Welcome to our Gurgamoth review. Gurgamoth is an arena-based fighting game where the goal is to be the last one standing. Picture Super Smash Brothers but in full 2D and without any familiar Nintendo characters kicking each other’s ass.
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
- Publisher: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
- Multiplayer: Up to 4 Players Local
- Available: 29th August 2019
- Price: £7.99 (U.K), $9.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 7 (UK/EU), E 10+ (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
The premise behind Gurgamoth is a rather simple one. In a bid to awaken the Elder God, Gurgamoth you have to sacrifice a few cultists and well that’s pretty much all there is to this game’s story, which is a shame as it could really do with a back story of some sort.
The gameplay is a rather simple affair. You fight in arenas against up to three others and the goal is to be the last one standing after sacrificing the other players to the Elder God. What sets its gameplay side from similar titles is that this time rather than weapons or items, you use the level’s environment to take each other out. So for example, a wall might have spikes on it, which you would then make use of by shoving an opponent into them or there might be a giant laser-firing asteroid in the middle of the level you could make use of.
While the arena-style makes this a fun game to play with at least three other people, it’s unfortunately not very fun on your own or with just one other person. This is because the matches tend to end quickly against A.I or when there’s just two of you around. A fully occupied match can be over in seconds but still manages to feel more entertaining.
Gurgamoth really struggles when it comes to content. Right from the very beginning of the game every character and level is unlocked, meaning there’s not a lot of replayability value here. There’s also nothing else to do in the game, it’s just an arena battle game with a few levels and characters.
Speaking of characters they’re all pretty much the same in terms of what they can do and lack any real difference other than their looks. They all have basic commands such as dodge and attack which you’ll be using to try and survive each round.
Each level has its big differences and for the most part the variety is quite decent. However, there’s no escaping the fact that it’s not really possible to admire the levels fully as eventually, they start to feel repetitive. That said they are the most interesting part of this game. The fact the developers chose to make the levels the actual weapons is something I like about it.
There are powerups that appear during rounds which can help swing the direction things are going and possibly help you get an upper hand. You’ll have to be quick to grab them though as matches on Gurgamoth can be over as soon as they’ve started.
In conclusion, Gurgamoth is an okay game when you want to have a bit of gaming fun with your friends or family from the comfort of your couch. However, it doesn’t really have much in terms of content, which makes it feel quite boring after a short while. I do like the idea behind the game and I do like its design and level variety, but at this moment in time, I just don’t feel like putting it on again.
That concludes our Gurgamoth review. if you’d like to purchase this game on Nintendo Switch, check out the links below.