Developer: Fika Productions
Genres: Rogue-lite, Adventure
Reviewed For: PlayStation
Also Available on: PC
Few people are fools enough to brave the perilous seas. Fortunately, those that get Sea of Fools are the kinds of fools searching for peril. They will need some friends though for this rogue-lite adventure.
Ship of Fools is a cooperative roguelike that mixes tower defense gameplay with Overcooked flair. Players will juggle various tasks like defenses and manning the sails as they take on unforgiving seas and exciting bosses.
The game’s cooperative-based gameplay requires teamwork and communication, making this an experience that will test the players’ ability to work together. Movement feels good, with solid controls that are a welcome breath of fresh air from all of the similar games that tout loose controls as a feature. The rogue-lite mechanics help keep things fresh since every playthrough is at least somewhat different from the last.
The boss battles are the absolute highlight of Ship of Fools. Their gameplay mechanics are fresh, with different approaches needed for success. adding to the overall enjoyment of the game. The designs themselves are a lot of fun too. From start to finish, Ship of Fools is a delight to play. Unfortunately, it;’s not a very long game, and the rogue-lite mechanics can only carry the replay value so far if the same group is playing over and over again. Some variety is added in the form of player builds via equipment and trinkets, but these are more modifiers rather than game-changers.
Ship of Fools is a delight to look at. The highly animated and hand-drawn appearance of the world and characters are nothing short of fun. It’s all colorful with great use of light, making the game have wider appeal to younger audiences or just anyone who likes cute stuff.
Ship of Fools is a fun time, but it won’t be for too long. Still, it’s a fun memorable experience that is a joy to play with others, making it a great addition to any co-op fan’s collection.