Review on Gang Beasts

Gang Beasts

  • Developer: Boneloaf
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Casual, Indie
  • Version: Release
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Official information

Release Date Dec 12, 2017
Developer Boneloaf
Publisher Double Fine Presents
Genre Action, Adventure, Casual, Indie
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazil
System PC, MacOS, Linux
Version Release

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Gang Beasts - A Party Monster We All Love

Let's imagine that:

a)     You've had enough of Guitar Hero licks.

b)     Too wasted to move your body with Just Dance.

c)     And forgot to pre-order Mario Kart  8/Mortal Kombat or whatever.

But you still need a title with a good potential for a multiplayer Bacchanalia! Then

Gang Beasts might be the right choice. Extremely goofy and violent choice maybe… Check out the Gang Beasts review to make sure you definitely need this game.

Survival of the punchiest

Gang Beasts game is a perfect example of the primordial, ruthless chaos. It's that special type of rambunctious fighter, in which you barely can analyze the situation to build a strategy whatsoever. Because its unpredictability mixed with lightning-like punches and calamitous wrestling moves never even allows you to stay focused.

The core gameplay idea is as simple as a mutton pie. We have a hazardous arena with a number of jelly-like munchkins annihilating each other. Smack/throw out of the arena everyone you see and try to be the last blob standing. It's not a rocket science really, however, the brawl itself isn't as simple as it seems to be.

First of all, the arenas deserve some special attention. The design of each little battlefield can be used to your advantage. For example at the Subway station, if you're lucky enough, you can push your adversary right under the train - just notice the pattern of train arrival.

Apart from jabs and wallops, tiny gelatinous fighters are prone to perform:

  • Headbutting - it makes your own skull boom a little when watching.

  • Grappling - not as good as in Conan Macgregor's case, but still may give you an upper hand.

  • Throwing - grab a body, throw a body.

  • Climbing up - climb up a wall in order to pitilessly dive down on an enemy with all of your body weight.

 

Apart from the beat-em-up regime, the game has a couple of other mods to offer:

  • Waves - you're teaming up with some friends/random players to survive the multitudes of AI beasts, crazed with bloodthirst.

  • Soccer - score as many goals as you can, while collecting slaps, smacks, and wallops.

To be honest, the Waves mode is disenchanting and pretty exasperating, due to its enormous difficulty. It might take you a whole hour to beat a single monster avalanche because of their disgustingly high AI IQ. From a promising past time, it quickly becomes a source of tooth-gnashing wrath.

As for the Soccer mode - it's something you might fiddle with a few times and then put it back on the shelf to never touch again. Although it has a portion of boisterous fun, just like a piece of gum, it loses the flavor quickly.   

Play dough battle royal

Probably one of the most resentful and entertaining tricks that the Gang Beasts has is its controls + physics combo.

Controlling a game isn't much of a brainer if we're talking about a console:

  • Shoulder buttons - your hands.

  • Face buttons - headbutting, kicking, jump-kicking etc.

However, at the PC everything is much more complicated: every active button has a number of moves assigned to it and you have to keep in mind when to tap or press it - your very life depends on it. But if you have the right timing, you can produce a perfectly devastating blow, laying your opponent on the ground in a coma state.

But the real nightmare and ruckus come when you realize that physics of Gang Beasts have been designed solely to tease the soul out of you.

A typical game's deathmatch can be best described as a clash between a group of heavily tipsy hippopotamuses on an ice skating rink. This is the reason why all of the players may often end up in a tragic group-suicide under a truck's wheel, for example.

The clumsy physics nicely co-exist with carefully drawn & animated arenas, each of which has a unique catch. E.g., you may end someone's existence abruptly by:

  • Throwing them into a meat grinder.

  • Pushing them off a purple zeppelin to dive into pavement.

  • Cutting off the elevator cabin thus committing a mass murder, etc.

This loony-cuckoony massacre is accompanied by numerous cathartic punch sounds and occasional maniac laughter produced by the beasts.

Naturally, the game is impeccable for online or party playing. And in the multiplayer mode, there's another pleasant bonus waiting for you - you can customize your character almost any way you want. Among the countless beasts we've spotted:

  • An Albert Einstein-clone.

  • A deformed Pikachu.

  • A gangster penguin.

  • A psychotic kitty-cat with a chilling, soulless stare.

And many others.

Gang Beasts download is available for PC, Linux, Mac OS or get a copy for PS4/Xbox One.

Alas, but no mobile version is available so far.

Tips & tricks

1. Like all classic brawlers, Gang Beasts has some combo moves:

  • Dropkick - press jump + tap kick.

  • Backflip - hold kick + tap jump.

  • Powerslide - hold kick + crawl.

  • Climbing - grab with both arms + jump.

2. The list of quite effective fighting techniques includes:

  • Berserk - left punch + right punch + headbutt.

  • K.O. backflip - do a backflip near any enemy.

  • Knock-out when knocked out - if an opponent is near you unconscious body, keep mashing headbutt or kick + hold jump.

Moreover, mashing buttons help you rise from a knock-out a bit quicker.

Worth replaying?

Gang Beasts is an outrage when it comes to playing with your buddies, especially in the same room. What a broad spectrum of emotions you will observe: from sincere joy to serious anger issues. Other than that the game doesn't have much use unless the authors come up with a number of captivating modes in the future.

 

Conclusion

Gang Beasts is an excellent choice for a social event, especially if you need to re-energize it. It doesn't work that well when playing solo and sadly it still has some technical imperfections. But it's okish for at least one hour of playing.

Cons:

  • Unsatisfying modes
  • Entangled PC controls
  • Unexpected glitches and bugs
  • Price of $20

Pros:

  • Very energetic gameplay
  • Good visuals
  • Works fine for parties and online gaming
  • Rich character customization
  • A great relaxant
7
Graphics
8
Sound
9
Gameplay controls
8
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