Fight Crab Review | Crab Brawler

Some of you may be familiar with Fight Crab as it was released on Steam just a few months ago by Calappa Games. But for those who have not heard of it yet, Fight Crab is a well-named fighting game where you play as giant crustaceans. To be more specific it is a very detailed fighting game with a great sense of humor that allows you to completely control a crab as you try to defeat opposing crabs by pinning them on their backs for three seconds. On Steam, the game has experienced some success in the two months it has been on the market, with a user rating of Very Positive, but now that it's on the Nintendo Switch thanks to Mastiff, I get to take part in the crab brawling action.

Fight Crab has much to offer from its creative gameplay and unique level design to the variety of playable characters and wieldable weapons, but it's the music and general sound that doesn't work in the game's favor. The Switch is a perfect console for this game as it is not overwhelming in terms of space it requires to download and it is perfect for picking up for small amounts of time without having to get too invested in it.

Mechanically, Fight Crab is interesting, because unlike other fighting games, where the crab might snap into specific positions based on button combos, you have to manually adjust your claws to attack and defend. Now this style of gameplay may not be for everyone, and in full disclosure, it took me time to come around to it, but the more I played the game the more I appreciated the fact that you are in full control of your own fate. I also believe that this style of gameplay makes it perfect for going face to face with friends or family on split-screen and ensures that you will not have the same experience every time you play.

This game's visuals are great in handheld mode (which is how I played it mostly) and it doesn't show much of a difference when docked. The level design definitely stands out when playing and I would attribute that to the fact that sometimes walking towards your enemy may take a little time, and as you slowly move you can take in the fact that you are at locations that crabs would be served or sold like restaurants or on tables at a farmer's market. Places with minor details that fit the game's theme and setting. 

The soundtrack to this game is not great, but that is just my opinion. The score within the main menu is something that reminds me of an anime theme song, which is fine, but every menu you go into after that has a generic techno beat. When in combat you will hear even more generic-sounding music, although it does get drowned out quick when in combat by the overpowering sounds of swords clashing and crabs punching.

A majority of my time playing this was within the campaign mode. There are six levels in the campaign, with a seventh bonus level, and they contain 34 total stages. Each level consists of multiple waves of enemies that you must clear out before progressing to the next one. The difficulties range from "Normal" to "Crabby" and the game has a nice feature built into the campaign where if you are stuck on a specific wave you can call in for an airstrike to start your opponent off at 20% damage done. To beat this campaign it took me roughly an hour and a half on Normal difficulty, but for those that like to 100% everything, it will take longer as there are 23 playable crab characters and 48 different weapons. The variety of characters and weapons are a nice touch to the game as each crab truly does feel unique with their own characteristics and general feel of how you are able to control them and the same goes for the weapons.

The biggest, and most important, question that most players ask themselves before purchasing is "How much time can I truly sink into this game?", and, luckily, in Crab Fight the answer is a lot. Fighting games are typically the most bang for your buck as they age well and aren't focused on a specific story so the replay value on them is always rather high. Fight Crab is amazing because for the price of $19.99 it offers a campaign, a two-person split-screen, and online matchmaking.

Fight Crab's gameplay mechanics, unique characters, level design, and replay value all make it a purchase that I can easily recommend. However, keep in mind that the controls may take time to get used to and if you've not liked these sorts of ragdoll-based games in the past, this won't necessarily change your opinion. As a side note, I think that the video "CRAB BATTLE!" had a hand in inspiring this game, though I could be completely wrong. Fight Crab is now available for purchase on Nintendo Switch. A review code on the Switch was provided by the publisher.

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