Crawl, so aptly named due to being a dungeon crawler, clever eh, isn’t your usual game in the genre. Yes it has up to 4 players but it’s not the standard cooperative gameplay that makes it stand out. You’ll need your wits about you though, as it’s really a case of everyone for themselves as there can only be one winner.
The premise is simple. There can only be one human alive at a time. The other 3 remain in the spirit realm, until they can claim the human body as their own. You see, once in spirit form, you have to possess inanimate objects to cause massive inconvenience, or interact with pentagrams to spawn in as one of a random assortment of creatures. It all sounds like a great laugh, and it should be. But frustrating controls unfortunately let the game down a bit. Especially as the human. You see, pressing the B button, and choosing a direction is supposed to let you dash attack. However it appeared to be random for myself. This made for a difficult time in being successful to become human, as even with the AI on easy, you’ll be given a run for your money as the AI is spot on with its attacks. Crawl is one of the games where more people equals more fun, as going solo can drain the fun quickly.
There is an end goal, which naturally is to escape as the only human alive. But as per any game, there happens to be an end boss standing between you and sweet freedom. This is made more challenging due to the nature of the game with either AI or human interference attempting to thwart you at every turn. Like I said, more people will make this more fun.
One stand out moment for me was the voice acting. Rather than just someone reading from a script, you can hear the pain and torture pouring from the soul of one solitary individual which forms the tutorial. You get a through explanation during this phase and will be equipped with all relevant information needed to succeed. But that’s always easier said than done.
I would have to criticise the gameplay area, as it doesn’t fill up the screen enough and along with unresponsive controls this exacerbates the frustration. But on the whole, Crawl does have something to offer gamers with friends. It’s just a shame that there is a lack of an online component included for which to enjoy this.