Frantics Meta-Review – A Great Party Game

Frantics

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Developer: NapNok Games

Genre: Party, Minigames

Systems: Playstation 4

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The PlayLink title that we were craving is here. It may not be impressive or spectacular but it offers hours of fun and you can play with your family and/or friends. This is definetly a must buy if you have children, or if you just have a lot of social get togethers. See what these 3 game reviewers have to say below!

Game Description

“Frantics is all about 15 whacky mini-games for up to four players, where you’re competing in everything from frenetic action arena brawls to strategic turn based competitions.

Exclusive to PS4, this PlayLink game challenges you to win more ‘crowns’ than your friends. Put your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers to the side. Here you can simply use your smart device to swipe, tilt, shake, flick and snap your way to victory. Anyone can do it!

But beware… the scheming and manipulative Fox is on hand to stir up the pot. Using bribery and relaying secret messages and missions to each player via your mobile device, you’re encouraged to sabotage and backstab your rivals at every turn.

With this crafty vulpine’s tomfoolery changing the way you play at any time, you’ll need to have your wits about you to triumph”

–https://www.playstation.com

Metacritic Rating – 70/100

Game Reactor –  By: Graham BellarsRating: 7/10

“As with all PlayLink titles the Frantics app needs to be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store or AppStore, and all smart devices will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network as the PS4 you’re playing; don’t worry if you have no Wi-Fi though, as you can soon turn your PS4 into a hotspot in the game settings.

There are 15 mini-games available and each match comprises of four rounds of randomly chosen games. Players must compete to earn crowns, which are then converted into lives for the final showdown. Along the way you can also earn coins and Fox will auction off ways to sabotage your friends, from weapons to attack with, items to give you a boost, or even a hat to double up your points. Fox can even give someone a call with a secret mission which will be sent to you like a text message – complete this secret mission and you can earn extra crowns to help you in the finale.

Each mini-game is quite short, usually only a few minutes, and that’s if the players survive long enough, meaning each game last around 20 to 30 minutes. While the format is great fun, we did find that we wanted a greater number of rounds in each match, and after searching through Frantics’ different modes we noticed that while you can customise your experience, you can only make the games shorter than they are in the normal mode.”

Gaming Trend  – By: Cody Spence – Rating: 80/100

“Frantics offers an interesting variety of games to play, including races, battle royales, a version of chicken involving pulling your parachute at the last minute, and more. There’s nothing particularly game-changing about them, but they are still a joy to play. Some of my personal favorites are Friendless Runner and Chair Riots. Friendless Runner has the players running away from the screen on a track split up into multiple lanes. You must swipe your device’s screen sideways to change lanes and avoid obstacles or upwards to jump over them. Each player has three lives, and if they make it to the goal, they are awarded points based on how many lives are left.

Chair Riots is a fun twist on curling; the players take turns trying to launch their animals on the track towards a target. The closer to the center you get, the more points you’ll earn. After you roll into place, you can tap a button that shows up on your screen to bounce a little and move more in the direction you’re facing. This can help you move closer to the center or even just push other animals out of your way. If that wasn’t enough, before each round, every player is given the opportunity to place a spring trap somewhere on the track. The traps are invisible, so remember where you placed yours and aim carefully.

As you play the minigames, there are coins that you can collect by running into them. These coins are used for the auctions that can take place in-between rounds or games. The auction will provide several items that the players can bid on. Each player chooses an item and how much they wish to bid. These bids are hidden from everyone else until the entire group has finished selecting. Whoever bids the highest gets that item for the next round. If you are outbid, you may be given one of the ignored items in exchange for your bid, although you get no choice of the consolation item. Items can include a parachute that opens instantly, a hat that doubles points earned, or even a bomb defusal kit. There are a variety of items possible based on a specific minigame, so you’ll have to choose wisely in order to gain the best advantage. That being said, you don’t have to bid on anything if you don’t want to, which could be a strategy if you want to save coins. The coins can also be saved on the off-chance you are given the opportunity to buy more crowns for yourself in a special auction. Crowns are important because they affect the final results of the fox’s party.”

Push Square – By: Sam Brooke  – Rating: 7/10

“It might not be too innovative, but Frantics provides an enjoyable party experience that Sony’s PlayLink service has been lacking. It certainly isn’t a killer app, but the fun variety of minigames and its (mostly) responsive controls show how much of a good time PlayLink can provide when it’s properly used.”

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