Indie developers Titutitech bring one of the best party games of 2017 to the table with Oh My Godheads. A slick title of chaotic proportions, Oh My Godheads drops you into a wacky universe of frantic multiplayer action suitable for all ages.
In Oh My Godheads you choose between five different game modes: Capture the Head, Headhunters, King of the Head, Last Man Standing and Trials. These classic scenarios bring a whole lot of fun to the table, and turns what is supposed to be a very straightforward play into a crazy time very quickly. You can choose from a eclectic range of characters–from a penguin in a top hat named Sir Fishelsworth to a skeleton named Dave. The levels are filled to the brim with personality, working with a globe-trotting theme that would even get Carmen Sandiego out for a multiplayer match. Bright, colourful and eye catching…
Now comes the curveball–the God heads! These unique bunch of quite literal heads possess varying powers to be implemented during your game. The Godly gang is based on mythological characters complete with their respective legendary abilities–such as the Zeus head spits out a timed lightning strike which can be used to zap your enemy players, or get caught yourself in the crossfire.
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It’s a game that take you back to the days of shoulder nudging a friend or a sibling on the sofa, trying anything and everything to mess with their chances of victory. As the opening screen says “This game is best played with a gamepad and a couch”. The controls are optimised for an Xbox gamepad, giving the feeling of classic control button mashing effectively.
Each level offers a unique experience in terms of setup and pathing within it. Some have pits, or narrow cliffs to navigate…some have electricity or a trap tied to a switch needed for victory. There is always some twist and turn to keep the matches exciting and dangerous.
The Trials game option is an interesting twist on the ever present tutorial. In this mode you learn how to use your skills and the powers the Godheads provide through a series of scenarios. They rank you on a gold medal system for each scenario completed to pass on to the next. In no way is it impossible to make gold and it tends to put a good speed and connotation on what usually can be a very boring part of any game. Aside from the mayhem of bashing in your friends or the random CPU, Trials in itself can leave you feeling quite accomplished all the while being groomed for victory elsewhere.
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Playing this title might get a bit repetitive on your own. Not to say if you’re practising for the next big takedown of your friends that this isn’t a good thing. The CPUs are surprisingly tough–they mimic efficiency with a human twist quite well, but their paths are easily learned. They will always go to the switch, or the head that is the next step for a point without much creativity involved. It does add a lot to single player gameplay, but their actions become very predictable as a result of their single-track AI minds. This isn’t to say that they can’t be brutally vicious, however. The AIs will show no quarter and mow you down, leaving only a stain on the level where your silly character was. To a child playing on their own, I would praise these effective in-game babysitters, however for an adult–without a couch full of mates, you might find yourself grow tired after a few rounds.
Oh My Godheads is a game with a ton of party potential. It’s fun, meant to be played loudly and victories are grand. Coupled with the fun, the controls are responsive, well thought out and take some skill to master. A shiny new take on old school multiplayers, Oh My Godheads has many endearing qualities that you can share with a friend, a child or simply on your own.
Oh My Godheads was reviewed using a digital code supplied by the publisher.
Publisher: Square Enix Developer: Titutitech Release Date: December 5, 2017 Reviewed On: PC/Steam Also Available On: Xbox One, PS4