Stumble Guys and Fall Guys are two of the most popular games in the Battle Royale genre right now. Proposed to be an obstacle race where the goal is to be the sole survivor, Fall Guys, from Mediatonic, was the first game of this style to be released in August 2020. The game’s success inspired Stumble Guys, from Kitka Games. , which appeared on the market in October of the same year.
The games are very similar in terms of gameplay but have significant differences such as the platforms they are available on. Originally Fall Guys was also a paid game, but recently it became free. Check out more similarities and differences between the games below.
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In Fall Guys and Stumble Guys, the goal is to be the last one standing, whether in obstacle courses or elimination competitions — Photo: Disclosure / Mediatonic
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Both games work with very similar rules. A large number of players start matches (60 total in Fall Guys and 32 in Stumble Guys). All these competitors are thrown into obstacle courses where they have to race to cross the finish line before others. However, traps, bad luck or opponents can delay players and leave them out of the rankings.
Fall Guys is now available for free and cross-play on all platforms — Photo: Disclosure / Epic Games
The first tests in both games are focused on reducing the number of participants, while the later ones promote ways to eliminate competitors and may even lead to direct confrontations between opponents.
One of the secrets of the success of games lies in their control method, which has an accessible simplicity for different types of audience. The player just needs to walk with the d-pad, jump with the jump button and shoot to gain some momentum in the air. At this point, despite the similarities, there is a slight difference as Fall Guys uses a joystick while Stumble Guys uses a smartphone touchscreen. However, the move options work very similarly.
Although Stumble Guys uses touchscreen controls, they still look a lot like Fall Guys – Photo: Reproduction/Rafael Monteiro
What started out as a difference is now a similarity. Today, Fall Guys and Stumble Guys are free to download and play, with in-game microtransactions. Users can use real money to buy virtual currency and buy different skins and other items. Fall Guys started as a paid game when it was released for PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PC via Steam. However, the game was offered directly to PS Plus subscribers in the month of its launch, which contributed to its success.
Originally a difference between the two games, Fall Guys recently became free-to-play, as did Stumble Guys — Photo: Reproduction / Epic Games Store
In March 2021, Epic Games bought Tonic Games Group, which owns the Mediatonic production company responsible for the development of Fall Guys. That’s when the game’s distribution plans changed and the company planned to re-release Fall Guys on the Epic Games Store as a free-to-play game and also available for other platforms like Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. After the game became free, it was removed from the Steam digital store and is now exclusive to the Epic Games store.
Perhaps the main difference between the games is exactly the platforms on which they are available. Fall Guys was originally released for PS4 and PC, with later versions for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X/S. Despite being a cross-platform title, the game is only available on video game consoles in addition to PC.
Stumble Guys is available on mobile devices and the Steam digital store in markets where Fall Guys isn’t — photo: Reproduction/Steam
It can be assumed that the absence of Fall Guys in the mobile market is directly responsible for the success of Stumble Guys, which is available for Android and iPhone (iOS) devices. Ironically, Stumble Guys is also on the Steam digital store, where Mediatonic’s game is no longer sold. A mobile version of Fall Guys has begun development, but it’s still unclear if it’s actually still in the works.
The first difference that is noticeable in the game is its characters. Fall Guys has non-human creatures called “Jellybees” who, according to the producer, are over 1.80m tall. The characters in Stumble Guys look human and have more generic names, such as the game’s default character, Mr. They stumble and there is nothing to indicate that they are as high as jelly beans.
Fall Guys has received many interesting skins from crossovers, such as the Chapolin Colorado skin — Photo: Disclosure/Mediatonic
Some of the skins between Fall Guys and Stumble Guys are similar, such as costumes that change the look of a character with common themes like explorer, pirate, and more. However, it is undeniable that Fall Guys has more prestige in the gaming market and this has led to partnerships with other games and media based skins. The game has already received skins from franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog, Assassin’s Creed, Halo: Combat Evolved, Cuphead, Nier: Automata, Shovel Knight and even the recent Chapolin Colorado skin.
The difference between the platforms is also reflected in the game’s graphics. Fall Guys is an extremely vibrant and colorful game with rich visuals that, despite being simple, are very well presented. On last generation consoles, the game runs in Full HD resolution with a frame rate of 60 fps, and on PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X/S and PC it can be up to 4K.
At times, Stumble Guys graphics are not as impressive as Fall Guys, but they work well for mobile devices.
Stumble Guys is technically more modest, with resolution adjusted according to the user’s mobile phone and which can be scaled down for better performance. However, even beyond the technical aspect, the game is slightly less colorful and has simpler 3D models than Fall Guys. The game still succeeds in its bid to approach a chaotic and fun environment, but on a smaller scale than its rival.