If your goal is to get a group of friends laughing, yelling, and throwing down smack talk, this is a great choice
Before getting more to the positives with Ultimate Chicken Horse, I will say that as my family and I were first trying to get our bearings with the game and just what we wanted to do in the menu screen, it was needlessly confusing. Trial and error helped us figure it all out, but some simple guidance on the basics of movement, the modes, and just the fundamentals of gameplay would have made it much quicker to make a positive impression. Moving on past getting over that jump though, things got fun and often intense pretty quickly. Every round is a race to get from the starting line to the finish flag, where it gets complicated is in the many things you and your opponents will be able to grab each round to possibly make it easier, or more likely quite a bit more challenging. Just as there are structural platforms and other moving elements that can be helpful there are lethal traps aplenty and even bombs… so your quick route to success one round may be hopelessly impossible the next. The greatest thing here is really how wildly different every round can be, even on the same stage, as round after round people keep adding and removing elements. Throw in a fair amount of base content, a stage editor, and loads of community-made chaos to enjoy and it’s a game that has the ability to go the distance if you’re competitive and enjoy trying to kill each other.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.9]