I have to admit that I always had a certain fascination with independent video games. I don’t know about you, but I feel that there is something special about those games that their developers had so much faith in them that they were even willing to bet the future of their entire gaming company on their success.
Having Undertale in 2015 or Cuphead in 2017 as predecessors, in 2020 came a game that stole the attention of the whole gaming world. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
The title was published by Mediatonic and released by Devolver Digital, which if it sounds familiar, is because you know the classic Miami Hotline or the immersive Gris Also, the entry was released for PlayStation 4 and Windows, but there seems to be no doubt that it can be easily released in consoles of the new generation, as PlayStation 5.
Initially, the game is composed of 60 players and several elimination levels. In each one of them, the participants will have to go through different tracks of obstacles where although they do not eliminate contestants, there is only a certain capacity of players that can finish it. In this way, more and more reduced numbers of users will reach the final track and only one will be crowned as the champion of the level.
One of the biggest differences between Fall Guys and other contemporary titles is the feeling it gives the player. First of all, even though there are multiple levels involved, the games are quite short, lasting about 20 minutes if you reach the last one. Also, the contestants are encouraged to go as far as possible by offering them experience or in-game currency needed to buy skins.
Also, the game does not have any leveling or ranking system, so even if the player wants to win, he is not constantly stressed or playing without desire because he wants to climb to a competitive level. Moreover, one would think that the lack of leveling is bad, but in every game there are one or more levels in the team, generating a small factor of luck that makes that really anyone can be eliminated. Besides, this also benefits the search of games, because being a game where all are equal, the slots to begin each challenge are covered quickly.
Accompanying the friendly atmosphere, the title is composed of pastel colors and nice sound effects. The music works in an ambient way but encourages each fall guy to give it his all. Despite maintaining a neutral color palette, for several moments they take on a more intense tone that even seems to be in tune with the freneticism of the 60 players in early levels.
After being on the verge of bankruptcy in 2016, the biggest problems that Mediatonic has is that they are constantly extending the player capacity for their Fall Guys servers. The game arrived in a context where it was needed, and with the constant feedback that the developers decided to take advantage of, the franchise is going through an interesting path where it is more and more fun to play. In short, if you haven’t tried Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout yet, you should do so without a doubt because far from being just a fashionable title, everything indicates that it has come to stay.