Gang Beasts (Switch eShop) Review

In the Party Game Hall of Fame, Gang Beasts is one of OG’s great dogs, along with Nidhogg, Jackbox, and Overcooked. Gang Beasts is a bizarre chaotic physics fighter that is based on the incompetent of its players to create cheer and cheer, and just like a massive chocolate cake or puppy, it has always been a huge hit when we take it out at parties.

It’s strange, then, that it took so long to get to the Nintendo Switch. It was available in Early Access to years, starting in 2014, and chances are, if you’ve played it, it may well have been that version from EA. Four years after his official Launching on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 has finally made its way to the Switch, which we’d say is the home of party games. (However, of course we would say that).

Gang Beasts on Switch plays quite well. It’s not a particularly graphically demanding game, and everything from its mechanics to its menus is pretty simple. There are two options: local play and online play, as well as various modes, including melee, gangs, soccer, and waves.

However, melee is what you want. That’s why people love Gang Beasts so much – the bendable rag doll punch that made this bone-free game soar in the public eye. Each level has various obstacles, from meat grinders to, er, massive flaps on the floor that keep being ripped open by large falling sausages, and the game is more about constantly avoiding these dangers than fighting. Of course, you can punch, kick and head butt your opponents, knocking them out and giving you a window of time to launch them against said obstacles, but it is very likely that you will accidentally fall on the train tracks or fall. the scaffold, yourself.

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Most matches end because people struggle to keep their jellyboys upright, much less to knock anyone else off a Ferris wheel. The winner is often, by default, the only person who didn’t trip over their own feet, but that doesn’t make it any less fun in the local game, because the fun it is the chaos. It’s more about laughing at the ridiculous moving bodies and useless flexible headbutts than the skill required to be really good at the game, and that’s fine with us.

But that means that Gang Beasts really doesn’t perform as well as an online multiplayer game. Without voice chat, which isn’t really one of the Nintendo Switch’s strengths, Gang Beasts is a frustrating game about fighting rogue physics with a group of silent strangers. Sure, you can get a third-party app for voice chat, but that defeats the point of a party game, although no one is having parties at the moment anyway, which is not the fault of Gang Beasts. You can invite people, but they already have to be on your Switch friends list, which is pretty standard.

We rarely got more than two other people in our matchmaking attempts, so the matches were somewhat dull and quiet, but the connection seemed good and the latency was perfectly fine. It doesn’t make much sense to criticize Gang Beasts for offering an online mode, because the online mode works as it should, and is there for the people who want it; We just find him a bit boring with strangers, that’s all. As for the Gang and Soccer modes, we never actually met enough people to make them work, so we can’t say how good they are.

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But the Switch is a natural home for local Gang Beasts play, if you have enough controllers. You can change some of the settings to determine how many wins you’ll need to succeed, as well as what color your character is, what costume to wear, and what setting you want, but ultimately, Gang Beasts keeps things going. very Simple, with developer Boneloaf seemingly aware that they found gold with the mechanics and don’t need to disguise things too much.

The game wrapper is, as a result, very pure bones. There are only Local, Online and Wireless options (to play locally with multiple Switches), in addition to the Costumes, Settings and Credits wardrobe. Sadly, the settings are sparse too, with volume controls, language options, and whether or not to turn on vibration. Button remapping and color blind options would be welcome, but not available.

Costumes, on the other hand, are plentiful, from licensed Rick and Morty outfits to adorable bear, dog, and cat onesies. They don’t add anything to the game mechanically apart from identifying your player, but they are cute.

However, with all that said, there are two questions that need to be answered: First of all, is Gang Beasts. yet a good party game and secondly, is it worth getting on the Switch? The answer to the latter is “yes”, it works well and is the Gang Beasts experience you would expect, but more portable.

The answer to the first one is a bit more complicated, because the point of Gang Beasts is that he’s badass and wacky, and … he still is. Honestly, there’s not a lot of polish, which is part of the appeal, and you might not want to pay £ 25 for a game that still looks like it came out in 2014. Only you can answer that question. If you love Gang Beasts and don’t mind paying 20-30 currency for the chance to have a portable version, then get it now.

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The allure of Gang Beasts has always been its fucking, unpredictable, chaotic physics fight, and you’ll be glad or disappointed to know that it hasn’t changed much since 2014. On Switch, it works well locally and online, though the chat options Switch’s voice tags make the latter a less attractive option. However, if you are a fan of portable party games, this is a classic that you should not miss.