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!


  • 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.


  • 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


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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