Ultimate Chicken Horse (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a pretty simple concept for a game, but it’s also fairly unique from what I can tell.  Choose your favorite barnyard animal, like a horse, chicken, sheep, and more.  Then compete in short 2-D platform races where the winner gets points.  But before you start, each player can pick an object to put on the level, like platforms or traps to make it easier for them or harder for the other players.  Then you must navigate your newly constructed level to the finish.  There’s also a new Chimply Amazing Update that adds new characters, outfits, levels, objects, and more!  This madcap multiplayer game is available to download on nearly all the current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

To start, you must first choose if you’ll be playing couch multiplayer or online, although I imagine the game is most fun played locally.  Then you’ll pick your character and level in a treehouse hub.  There are several modes of play.  In Party Mode, each character can choose from a random set of objects each turn.  Then you race on the level and if at least one person makes it to the end, they’ll get points.  Whoever gets the most points or reaches a goal wins.  In the next turn, the pieces you placed before will stay, so after a few turns you’ll have one crazy level!  There’s also a Free Play mode where you have access to all the parts, and a Challenge mode that I haven’t figure out how to unlock yet.  You can also design your own levels and upload them to show off and download other creations, too.  Placing objects and making levels is super easy to do.

Play control is simple.  Run left and right with the analog stick, hold down the square button to run and the triangle button to taunt.  You can jump up walls like Mega Man X, too. Use mouse style cursor controls to design your levels. Really the main problem with this game is that you pretty much HAVE to have more than one player to enjoy this game.  It’s pretty useless as you can’t do hardly anything by yourself.  Shame they didn’t add a better single player experience or something.  But if you have a bunch of friends around a lot, this is tons more fun.

Kid Factor:

Ultimate Chicken Horse is rated E-10 with an ESRB descriptor of Fantasy Violence.  If you get hit by spikes or other traps, you’ll just flop on the floor for the rest of the turn and can get tossed about like a ragdoll.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, but not necessary just to play.  Parental supervision is recommended for online interactions, though.

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