[Beyond PlayStation] Duck Game Review
Duck Game from Adult Swim Games is a hectic single-player, local and online multiplayer 2D battle game with ducks… lots of ducks. Check our Duck Game review!
In Duck Game, you will take on single-player challenges and duke it out in local and online multiplayer on Nintendo Switch, for which you’re going to need a Nintendo Online subscription to battle against opponents from around the world. The single-player mode in the game is going to feel more like an extended tutorial since it’s there for you to learn the basics before you dive into the full multiplayer experience. Because of this, I do suggest that you give the single-player mode a try so that you don’t end up being destroyed when jumping into a set of multiplayer sessions.
If I had to describe Duck Game quickly, it would be as a quirky offline and online multiplayer 2D version of the hijinks you’d see in the old-school Looney Tunes or Donald Duck cartoons, but with an all-duck cast. The art style is not as cartoony or colorful as those cartoons, but there is a Daffy Duck/Donald Duck/Road Runner vibe going on in this one. As the title would suggest, yes, this is a thing with ducks, and it’s most certainly a video game. Duck Game might look cute, but it’s actually an Everyone 10+ game in the ESRB ratings due to its gameplay nature.
Duck Game is a very hectic experience since a single hit is all it takes to kill or be killed. You must run and jump all over the place to pick up the multitude of weapons that are dotted around the levels – which can be set to being a randomized level experience -, and thankfully the level design is minimalist and small so that you can focus on the action. When you die or manage to eliminate one of your opponents, it will be due to skill or lack thereof, not because the game’s controls didn’t work or that a level’s design is too complicated. You always need to be on the move, because if you’re walking around slowly or do not move at all, you’re going to get shot, snipped, bombed, or worse.
Along with the solid level design, the amount of weapons you can have at your disposal, as well as the variety of the types of weapons you can get, is really good. You have bombs, shotguns, sniper rifles, as well as melee weapons such as swords, and some projectile weapons here and there. And by taking on the single-player challenges, you can earn rewards and get a variety of modifiers to enhance the multiplayer experience. On top of that, you can also get tons of hats, so if you’re a completionist, it’s going to take you a while to complete your entire collection of hats!
Duck Game is an entertaining and fast-paced 2D battle game that is a blast to play on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be having a lot of fun playing in local or online multiplayer, taking on some single-player challenges here and there to bump up your modifiers and hat count. You’ll need a Nintendo Online subscription to be able to play this one online, so do keep that in mind when giving this one a go.
This Duck Game review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Adult Swim Games.