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New game Fall Guys is basically as close to most of us will get to having a go on Takeshi's Castle.
Fall Guys, developed by Mediatonic, landed on Steam and PlayStation 4 on 4 August - and it proved so popular, its servers crashed.
The battle royale has drawn comparisons to both Takeshi's Castle and Total Wipeout, offering gamers a 'rich chaotic experience' according to one of its designers.
When we say Fall Guys is experiencing a lot of traffic...
We had over 1.5 million new players in the first 24 hours!
We're working on our first patch for the game, listening to ALL of your feedback and ideas, and are super grateful to everyone who's supported so far! :heart: pic.twitter.com/OpD714xu26
- Fall Guys :crown: (@FallGuysGame) August 5, 2020
Players join the game as a customisable little jellybean character and then have to make their way through the fun and colourful obstacle course. What's not to love?
Speaking to GAMINGbible, lead game designer Joseph Walsh said: "That was the initial pitch that we gave to Devolver [Digital, publisher]. We were literally just like, 'Hey we should make a game that's like Takeshi's Castle!'
"It was really the starting point. It's the inspiration for a lot of our early levels. We spent a long time watching Takeshi's Castle and recording GIFs and footage of the game, and that's inspired really quite heavily how the character feels to control.
"Even things like the dive move came from watching Takeshi's Castle and seeing the way people throw themselves across gaps."
"There's something about landing on your belly in such a way that feels very game show, and that became one of the pillars that we worked towards: fulfilling that feeling that you're actually on a game show."
He added: "We really wanted it to feel like an episode of Takeshi's Castle when you just have no idea what weird combination of things they're going to ask you to do. That's exactly how Fall Guys feels when you play it."
Posting on Twitter, the team behind Fall Guys said they had more than 1.5 million new players in the first 24 hours after the game's launch.
Gamers rushing to download the game ended up crashing servers, with developers saying: "We definitely underestimated the number of jellybeans in the jar. We're working hard to increase server capacity but please be aware that matchmaking may be up and down during the launch window."
You can check out the GAMINGbible review of Fall Guys here.
Featured Image Credit: Mediatonic
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