which some rounds in Fall Guys are taken straight), a present that any People might know by its vastly inferior Craig Charles-less model, MXC.
Fall Guys’ matchmaking is break up into reveals; you might have the ‘Foremost present’ wherein you and 59 different beans compete solo to win an elusive crown, which can also 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 sorts which vary from being so simple as squads with three gamers to specialised reveals like Bounce Round, which provides 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, wherein you could manoeuvre your bean by means of treacherous programs with solely the highest proportion of gamers qualifying for the subsequent spherical. Then there’s Survival, wherein — because the identify implies — you could survive so long as doable, both till a timer runs out or a choose variety of gamers are eradicated. Hunt focuses on aims comparable 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 Staff and Finals, that are variants of different classes centered on teamwork or being the final bean standing.
So what’s new with the Swap model? Except for the apparent 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 satirically named ‘Season One’, with each having a selected theme like Jungle, Future, or Medieval. Because the Swap launch coincides with the free-to-play launch, options which are new to the sport comparable to a premium battle go are included.
Operating at 720p/30fps in handheld mode and 1080p/30fps in docked mode, Fall Guys’ gameplay stays unaffected by the transfer to Swap. Whereas we’ve skilled no noticeable body drops throughout our time with it, the menus and end-of-round screens appear to be a bit laggier than normal (whereas this might very properly be attributed to server points, it was not current once we checked different variations of the sport). The massive catch, nevertheless, is that each different participant within the match seems to be rendered at half the body price in each handheld and docked modes. Whereas this has no impact on gameplay, it seems extremely uneven and stands proud like a sore thumb within the in any other case easy conversion to Swap.
The Swap launch consists of cross-play and cross-progression by means of the usage of an Epic Video games account, that means your entire progress, emotes, and costumes (sure, even the Ps character ones) will carry over to Swap. If you happen to owned a duplicate of the sport beforehand on Ps or PC, you’re additionally given the legacy pack, which incorporates unique costumes, nameplates, and free entry to the primary season’s premium battle go. Value noting, nevertheless, is that there isn’t a assure that Swap house owners will be capable to 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.
Nonetheless, because of the introduction of the premium battle go and premium foreign money ‘Present-Bucks’ together with it, Mediatonic has made some adjustments to the earlier in-game foreign money. Kudos — the sport’s important foreign money — will now not be given out after each recreation and may now solely be earned by means of challenges, and solely spent on gadgets with a typical rarity. Moreover, Crowns — which had been beforehand earned from profitable reveals and had been capable of be spent on particular outfits — are now 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 an enormous reward permitting you to get the perfect costumes.
Fall Guys’ model of chaotic enjoyable remains to be nice all of those years later, and the free-to-play Swap launch isn’t any totally different, assuming you possibly can ignore your opponents’ uneven body price. Whereas there are some disappointing components linked to cross-progression, these finally will not matter if that is your first time coming into the Blunderdome. Some moments of lag and body price quirks apart, the Swap model presents a stable strategy to play should you’re in search of some barmy 60-bean battling and the barrier to entry has by no means been decrease.