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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a downloadable online multiplayer battle royale-style party game for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs. Players compete against 59 other competitors in a series of wild mini-games, avoiding elimination and trying to earn the top spot as last Fall Guy standing. Violence is minimal, with players simply bumping into opponents and getting bounced around by various hazards and obstacles in each round's stage. There's no communication between players, outside of customized emotes, though some rounds might require some level of teamwork to qualify and move forward. The game does feature both seasonal play and an in-game store, which gives players ways to both earn and purchase a variety of cosmetics for their Fall Guy character.
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What's it about?
Welcome, contenders, to the wacky and wonderful world of FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT. This online battle royale game show pits 60 players against each other as they bump, jump, and dive their way through multiple zany hazard-filled rounds in a mad dash to be the last one standing. Each round features new and unique challenges, whether it's swiping the tail off a fleeing competitor, racing to reach the apex of an uphill obstacle course, or teaming together to score goals in an oversized soccer match. You'll complete seasonal challenges for special rewards and earn Kudos and Crowns for simply competing. Then you'll spend your hard-earned spoils on colorful customizations for your Fall Guy, mixing and matching outfits, emotes, colors, and more to show off your personality and make yourself stand out from the crowd. Afterward, you can jump back into the action and keep fighting in this never-ending race for survival of the funniest.
Is it any good?
What do you get when you mix together the cutthroat competition of a battle royale, the fast-paced but casual antics of a party game, the hilarious hazards of a game show, and cosplay for good measure? Whatever it is, it's probably going to be pretty close to Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a zany hybrid of games that's easy to pick up and nearly impossible to put down. Sixty players, represented as little customizable jellybean people, race through a handful of randomly selected stages that slowly whittle away the competition. But rather than dodging a hail of gunfire from opponents, players instead run, jump, and dive through various obstacle courses and mini-games. The only player-on-player violence occurs when one player accidentally (or maybe not-so-accidentally) bumps another off the track and into the abyss below.
The controls, while simple, aren't exactly razor sharp in their precision. Instead, Fall Guys sort of stumble and fumble their way through each labyrinth of obstacles. While this might seem like it would take away from the experience, since all players are on the same level, it's still an even playing field. Plus, it adds a lot to the charm of the game, much like a match of human bumper cars. Even though the goal is to try to beat the other 59 competitors, players earn rewards just for participating. And, once eliminated, a player can just dive right back into the lobby and get ready to try again. From the first dash out of the starting gate to the final battle to claim the top spot, and every chaotic moment in between, Fall Guy: Ultimate Knockout stays true to its name, delivering a leisurely knockout blow to its battle royale competition.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about competition. What are some reasons we enjoy competitive activities such as games and sports? What can competitive games teach kids about positive attitudes and being a good sport?
How do you define a "casual" game versus other type of gaming? How can a less serious or less emotionally invested game help to relieve stress or boredom?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Devolver Digital
- Release date: August 4, 2020
- Genre: Party
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: September 30, 2020
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