Brawlout isn’t a new game by any means, with an original launch in 2017, but the Deluxe Edition was at last launched officially in Southeast Asia, packing the base game and its DLC. This platform fighting game has 25 colourful characters you can choose from, with four of them being guest Brawlers from other indie titles. Let’s jump right in!
This game can be suitable for both the “hardcore” players and the casual ones. It is, after all, supposed to be designed for couch play. Drag along a few friends, or your family, and watch the bodies fly. Play in couch mode with the other victims in your vicinity, or go online.
With the combination of platforming and “traditional” fighting games, this is one clash that has its own style. Those who’ve played games like Brawlhalla or Super Smash Bros, you’ll feel right at home here. As you might expect, reaching 100% on that damage meter will make you vulnerable to a knock-out move that will punt you right out of the map.
Up to four players will go up against each other in a match, with the winner being the last man standing. There’s no such thing as blocking in this game: you either dodge or jump over attacks. Another thing differentiating Brawlout from its previously mentioned competitors is the Rage Meter that fills only when you’re being battered down. Filling the meter will allow you to use either:
- Rage Burst to push back opponents, or
- Rage Mode to increase your own attack and receive less damage
Mechanically speaking, Brawlout‘s controls are incredibly easy to pick up. Make simple combos with the square button. If you need to, jump out of the way with the X button. Dodging and using the rage meter are bound to L1/2 or R1/2, and move around with the joystick. The simple control scheme could be contributing to its high responsiveness to your inputs!
A fighting game needs its characters, and well, there’s the aforementioned 25-strong roster across a variety of designs and unique abilities! Just pick whichever you want; Brawlout is easily accessible to even the most unfamiliar gamer, and what better way to learn than to flail around and button mashing your way to a blind victory?
The four guest brawlers might be quite familiar to those who like indies, with The Drifter (Hyper Light Drifter), The Prisoner from Dead Cells, Yooka-Laylee from the game of the same name and Juan of Guacamelee! The various Brawlers of Brawlout can be further customized with their skins and gear, with a large variety of them to make your chosen character stand out from the pack. The game’s certainly got its own style that one can easily appreciate.
To obtain more of these cosmetics, you’ll need to break open Fluffy Pinatas. You can easily buy them in game with the coins you earn after each match, with some also available through missions. Randomly get anything from skins, gear, taunts, avatar, effects and exclusive items!
In order to unlock characters, you have to complete missions up to a certain point. You can do it in either solo, couch mode or online multiplayer: just reach the designated level and you’ll get a new character.
While the game is basically a fighting game, Brawlout also has bonus stages you can chill out in. Take a break from all the fighting with some fun mini games!