Brawlhalla

Good
  • Fast and competitive within a free to play framework
  • Large roster of heroes and various game modes ensure everyone has something to enjoy
Bad
  • Unable to shake some lag issues that can hurt your sense of achievement and create frustration at critical fight moments
8

Fight for free in Brawlhalla a game heavily inspired by the likes of Super Smash Bros and available across all major platforms (including mobile devices). Growing rapidly from its open beta started in November 2015 Brawlhalla challenges players to knock opponents off the game stage by applying damage to weaken them first with a roster of over 50 legends for up to 8 players to take command of in a single match with cross platform functionality.

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Utilising a free to play model players can access a rotating roster of free to play legends that each come with their own designs, abilities and playstyles to learn. Like similar games that use this format players can permanently unlock their favourites for use in the battlefield from the in game currency earned through gameplay or through a micro-transaction instead. Further optional purchases are available for cosmetics that can turn your favourite legend design into something entirely different.

Your objective to knock your opponent off the arena battlefield stays the same regardless of the core Brawlhalla game mode you’re engaging in. Be it the 1v1, 2v2, 4 player free for all or the 8 player variant you’ll have to rely on your skills to beat out the competition and rise through the ranks. Brawlhalla isn’t only about it the ranked game action though and also includes single player fights against bots to hone your skills along with a number of party orientated game modes for those wanting a more casual session across both local and online play.

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The more than 50 legend options broadly fall into over a dozen weapon types that create some similarities in playstyle while still being unique. From the axe wielding Teros minotaur to the axe and spear hybrid of Brynn the valkyrie the unique visuals and playstyles of the roster is one of the greatest strengths of Brawlhalla. Designs pull from across the fantasy landscape with dragons, undead, orcs, mages, elves, pirates, martial art experts and everything in between who come completed with their own backstory lore.

As covered above you’ll be using your Legend to knock your opponent off the current map to claim victory which are equally diverse as the legends with each having minor differences to platforms and visual designs. Just like in Super Smash Bros the more damage built up on an enemy allows them to be knocked back further to help you potentially secure a victory. Dealing damage is achieved through basic attacks and combos that your Legend possesses and can be enhanced further with items which broadly fall into two categories of gadgets and weapons.

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Gadgets offer things such as bombs, spiked balls and mines while weapons such as the hammer, bow, axe, spear, rocket lance and many more of which each Legend can use two that are randomly assigned when interacting with a weapon pickup. Compared to other games Brawlhalla offers mostly a trimmed down controls approach with special moves being performed with a single button that has helped it remain accessible across its chosen platforms.

The free to play Brawlhalla is an impressive Super Smash Bros like title with a healthy roster of legends that all feel unique visually and in terms of fighting style. With the large following the game has gained since release across platforms combined with a good variety of modes ensure a game of your preference is never far out of reach.

Summary:

  • Master over 50 unique legends with their own designs and attacks with a rotating roster of free options to trial before you buy.
  • Use gadgets and weapon pickups to alter your strategy on each arena.
  • Fight across a large range of maps and game modes for diverse experiences across platforms.
  • Unlock new fighters with your earned gold for gameplay, premium purchases or use the free rotation.
  • Free to play brawler on Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

Games Finder is a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review scores data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.
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