Parents' Guide to

Conan Chop Chop

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tongue-in-cheek co-op hack 'n' slash is better with friends.

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Sometimes what starts off as a joke ends up getting a life of its own. Conan Chop Chop is a prime example of this. When the game was first "announced" as an April Fool's Day joke, complete with "12K 360-degree Virtual Virtual Reality" and a two thousand player Eye of the Storm battle royale mode, it was obviously a prank. But in response to fan reactions, it's now seeing the light of day as a complete game … though it's standard definition and co-op play has been trimmed just a bit from two thousand to up to four. While it should come as no surprise that this is a tongue-in-cheek punchline to what began as a silly joke, Conan Chop Chop still offers some quirky fun to gamers, but with a few gripes and groans along the way.

Right from the opening cutscene, the cheesy voice acting and stick figure art style let players know that this isn't a game that takes itself seriously. Once the action starts, characters happily skip and bounce around the screen, gleefully hacking and pummeling anything in sight. The controls have been improved from the days of Early Access, giving players a full 360-degree range of attack with the right thumbstick and a way to quickly switch from melee to ranged with the left trigger. This makes a world of difference in when you're under attack from all sides. The gameplay still has some quirks though. For example, it's relatively easy to block enemy attacks, but to parry those attacks requires more precise timing. This wouldn't be such a bad thing if the enemy attacks weren't a bit off in their timing. Also, even though there is a Tutorial to play through, it doesn't help with anything more than the bare basics of controls, leaving a lot of the mechanics of the game for players to discover on their own. It can make for occasionally brutal runs with very little progress. Things improve somewhat if you can grab a few friends to play with, each of you covering the others' backs. And with online play added to the mix, it's a lot easier to grab a few friends for either local couch or online co-op play.

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