Drink More Glurp
Publisher: The Yogscast
Genre: Local Multiplayer, Party, Sports
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Age Rating: PEGI 3
Release Date: 06/08/2020
A code was provided for review purposes.
Take Me To Your Leader
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if aliens discovered Earth? Have you ever wondered how different those aliens would be from our civilization? If the answer to either of those questions is a cautious yes, then the chaos that ensues in Drink More Glurp is a game you should not miss.
The basic concept of Drink More Glurp is that aliens have discovered sports through intercepting a broadcast from Earth. They attempt to recreate a version of it on their home planet, but they also integrate sponsorships into their competitions more than is necessary. This leads to a party game you can play locally with up to 20 friends that can lead to hours of gameplay in which every play session is different.
Getting Value Out of Your Joysticks
Drink More Glurp is a game that is a lot harder than it looks, despite its simple controls. The controls you have to manoeuvre your alien character across the levels are separate joysticks to rotate each arm and grab buttons for each arm that can also perform many other actions when affected by sponsorships. It may seem easy to control, but sometimes in the middle of a race round that is looking like it is going to be close, your brain can get twisted, and it will feel like you are holding the controller upside down.
The wacky physics and controls consistently led to hilarious outcomes where players could try to go in one direction, but one accidental flick of the joystick in the wrong direction would send them straight back to the beginning of the level. This did cause some frustration while playing but made it more fun for players on the bench to watch.
So, What is Glurp?
There are over 25 different sponsors in Drink More Glurp, each of which will drastically affect the way you will have to approach a course. Every time you start a game, the course you get and the sponsorship acting on it is randomized, leading to thousands of comical combinations that make each time you sit down to play with friends or family different. For instance, a level in which players have to roll down a hill and avoid obstacles was paired with a sponsor that made players able to fly over all of the obstacles on the way down!
Sadly, sometimes this premise would falter slightly. Some more obvious soft locks were removed, but while playing, I encountered a sponsor that gave me T-Rex arms but tasked me with throwing a giant beach ball quite high over an obstacle. I doubt these occurrences would be common, however, and it did not significantly impact my experience, as it only happened once in about four hours of playtime.
Fumbling With Friends
The multiplayer experience of Drink More Glurp is truly the best way to play the game. The game supports pass and play controls, so you can have up to 20 people in a game taking turns trying to get the best scores on a course. I played multiple sessions with some members of my family, and it seemed to appeal to everyone playing.
Playing in party mode lets sponsors randomly appear before each event to affect the way you need to play it, such as changing the gravity, shortening the player’s arms, or giving you laser hands. You are also able to fully customize your alien character, with a colour scheme and hat. Party mode can allow for endless hours of playtime with thousands of event variations and is, in my opinion, the greatest way to play.
The single-player experience of Drink More Glurp’s “Challenge Mode” is a passable one, but nothing remarkable. It sends you through preset levels and sponsors and tasks you with getting medals or high scores on a leaderboard to unlock cosmetics for use in any mode. It’s not that the mode is bad, because it can indeed offer a lot of hours of fun, but only if you are interested in being highly competitive against the hundreds of other people that are looking to beat the world records. There is a replay mode offered to help you refine your technique, which is a big feature as far as leaderboards in games go.
I believe the silly, slapstick nature of the controls does not mix well with the precision required to complete some of the courses very fast, but that could be a matter of personal preference.
After spending time playing Drink More Glurp with family, I can already tell this will be a staple of my party games and it offers a lot of value at its price point. Its accessibility to all ages and humour offered from every round never ceases to entertain, and playing with at least one other person elevates the experience a lot.
Unfortunately, the single-player experience does fall short to the party mode from being more of a grind than anything enjoyable. If the game offered something along the lines of a single-player campaign, maybe with some more twists on “aliens copying Earth trends”, I think it could be a lot more enjoyable as a solo game.
Rapid Reviews Rating
You can purchase Drink More Glurp from the Nintendo Store.