Local multiplayer games are getting weirder and weirder. Push Me Pull You puts you in control of a sports-loving human with a head and set of arms at each end. Is it any fun or is it just a science experiment gone horribly wrong?
Before I move on with the review, I should mention that Push Me Pull You can only be played with two or more local players. Therefore, if you don't have anyone else to play with then buying this game would be a waste. Thankfully, if you have at least one fellow gamer in your life then you're in for one hilariously enjoyable competitive multiplayer experience! Basically, you use one controller to move both ends of a human abomination with each stick corresponding to its appropriate end. While playing with two people, you each have your own controller so being able to effectively move your creature around can be tricky but that's all part of the fun. If four people are involved then you can simply share one controller for each team thus allowing movement to be far less confusing. Although I prefer playing this way, you can also use four controllers if you want. Anyway, the basic gameplay involves keeping balls on your side of a circular court for as long as possible. Once a certain amount of time has elapsed, your "team" gets a point. Once you start to understand the basics, learning how to shrink and grow your human-thing to your advantage can be very beneficial. Overall, this is local multiplayer gameplay at its best.
Push Me Pull You boasts very stylish visuals with many solid pastel colours and goofy character designs. You can customize both ends of your team and it's quite entertaining to give them wacky hairstyles. When it comes to audio, the music that plays in the menus and between matches is upbeat and fun to listen to. However, no music plays during matches at all. There is some background noise and you can hear your humans crawl around and change in size but some music would have made it even more enjoyable.
Push Me Pull You contains a handful of different modes to help keep the gameplay fresh. As I've already discussed, the basic mode just involves keeping the ball on your side. Knockout mode has each team try to push the opposing team's ball out of the court. Greedy mode acts as the first mode except it uses multiple balls. Halfcourt mode allows you to score points by moving the ball out of the court then bringing it back to the centre. Finally, Sleepy Time mode is one of the funniest things that I've ever seen in a game. Basically, one end of your team is asleep and you have to control the other end to do all the work. It's frustrating but amusing at the same time.
I've reviewed many local multiplayer games in my life. One thing that impressed me about Push Me Pull You is that it's actually entertaining for an extended period of time. Whereas games like Nidhogg start feeling repetitive after only a few matches, there's something about Push Me Pull You that my gaming pal and I just couldn't get enough of. That being said, I wish that there was additional content to make it a more varied experience. It would be great to accomplish a list of challenges, play around in some mini-games, or simply have more modes to explore. An interesting aspect is that before a match, you can get used to the controls in a playground while discovering some nifty secrets. It's this kind of innovation that makes me want to see more content like it.
Push Me Pull You is one of the best local multiplayer games that I've ever played. Although it's short on content, its ridiculous premise and solid gameplay will keep you and your chums entertained for hours.
- + Awesome multiplayer gameplay that's an absolute blast for two or four players
- + Absurd premise is downright hilarious
- + Fantastic visual style and fun-filled music
- - Could use more content such as challenges and additional modes
- - Lonesome gamers need not apply
- - No music plays during matches