A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a game about killing rival players' avatars with weapons, but ground rules presented at its outset strongly encourage players to keep things friendly and civil. Play promotes both teamwork and friendly competition.
Positive Role Models
The animals seem to want nothing other than to kill each other and be the last critters standing.
Ease of Play
All players need do to get started is move around the 2D map using a thumbstick and pull a trigger to shoot. That said, success is highly dependent on player skill. It will likely take plenty of practice to become good enough to defeat the best players and win a match.
Violence & Scariness
Small, two-dimensional cartoon animals controlled by humans attack each other with a wide array of weapons, including swords, guns, and grenades. They flash red when injured and fall to the ground and disappear in a small puff when defeated. There's no blood or gore.
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Products & Purchases
Players can spend real money on in-game currency used to unlock a variety of reward-based challenges and cosmetic upgrades. It isn't necessary to spend money to progress or win matches.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Animal Royale is a cartoonish battle royale game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows, and macOS. Up to 64 players fight each other on a large two-dimensional map viewed from a top down perspective. Player avatars are colorful, cartoonish animals armed with a variety of weapons, from bows and guns to swords and grenades. Combat is constant, but there's no blood or gore. The animals simply flash red, fall to the ground, and disappear in a little puff when defeated. Though this is a game focused on fighting, it also has potential to encourage friendly competition and a sense of team spirit during co-operative team play. This is a free-to-play game and players need spend no money to play or win, but parents should note that players are encouraged to spend money in the in-game store on cosmetic upgrades for their avatar and seasonal passes that offer unlockable rewards.
Is It Any Good?
This is a good bet for kids itching to try battle royale games who may not yet be ready for grittier fare such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or Call of Duty: Warzone. Super Animal Royale strips the genre of blood and gore, replacing these more mature elements with cute cartoon animals and generous dollops of humor. And by setting it in two-dimensions rather than three, the game becomes accessible to a much broader array of players, including those who may find first- and third-person combat too frenetic and intimidating. Despite these changes, the core battle royale tenets remain intact. Players still need to start off scavenging for weapons and gear, are still pushed into a progressively smaller safe zone, and the main goal is still to be the last player standing -- which, it's worth noting, requires no small amount of skill and practice. This may be a more kid-friendly game than other entries in the battle royale genus, but it's not child's play. You still need to be good to win.
And it has plenty of nice touches that help flesh out the experience, like a shooting range in the lobby where you can pick up and test out a variety of weapons before diving into the game, fun modes of transportation such as hamster balls and emus, and a line-of-sight mechanic that cleverly allows for strategy and hiding despite the top-down view. There are even bits of story you can uncover by talking to any non-player characters you happen to run into. It's a simpler variety of battle royale experience, to be sure, but it feels fully baked and is brimming with fun little surprises to be discovered as you progress. Super Animal Royale is a welcome addition to the category, providing a friendly competitive experience suitable for a broad range of ages, from elementary school kids to adults.
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