Big Crown: Showdown DEALS
We have slowly seen an increase of small, fun games which allow you and friends to play on one screen, like the good old days. Games such as Speed Runners and Nippon Marathon bring both joy and competitiveness from one platform. So, are we hoping to see something similar with Big Crown: Showdown?
Big Crown: Showdown is a medieval Battle Royale style combat. Not in the way you might think however. It’s more relatable to the retro game Crash Bash and Speedrunners than anything else, all of them having the same objective, being that there can only be one winner. Players must compete against each other through different levels, avoiding crazy obstacles, as well as their opponents attempts to push them off the map.
Devs: Hyper Luminal Games Ltd
These guys are all about ‘FRREEEEEDOOOOM!!’ to play games and have fun. Excuse the pun – they are from Dundee, Scotland. They sound like a tight group of collective minds, combining their passion for games and developing them into groups for all ages.
“We believe creative collaboration is the key to success. We value our employees’ commitment and strive to ensure all team members are included in a range of after-work activities to help prosper their curiosity and creativity. Including exciting games nights, delicious dinners and unique team based events.”
Their bio translates beautifully into their brand-new IP, Big Crown: Showdown.
A fairly simple story. You play as one of the Grumble Guard, a collective of knights that protect the king, Old King Krabbit. Unfortunately, it seems you didn’t do a good job of it, and he was thrown out of his throne, his crown taken from him, and usurped successfully all by an evil wizard called Great Wizard Fonkin. He teleports our collective rag-tag’s to a dungeon were they find out they must amuse him by competing in assault courses against one another, in an attempt to win the very crown stolen from their now deceased king. With me still? A bit mad, but that’s exactly what this game is about… madness.
Gameplay and Features
Some pretty simply features to be fair, customisable hats and attire which can be purchased with coins you earn throughout levels. The controls themselves are simple enough to understand; a button to hit people, hold it down to hit harder, a button to use a shield to defend yourself from said hits, and the usual directional movements as well as a jump – simple.
The gameplay itself. Players will take part in a series of levels, in a tournament style system. Each player has 3 lives. If a player is knocked off the edge of the map, into a trap, or even into water, they lose a life. If there is one winner left standing, they will receive points depending on how many lives they have remaining. It is possible to have multiple winners if they last to the end of the level intact, and jump through the portal.
It’s a balance between playing the levels themselves, and knowing when to push your opponent’s off the edge. The levels are constantly moving so there isn’t any time to stop, but there are areas which allow for a fair bit of movement to assure your opponent’s demise. The levels themselves are pretty fun to play through as well. Very mechanical, with a lot of moving parts like platforms, swinging logs and rising water levels, there’s a lot of opportunities to catch your foes out, just make sure you watch your step. It’s great fun in general though, when you land that perfect charged shot on a friend to knock them straight into that swinging log, it’s a good feeling, even against your best friends.
Good thing about this game is it’s not just online play but local, couch co-op madness, which has been lost with the growing rate of online games these days. It’s great for kids as well, very fun and enjoyable, easy to pick up and learn, and a great experience for a wide variety of ages. There are, however, a few drawbacks.
The online player base is a myth, it’s like being one of those midnight radio operators trying to find another signal, god knows how long it could be before you find another person playing. Also, it isn’t possible to play solo either. I was somewhat under the impression that the game would include CPU’s or Bot’s, so there would be a chance to play some of the levels and get some practise in, but there isn’t any.
So, the only time you can play this game then is online with a non-existent player-base, or with your mates all together. I’m going for the latter, but I wish there was more playability. There are 15 levels in total with 3 different settings and scenarios. They are quirky and have their own characteristics about them, but there’s not enough of them. You could be playing for around 3 hours or more and you would have them all figured out. If there were maybe 5-10 more levels, with maybe 1 or 2 different scenarios and settings with them, it might create a bit more variety and lengthen playtime. It’s just too short otherwise.
Graphics and Audio
The sound effects are a little touch and go in places but they do their job. You will know what is charging up, if you have been hit, fallen off and so on, if you had a blindfold on. What’s really cool about the sound is the music. It’s adorable. Upbeat tunes of chivalry and medieval themes will put a smile on anyone’s face. They continue and change accordingly depending on the setting of the levels too, so you’re not always getting the same battle tones throughout gameplay.
The graphics have a retro and bold setting to them. Big colours with broad outlines really bring the cartoon out in this one. It’s very cleverly crafted to bring in a lot of detail throughout the levels as well; the Egyptian setting has appropriate decors like pyramids and hieroglyphics, with sharp edges and tight corners, whereas the frozen setting goes for more softer effects with the use of snow and rounded objects like fallen trees and boulders trying to crush you. This of course being all crafted in their own style, and it suits the game very well.
Go back in a time in history where arena styled, couch Co-op, with original Battle Royale style gameplay mixed with mechanical and diverse levels that keep the pace of the game moving. Story makes no sense really to the game but by the time your pushing your friends into trouble, it doesn’t really matter. Just remember that it is sort of couch co-op only as trying to keep up with the modern touch of gaming to date, with online play, has left the game hanging a bit high and dry. But would definitely recommend if you like having a party around your place for some retro-grade fun.
Big Crown: Showdown
Go back in a time in history where arena styled, couch Co-op, with original Battle Royale style gameplay mixed with mechanical and diverse levels that keep the pace of the game moving.
- Fun enjoyable Gameplay
- Audio is fun to listen to
- Great game for all ages
- Online player base is dead
- Can get repetitive after a few hours
- No solo play