Hey folks, welcome to the feature series we call “EXPlay.” A series of feature articles where we share our experience on games we’ve recently played in the form of written views and captured gameplay footage. In this instalment, we’re all about PHOGS! by developer Bit Loom Games.
EXPlay PHOGS!: (Nintendo Switch)
Two heads are better than one? Whoever said that, has clearly never played PHOGS! by the talented developers behind Bit Loom Games. In a chaotic multiplayer platformer where more means more, players can take charge of a duo of happy looking poochies, ready to set off on an epic adventure.
Only, just because Red and Blue, have their own individual heads, these phogs are inseparable, literally in fact as their share a stretchy body and players will need to control both sides of this lovable creature, to navigate PHOGS! bizarre and interesting worlds?
Fancy a world full of teddy bears, cushions, quilts and a soothing night-light? Head over to the Sleep World, otherwise feel free to chow down with the Food World, experience all kinds of fun in Play World and just in case solving a whole host of puzzles, whilst overcoming some puzzling physics isn’t enough to occupy you, there are also collectables in the form of 99 tasty bones and plenty of boingles waiting to be discovered.
Players will also be able to acquire hats for Red and Blue to wear and whilst the game doesn’t use a life system, or a timer, allowing players to have all the time they could need to complete each given level, be prepared to bark, bounce and bite, especially during boss battles!
Solo players will have some issues with getting to grips with the gameplay at first, but the more you play, the more you get used to it and although there are a performance-based issues present in the version we checked out, there is a day one update that will address various existing issues so consumers need not experience them for themselves.
Just because PHOGS! looks like it should be a children’s game and nothing else, it is a perplexing puzzler that can easily leave adults scratching their heads, all whilst being home to various worlds and levels that look like something you’d encounter in a 3D Mario game.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury might be the game to play next year, but PHOGS! is the game to play right now and you won’t have to go it alone because even if you can’t find someone locally to play with you, you can always try online. Red and Blue are ready to play, are you?
EXPlay PHOGS! Gameplay:
Developer: Bit Loom Games
Publisher: Coatsink Software
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Indie, Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle, Multiplayer
No. of Players: up to 2 players
Release Date: December 03, 2020 (EU & NA)
File Size: 5.1 GB
Thank you for reading our EXPlay on PHOGS!. We hope that you find it useful in your decision in picking up the game for yourself. While there are a lot of hidden gems on the Nintendo Switch and a fair number of duds, we’ll leave it to you to decide whether a game is for you or not.
After all, we can’t tell you what games you might like or not like, only what games we like. So, this condensed overview is simply to shine a light on some games that might have been missed on your radar. If you wish to share your own thoughts with us, please be sure to leave them in the comments below.
Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!