Game Review: Super Animal Royale

Over the years we’ve seen a number of Battle Royale games emerge. I’m sure by now many of us have had our own experiences playing one in some way. Whether that is on a regular basis or just to see what the game is like.

Super Animal Royale is all about the fight for furvival! You will join sixty-four other players in a chaotic battle for the top, be it on your own or with your squad. You’ll also find plenty of ways to customize your character and weapons.

The game has been developed by Pixile Studios and is published by Modus Games. It is a Free to Play game that is currently available on Steam (Early Access) and Xbox Games Pass (Game Preview). It will also be launching on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia later in the year.

Main Features

  • Survival of the Fittest: Scavenge a variety of powerful weapons, armor and items to become the apex predator in intense 64-player online matches.
  • The Superest World: Explore a massive, beautifully illustrated 2D island and discover its hidden lore, by chatting with its inhabitants and scouring its rich environments for clues.
  • Different Stripes for Different Fights: Collect hundreds of animal breeds and customize them with thousands of cosmetic items, weapons, outfits, and even umbrellas!
  • Evolving Events & Updates: Enjoy an endless stampede of new content, including seasonal outfits, animals, and weapons to collect.
  • The Fast and the Furriest: Flatten your foes while rolling dirty in a Hamster Ball, or mount a Giant Emu and peck your way to the promised land.
    – Super Animal 

When you first load up the game, you’ll be presented a welcome page that gives you a quick rundown of Super Animal World etiquette.

Once you are all happy with the Super Animal Royale rules, you are ready to play.

I took some time going through the different tabs to see what they are all about.  The main home screen is where you’ll find your daily and weekly Super Challenges, your season pass level, your overall level, news and info (including patch notes) and of course where you can choose which game mode you want to play.

Additionally, across the top of the home screen you’ll find more tabs you can check out.

  • Milestones – Check your progress on in game challenges for stats, weapons, challenges and story.
  • Animal Pass – Keep track of your tier progression (you can also purchase the Animal Pass by purchasing S.A.W Tickets)
  • Research Lab – Simply collect Animal DNA and combine with Super Serum to unlock more characters to chose from.
  • Customize – Choose your character and give them their own style!
  • Shop – Use in game currency to unlock exclusive items.

Once I explored each of the tabs, I jumped into my first solo game. I wanted to get an idea of the game overall, the controls and just find my way around the map a little before joining a Duo or a Squad. Loading up my first game, I joined other players in the loading area.

There is actually an NPC who you can talk while you wait for the match to start called Dr. Jennifer Dogna. She talks about sharing their secrets, being able to trust you and a secret lab. I think I found where the secret lab is but each time I got close the main game started.

My first game didn’t quite go to plan. I think I lasted less than thirty seconds, but I kind of expected that for my first game. The games I played after that went slightly better, and I was able to pick up more loot as well as find a Hamster Ball and an Emu to travel around the map. I managed to take out some of my opponents only to find myself getting taken out shortly after.

The more games I played and the more I was exploring the map, the more I found myself getting dragged into the chaos. The highest that I’ve placed is in the top fifteen, and I think that’s pretty good for me so far. One day I’m sure I’ll get to winning a match.

It can be hard to talk about a Battle Royale game as there’s no real ending as such. The game is constantly changing and developing with new features and options being added and that isn’t a bad thing. From what I have played myself so far, the game has been great fun. It’s chaotic, it’s hilarious and entertaining. I love how it’s a 2D top-down approach, it reminds me of a number of games that I played when I was growing up, but I feel that this art style and top-down approach works incredibly well for Super Animal Royale.

I’ve only come across one issue that was resolved quickly with some server maintenance. This was relating to difficulties matchmaking, but there were no issues afterward. I’ve not encountered any other major bugs or glitches either.

Overall, for a game that is still in Early Access, it’s been brilliant fun checking out and playing. It’s likely one that I’ll be playing on a regular basis as I’d love to see how the game continues to develop going forward as well as take a look at it on console too!

Super Animal Royale is out now on Steam and Xbox Game Pass right now! Did I forget to mention there is also cross-save and cross-platform matchmaking too?

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