Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is one of the most popular games this summer.
And after having played it for several hours, I can confidently say it’s living up to the hype.
Fall Guys is published by Devolver Digital (Hotline Miami, Carrion, Enter the Gungeon)
So you may be remiss to think it’s solely a game for adults.
Indeed, the fact that it’s technically a “Battle Royale” could raise a few eyebrows.
However, this ain’t Fortnite.
Sure, it’s hotly competitive, extremely frantic, and will have you gripping your controller with white-knuckled abandon.
But it’s also, quite frequently, utterly hilarious.
Think game shows like WipeOut, Gladiators, or Ninja Warrior.
With a healthy dash of Hole In The Wall and the Puppy Bowl.
You’ll laugh with delight while your little avatar bean-person bobs and weaves, teeters and totters, flips and flops around each stage’s increasingly ridiculous obstacles.
Obstacles that range from giant fruit, rolling bouncy balls, propellers, flippers, hammers, and soccer balls.
Each mini-game is unique:
Some have you dodging obstacles and leaping over barriers in a mad dash to the finish line.
Others pit you and a random assortment of other players against other teams.
Still others test your reflexes and memory.
All the while, you teeter and totter around like a drunk toddler.
The in-app purchases and DLC are inoffensive and purely cosmetic.
And if you play this a lot (and you’ll want to play it plenty) you’ll easily rack up enough points (“fame”) to unlock the premium items.
All in all, it’s a delightful little family-friendly Battle Royale.
The $20 price tag may seem high, but you won’t be disappointed by any means.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is available on PS4, Microsoft Windows, and Steam.
I played the game on Steam with an Xbox 360 controller — so your mileage may vary.
You can watch me stream Fall Guys and other hilarious games Monday through Friday at 8pm Pacific on Twitch.