The best thing about this second-rate Smash Bros. clone is the name; Brawlout. Everything from the level design to the gameplay is substandard. I understand not everyone can afford to drop the cash on a Nintendo system to play the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but this is a poor substitute.
Brawlout has 6 unique levels and 7 levels that are slightly altered version of those. Even the 6 unique levels aren’t that different from they all share the basic stage design of one large fighting platform and 2-4 smaller platforms floating at different heights. Some of the levels have features that make them stand out from the others. For instance, the level “Stormy City” is made up of 2 circular platforms that move up and down only staying at the same height for a few seconds. Playing the same 13 levels over and over again makes gameplay feel very repetitive.
If you were looking for a large amount of “Brawlers” to choose from, then prepare to be let down. Brawlout offers a selection of 6 unique fighters and 3 characters from other games, all of which are available at the beginning of the game. The 3 fighters you may recognize are The Drifter from Hyper Light Drifter, Juan from Guacamelee, and Yooka-Laylee from well, Yooka-Laylee. Playing any of these 3 titles would be a better use of your time and money. After you play a few matches against the same opponents you get bored. The best thing about the fighter is that they all have relatively unique styles to them each with their own attacks and backstory.
One thing Brawlout has a lot of is unlockables. Variants to the fighters and emotes are a few things you can unlock. The Emotes allow you to make a speech bubble appear above your fighters head, inside the speech bubble is a picture. There are more variants to the fighters than there are fighters themselves. Each of the 6 unique fighters have at least 4 variants, which do little more than change the overall look of the fighter.
To say the least, the gameplay is extremely shallow and lacks any real content. All the fighters may look different but they all have very similar fighting styles. The gameplay is unbalanced and at times overly difficult. My wait time for online matches was about 15 seconds, which isn’t bad at all. However, if you can find someone that doesn’t quit 30 seconds into the match I’d be surprised.
Overall the game looks pretty but that’s one of the only redeeming qualities. With future updates planned, Brawlout has set the groundwork for a potentially successful game. As it stands it’s just lacking enough depth and content to make it a real contender. If you like Super Smash Brothers but don’t have access to a Nintendo console then I guess you could play this. I don’t recommend this game unless you absolutely have nothing else to play. Super Smash Bros. may have a competitor but Brawlout certainly isn’t it.