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Party Animals is really fun on Steam Deck and desktop Linux

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After a new casual silly party game? Party Animals recently released from Recreate Games and Source Technology and it works pretty great overall on Steam Deck and desktop Linux.

Spread across around 20 maps and three different game modes, you'll be fighting off other animals across multiple rounds. The idea is similar to the likes of Gang Beasts, with wobbly creatures running around doing completely stupid things. Fight on planes, submarines, trains and more.

First up Steam Deck: the good news is that it runs on Steam Deck, my testing is with SteamOS 3.5 Preview and Proton Experimental. The only issue I had was setting my name at the start requiring the touchscreen and same with editing a custom game name, as gamepad input on the keyboard kept removing it. Apart from that though, it has been pretty smooth sailing.

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Performance on Steam Deck isn't as good as expected though, considering the pretty simple style and game mechanics. Even on Low details it wouldn't go much above 40FPS. Thankfully, it feels pretty great though and it looks just fine thanks to the cartoony style to it.

Something to keep in mind is that this is an online-only game, it does not have full offline play and it does also have micro-transactions. You can earn as you play, but you can also pay to get more of the in-game currency to buy more expensive cosmetic outfits from the in-game shop. Two things that have been pulling down the Steam user review score with players not particularly happy about either. Not enough to stop people playing it though, with it being one of the most popular releases of 2023 so far (over 55,000 people played it at the same time today).

On desktop Linux (Kubuntu 23.04) no surprises there as it works perfectly. With good smooth performance on max settings on my desktop at 2560x1440 - Ryzen 5800x / Radeon 6800XT.

A feature I especially like in Party Animals is that when you’ve been thrown out and the match is still going on, you get a few little tricks to throw into the ring like a banana peel for them to slip on or a bomb to hopefully explode them off. It’s a nice little touch that stops it being too boring when you’re waiting for the round to end while you're spectating.

Overall it's really fun, some properly laugh out loud moments can be had in it and across Steam Deck / desktop Linux you can have a good time with it. I would just suggest turning off voice chat, because for some reason it's on by default and open mic too.

You can buy it on Steam.

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Glittery Sep 25
Finally a better alternative to Gang Beasts which was really bad in online multiplayer for me. I'm having fun with this.
elmapul Sep 25
looks fun, i liked the music, art direction and especially how the characters move, not as if they were animals, but people using animal costumes, you can see that the neck isnt properly connected to the bony, always swinging arround
It looks like Gang Beasts Furry Edition.........
Pengling Sep 26
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I'm surprised that they launched it with that almost 1:1 Psyduck model in it! I remember seeing it in the first trailer and thinking they were perhaps asking for trouble, given how strict The Pokemon Company (the holding-company that manages the brand for Nintendo, Game Freak, et al) are about their IP...

Anyway, I'm not interested in microtransactions or open-mic voice-chat by default, so I'll probably give this one a miss, unfortunately.

I hope that they fix the performance issues on the Steam Deck, though, since it looks ideal for the Deck, and more competition in genres is always a good thing, even if it's not for me!

Last edited by Pengling on 26 September 2023 at 12:47 am UTC
Minux Sep 26
I've watched some videos. I definitely think I'll get it as soon as I recover my wallet. (you know Liam... you know you're evil do you? **proceeds to watch how most of the games on my Steam list are recommended on GOL website**).
ElTutucaZen Sep 26
Looks like fun, but it requires to always have an online connection, even for local play :/

I'm not gonna buy a game from a company with such practices.
hardpenguin Sep 26
Dope! I was worried about those mixed reviews. It is a pity there is no offline couch mode though.
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