A Gummy's Life | PS5 Review
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
A Gummy’s Life, developed and published by EP Games is a cross-platform multiplayer online party game where you pick your gummy sweet and fight against other players and the game's bizarre floppy slapstick physics. A Gummy’s Life was originally released on Windows PC in 2018 where it garnered a largely positive response and is now available on PlayStation, XBox, and Nintendo Switch. For the purpose of my review I was playing the PlayStation 5 version and also had some experience of the PlayStation 4 version via PlayStation Share Play.
In A Gummy’s life, there is a variety of game modes ranging from free-for-all and Team Deathmatch all the way to Hot Potato. These game modes take place in a fairly substantial variety of maps which all have their own unique ways of dying, killing and generally harassing your opponents. My two favourite levels with absolutely zero doubt are the dodgem level where you can take control of a dodgem and cause absolute chaos for your opponents by running them over or launching them off the map via the front bumper of your kart, followed by the farm level where there's one solitary tractor that you can take control over and fight off your opponents.
A Gummy’s Life gives the options of playing with bots; strangers online; friends online and also via local play; however myself and my friends ran into some problems. We found that when we started a private lobby, my friends (both being on the same PlayStation 4) couldn’t both join locally with me and also, a private lobby isn’t actually a private lobby because anyone can join and by the words “private lobby” I didn’t anticipate this being a problem. For all of us to join together - myself on PlayStation 5, and Craig and Tina playing local play on their PlayStation 4 - we had to use the PlayStation's Share Play function where I played as a guest in their session. Whilst it worked and it allowed us to have a laugh it was quite frustrating having to use this function just to play together.
The gameplay and physics very much reminded me of Gang Beasts, with some Fall Guys feelings thrown in there too. The physics are absolutely ridiculous and gave us quite a few laughs as we tried and failed over and over again to throw each other off the maps and secure a win. The best way I could describe A Gummy’s Life is that it was a glorious mess of chaos and hilarity. I wouldn’t necessarily seek out to play A Gummy’s Life just for entertainment, however if I was planning a fun night of light hearted gaming with friends, it would certainly be a contender for a few hours.
The graphics were bright and vibrant creating an almost Candy Land like environment and the game was accompanied by an upbeat and cheerful soundtrack. As far as unlocks go, there is a massive variety of costumes and variants of the characters that you can unlock so if you want to show off your favourite costume to your friends, you may want to play a bit more just so you can be extra cute and adorable.
Once up and running and in a lobby together, the positives definitely outweighed the negatives and we had a lot of fun and lots of laughs. However it really would make a massive difference to the game if these issues were solved to make joining with friends even easier. If you're a fan of games like Gang Beasts and enjoy games with wacky physics and crazy and fun PVP, then you’ll absolutely love A Gummy’s Life.
Lj’s Rating 4 gummy sweets out of 5.
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Many thanks to Plan of Attack for the Review Key.