Big Crown: Showdown Reviews

  • ElevExplorer64ElevExplorer64148,625
    26 Jul 2019
    10 3 9
    Has anyone heard of this game before it was free with Gold? Didn't think so. Turns out, there's a good reason for that. Big Crown: Showdown is not an obscure gem nor an unspeakable horror. It's just average and forgettable.

    The objective of this game is to race to the finish line and avoid your opponents, who are trying to knock you off the track. It's something you would expect as a minigame from Mario Party. There are a few different levels, with a few gimmicks here and there, but overall, all the levels are fairly similar.

    The controls aren't too bad for a game like this, so I really don't have anything to say here.

    However, the game's fatal flaw comes from its incredibly lackluster multiplayer settings. You can either play online or locally with real people. That's it. No multiplayer bots. If you only have one controller or you have no one around who is willing to play, you have to play online and hope you can find a match. Before this game was free with Gold, the online mode really wasn't that active, and I'm sure almost no one will keep playing it for long. It's one thing to have badly programmed bots (i.e. too easy or too hard), but even that would be better than no bots at all.

    The other major problem with this game is that it gets stale really quickly. It's fun for maybe one or two matches, and then you've seen everything the game has to offer. Considering how you need real people to play this game, that's a bit of a problem. Plenty of multiplayer party games allow you to play with bots, so what's the issue here?

    In terms of achievements, there's nothing unusual here, Win a game, collect all the coins from a chest, get a knockout, etc. However, there are also ridiculous achievements like "run 26.2 miles", "knock 1,000 objects off the track", and "buy every hat". Getting enough coins for all hats and running 26.2 miles is going to take several hours, and again, this game wears off much quicker than that. Also, you need to play with four people online (good luck finding enough opponents) and with four people locally (do you have four controllers?). You can always work towards these achievements by yourself and leave an extra controller idle, but what fun is that?

    Overall, Big Crown: Showdown only really deserves one star. It just isn't that good. There's just not enough content to justify a $13 price tag. At best, it feels like it should be a Mario Party minigame, and at worst, it feels like shovelware. I would've given it two stars out of five if it had multiplayer bots for those who want to play solo, but this game doesn't even have that going for it. There are better party games out there, and there are better things to spend your $13 on. It's not even worth buying for easy Gamerscore.
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    EarthboundXIt's easily shovelware, this would have fit right in with the Wii shovelware avalanche back then, they totally would have used motion controls for the jumping. Definitely the worst Games with Gold I've personally played so far.

    I only gave it 1 star instead of .5 because it turns on and functions, running and jumping work fine. But the rest is just boring tedious garbage.
    Posted by EarthboundX on 27 Jul 19 at 23:22
    This game is actually fun if you play it with others. Of course it's going to seem like shit if you just idle it with a second controller and don't actually play the game the way it's intended. The same could be said about Ultimate Chicken Horse, which can be completely idled with 2 controllers, but that takes away all the fun of a game that is truly enjoyable with friends
    Posted on 27 Jul 19 at 23:59
    EarthboundXI played some of it online, still wasn't fun then. You get pretty much all you're gonna get out of it after a couple maps, then it's just the same thing over and over.

    Calling it a Mario Party minigame is a great comparison I think.
    Posted by EarthboundX on 28 Jul 19 at 00:51
    ElevExplorer64I only leave 0.5 star reviews for a game if it is outright broken (I'm looking at you, One Leaves). A 0.5 star rating implies the game is completely irredeemable. Big Crown: Showdown works fine, which is a significant positive in my book. I might've given it a 1.5 if it cost less (between $5 and $8 would be a bit more appropriate). As is, this game does not warrant a $13 price tag, which is why I gave it one star. Even though many people got it with Gold (including me), I still mentioned the price since I feel it's important in any review. I also went into this game with an open mind, thinking it could potentially be good, but I ended up disappointed.

    I suppose it could be fun with friends, but even then I doubt it would be appealing for long as it gets repetitive. I did play a couple matches online (for the online achievements), and it was fun at first but it got stale after a few minutes.

    I still plan to grind out the remaining achievements, but I'm not sure when I'll do it as I wasn't fond of the game.
    Posted by ElevExplorer64 on 28 Jul 19 at 04:01
    HawkeyeBarry20Good review. It’s odd the game isn’t broken but the ideas for it are. No bots are unforgivable, I was shocked when I tried and I was by myself on the map. The game has different levels but almost 0 real differences, just different obstacles to avoid.

    The game is too repetitive, the MP matches seem to last forever because of it. Best thing about the game is the hats and those are stupid.
    Posted by HawkeyeBarry20 on 31 Jul 19 at 16:46
    Dragoner28I don´t think that this game is bad.
    Controls are very good. If you play a bit you can use shortcuts because with a bit skill and practice you can do jumps which seemed impossible in the beginning. Also graphics are suitable and with a few people it is actually fun for one or two hours. I play this game with a 7 year old child which actually had fun with this game for some hours.
    I have seen much worser games for that price. I would give it 2,5 stars. ;)
    Posted by Dragoner28 on 10 Aug 19 at 10:25
    SincereSeeker6This game has a very bad wrap for some reason. I actually enjoy it, aside from the marathrone grind at the end haha
    Posted by SincereSeeker6 on 11 Aug 19 at 11:49
    LockieI agree with the reviewer. This game is like if Marooners only had one mini-game, so gets old fast even played with others (atleast when I played it online, couch co-op would be better). The controls and graphics are fine though.
    Posted by Lockie on 21 Aug 19 at 23:54
    onnovdwCould have easily been a better game with some extra effort from the developers. They can still update the game.
    Posted by onnovdw on 19 Sep 19 at 07:17