Review: Big Crown: Showdown (PlayStation 4)

Big Crown: Showdown sees friends become foes as they compete 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 opponents off 15 crazy courses in the ultimate royal battle!

Pros:

  • Cartoon Graphics.
  • 3.49GB Download size.
  • UI Size slider.
  • Online and local play support.
  • Local- Quickplay and custom (find/create).
  • Online- Same as local but with an added server browser.
  • Swag- Shop to buy new hats with 16 on offer with an additional 4 Xmas themed hats.
  • Earn coins from chests in the game.
  • Custom game options- Lives/maps/victory points/combat power/map speed and regicide bonus.
  • Maps- Three areas with five levels in each. Themes are Castle/Portside and Snowy Mountainside.
  • 2-4 Player online/offline player limit.
  • Gameplay- Violent scroller! Level keeps moving like a scroller and you all fight each other whilst avoiding obstacles and doing in level jumps.
  • Fun!
  • In the local play, all coins collected by all players go to the player one account who then buys the hats that are then available to all players.
  • Easy to pick up.
  • Controls- Jump, Block, Attack and charged attack.
  • 19 Trophies.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • Great couch co-op game.
  • Well polished.

Cons:

  • No tutorial/explanation.
  • No Bot support.
  • Levels are short and this is more apparent in faster scroll speed games.
  • No offline singleplayer modes.
  • The camera is set and can be a bit awkward like obscuring your view.
  • Not a lot of level interaction.
  • Repetitive.
  • the UI can get in the way regardless of size.
  • No weapons.
  • Only one control layout.
  • Left wanting more.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Thanks to Big Crown Showdown I have created a new genre name, I give you the Violent scroller! As a fast-paced scroller fighting game, Big Crown showdown is beautifully crafted and a lot of fun to play. I had better fun playing local than online but that’s a personal preference. I liked the level design, Graphics were charming and hats, Who doesn’t like collecting hats? I did, however, wish it had just a bit more. A bit more level variation, A bit more additions like weapons but for what it is is very fun and very easy to pick up and play. Controls are simple and when you want a challenge jack up the scroll speed, The true heroes emerge then! In short another solid party game to add to your library.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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