Ever wish you were a wall-jumping, arrow-dodging, trap-setting horse, besting your animal pals in a race through a peril-laden obstacle course that you all built together? Wish Granted!
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platformer that you and your friends create the levels then, placing deadly traps to try and stop your friends from making it to the end. If you manage to beat your friends to the end of the level and your friends cant you get a point.
Throughout the game you take turns placing traps and other hazards to screw over your friends and to screw them out of a win. You have to try and create a level that is hard for your friends but at the same time easy for you. If everyone manages to get to the end no one gets a point.
The goal of the game is to score points by creating the level piece by piece, then you win by either getting the set number of points for the game or by having the most points at the end of a set number or turns.
You can either play online or just locally with friends, experimenting with a wide variety of platforms in all sorts of strange locations. Each level brings a new way you can mess with your friends. You start off with only having two of the level available to you, ‘The Rooftops’ and the ‘The Farm’.
The Rooftops was a little bland, it had one roof top were you started and another where the goal was and you had to make up the rest, it did mean that you could be more creative with it. I would have liked obstacles to build around.
For me I enjoyed The Farm a lot more, you started on the roof of a barn and had to get to the top of a silo, also if you ended up falling off the platforms you had built it wasn’t a death sentence unlike if you fell in The Rooftop level.
While I could see that his is a great game for parties or even just to play online against other people I do wish there had been more options for single player, I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t just jump into some levels that the creators of the game had made.
I had hoped that I could do that rather than have to make my own levels to begin with or play levels that other players had. I also didn’t like that i needed to have Playstation plus in order to even play with people online.
It is not something I have so I was unable to go online and play with other people. I did however make a few levels and saved them locally so if I do play with friend via them coming over and playing I will have levels set up and ready to go.
I did enjoy how over the top you could go in making the levels, all the different traps you could put in them and how much you could screw the other players.
The fact that there is now single player in this game is a little off putting to me as it could be fun for those people that do not wish to play online but want to be able play the game without having to make their own levels.
There is a ‘free to play’ mode but that is only useful for building levels and attempting to run through them.
One of the things I did like was that you weren’t limited to just one character to use, you had your choice of a Horse, Chicken, Sheep, Raccoon, and others that you could unlock. I had a tendency to use the Chicken mostly.
Some of the key features of the game:
- Online and local play
- Unique game flow, from strategic block placement to twitch control platforming
- 10 levels with different features (for now)
- Save and share what you build
- Huge library of blocks to create an infinite variety of levels
- Play as a chicken, horse, sheep, and other wonderful animals
- Fun, cartoony art style
- Sweet funky soundtrack
Michael Says –
The game for me has limited scope and limited playability outside of two game modes. If you are the type of player that loves creating using a very predictable simple physics engine, then the creative mode has a lot of potential and countless playability.
The party mode is where the game shines, however without a chat enabled can become dull with just public rooms online. Unless you are playing it with friends, then the shenanigans turn into a hilarious rage inducing pit fight!
I got tired of the other modes quickly. But if you’re big on playing challenging strategy games with your friends and you like a laugh it’s worth the $14.99.
Reviewed on Playstation 4
Avaliable On: Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One