10th Sep2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Gurgamoth’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition Britt takes a look at Gurgamoth, a frantic party game available now on the Nintendo Switch.

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A party game for up to four players, Gurgamoth is an incredibly simple, frantic game that is fun for a while but lacks the depth needed for longevity.

The premise of Gurgamoth is simple, kill all of the other players so that you are the sole sacrifice to your lord, Gurgamoth. That is all the story you need, which is quite lucky as it’s all the story you get. A 2D fast-paced fighting game, the only buttons needed are attack and dodge (which doubles up as a momentary shield as well) as the levels themselves are your weapon. Choosing from one of the available characters (who all play the same, the only differences being aesthetic) and barge your opponents into the surrounding environmental spikes etc. in order to kill them. What this means is that rounds in Gurgamoth can last mere moments. The controls have slight inertia so you have to be careful that you don’t kill yourself by boosting into hazards as you get too excited in your murder frenzy.

The cartoonish, vibrant graphics work well and the items that appear mid-game can both help and hinder and add some much-needed variety in the game. The closest point of comparison I can think of is Lupinball, a similarly basic game that was fun for very short bursts but now, several months on isn’t a game I often return to for similar reasons, the three-point stamina bar featured in Lupinball is also included here which removes the possibility of just constantly charging around the screen, randomly(unless you get the right saucy pick-up, of course).

Aside from the shallowness of the gameplay and the handful of levels on offer, Gurgamoth can sometimes be too fast for its own good. When playing in four-player mode, the visual effects that busy-up the screen can be distracting and make each round feel a bit too random and it can get a bit button-bashy, this again adds to the fun factor but scratches away at the longevity, replacing it with a more instant gratification.

In summary, Gurgamoth is a fun game for dipping into for a few minutes at a time but is hard to recommend beyond that. With only local play available, if you have kids or regular gaming nights then you’ll get a lot more out of this, for anyone else it’s probably a pass, unfortunately.

Gurgamoth is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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