Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a 2020 platformer battle royale game developed by Mediatonic and published by Devolver Digital. It was announced at E3 in June 2019 and released on 4 August 2020 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4. The game draws inspiration from game shows like Takeshi’s Castle, It’s a Knockout and Total Wipeout, and children’s playground games like tag and British bulldog. Fall Guys received positive reviews from critics, who praised its chaotic gameplay and visual appearance.
Up to 60 players compete in matches with battle royale-style gameplay. Players, represented as jellybean-like figures, move around a three-dimensional playing field, with additional moves such as jumping, grabbing, or diving to assist gameplay. The aim is to qualify for subsequent rounds by successfully completing each of the randomly selected mini-games. Certain mini-games involve running towards a finish line at the end of the map, while others add elements of teamwork. On every mini-game, obstacles appear around the map for added complexity. Players who are too slow or who fail certain requirements for a mini-game are eliminated. On the final round, the remaining few players compete in a final match with a randomised mini-game designed for a smaller player size. The winner of the match is the last player standing.
Despite having played privately a fair amount prior, my first broadcast of Fall Guys was a brief one on September 4th, 2020:
A second, longer play took place on a casual afternoon stream on September 10th, 2020:
Moar kamikaze beans on September 15th, 2020. Still no wins.
Over a year after the game was first released, it’s time to get back on some Fall Guys. Joined by some wonderful members of my community, we take the Fall Guys world by storm… right until my PS4 decides to have a fit. It was nice while it lasted.
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