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Why Is Fall Guys So Popular?

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has set the gaming community on fire since it dropped at the start of the month. The game’s launch was a bit rocky thanks to frequent server issues and people literally not being able to change, but things didn’t slow down. Online stability improved, and the number of players and streamers skyrocketed. The big question is: How did Fall Guys become so popular? The answer may be staring us in the face.

Why Is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout So Popular?

It Just Looks Fun

A large part of what makes games appealing is how they look. While Fall Guys is definitely the simplest looking of all the most popular battle royale games, it’s also one of the most colorful. Sharing a similar style to something like Gang Beasts, the graphics are always pleasing to the eye. The rounded shapes also help foster a fun and friendly atmosphere despite its highly competitive nature.

Simple to Learn, Hard to Master

One thing that players dread about modern games is the mandatory and overly complex learning curve. The rules and controls in Fall Guys are taught with just a few slides that are clear, concise, and can be skipped through in about 10 seconds. While the experience is made up of many different mini-games, each one uses the same few basic controls. However, thanks to ragdoll physics, the action can be deceptively challenging during segments that require finesse. This gives it value to both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

Short and Sweet

Not everyone has a lot of time to devote to video games. The developers at Mediatonic seem to have considered this, since most Fall Guys matches take less than 10 minutes. Matches may even be shorter depending on how many players there are at the start and how many eliminations occur. It’s wonderful if you’re looking for a experience that doesn’t demand much of your time, but still gives you that signature multiplayer rush.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is popular because it looks nice, it’s easy to learn, just challenging enough to be addictive, and matches end quickly. Plus, it’s currently free to download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. If you want to try it for yourself, you can pick the game up for PS4, Xbox One, or PC.

Written by Andrew Smith