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Fall Guys: Fortnite meets It’s a Knockout in UK video game hit

Eschewing viciousness and weapons for knockabout fun, Mediatonic created a monster

Fat little jelly beans playing a neon-coloured version of the cult classic gameshow Takeshi’s Castle might not sound like the British answer to the craze that is Fortnite, but tens of millions of people have downloaded the London-made hit Fall Guys in less than a month since its release.

“When you’re designing games you want to give people an experience they’ve never felt before,” says its lead designer, Joe Walsh. “And for us, it was a middle-aged slightly unwieldy Japanese businessman, on the sideline of a giant obstacle course that he has absolutely no right attempting.”

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