Title: Big Crown: Showdown
Developer: Hyper Luminal Games Ltd
Publisher: Sold Out
Genre: Arcade, Family, Party Co-Op
Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One & PC
Release Date: November 14th2018
Price: £9.99 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
What the developers say
Big Crown: Showdown sees friends become foes as they compete for the crown in 4-player local and online multiplayer combat, set over 3 wacky worlds full of medieval shenanigans. Avoid perilous hazards and engage in frantic fights as you attempt to knock your opponent’s off 15 crazy courses in the ultimate royal battle!
Big Crown: Showdown is a colourful, fun and at times chaotic up to 4 player experience. The opening sets the scene with Old King Krabbit being pushed from his throne by the Great Wizard Fonkin. It then becomes your duty as a Knight of The Grumblegard to battle it out to get the crown!
Look & Sounds
The game has a great look to it, and each of the levels is full of detail. The designs have a real cartoon charm feel to them, and that fits perfectly with what this game is all about. Each of the three worlds has their distinctive feel to them. The Knights are just as detailed as the worlds you are running around in. Using the tried and tested big head approach makes it clear to see your knights as you try to survive each level.
This game does my favourite thing when it comes to the sounds; it uses the DualShock speaker! The moment I jumped, and I got a little ‘humph’ sound from my controller the game had me. The music varies depending on what level you are playing. Each soundtrack complimented each level very well.
Gameplay and Replayability
This is an ‘endless runner’ style game where the camera is always moving forward. Fall behind, and you are dead. Each level does have an end to it, but in most cases, you will find players run out of life’s before you get there.
You and up to 3 other Knights need to make their way through the level while trying to knock each other off the map. There are three different worlds that you will find yourself playing in. Each world has five different levels in it, but after a couple of hours, you may find that you want something a bit different as you know the levels too well. More worlds might be a future DLC, but for now, this is what is in the game.
Stay alive the longest and work your way up to 20 points to get the crown, simple. I had the most fun playing with friends together as like most party games the enjoyment is in the moment and sharing it with friends. Playing online is good, but it lacks being able to taunt the person next to you as you watch them fall off the map.
As this is a party game, you can’t complete it. Yes, you can win a round and get the crown, but this game is meant to be enjoyed with friends over and over. Going back to this game after a break works as you have to learn the levels again. The most significant pullback will be to get revenge on anyone who was a bit too confident last time!
This is a fun little game that kids and adults will enjoy playing. Get a group of friends together on the couch to get the most out of this game. It needs a few more maps to warrant more extended periods of play, but there is plenty of fun to be had on the current content.