This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 57 May 2018.

Brawlhalla is an unexpected delight. It’s a combination of a platforming and fighting game which can be both a fun party game or a serious competitive title in equal measure. It’s easy to pick up and fiendishly addictive to try and master. And it’s all made even sweeter by the fact that it is free on PC and PlayStation 4.

Taking its cue from Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., Brawlhalla tasks you with defeating your opponents in combat by knocking them off the arena platforms you battle in. Think Sumo wrestling-meets Soul Calibur-via Donkey Kong and you may get the idea. Unnervingly, this entire act of viciousness is played out using cutesy-2D graphics inspired by the arcade classics.

You can choose from a number of ‘Legends’ to play as. Each of these characters have their own stats which invariably means you will need to find a character (or characters) that suit your playing style. The combat arenas generally combine fixed and moving platforms to use to your advantage, with weapons and other power-ups dropping in randomly.

Brawlhalla can allow for up to eight players competing at once which can be team-based or the obvious chaos that a free-for-all brings. As can be expected, that means the game offers plenty of different ways to play. Couch co-op and offline tournaments make for an entertaining party game atmosphere (until someone takes it all a little seriously of course). There are online game modes to really challenge yourself, as well as practice and tutorial modes.

Combat is generally based around simple controls and one-button special moves, with the jump button proving to be the most valuable asset in your arsenal at times. But this ‘simple’ game is anything but, and the more you play, the more you learn, and the more you improve. You really should get it.

Score: 8/10
Available for: PlayStation 4 and PC
Distributed by: Digitally