The idea is simple: take the most popular ideas from the most popular video games and smoosh them together in a coherent mess that will be good as the sum of all its parts. Does it work? Well, not ideal but it’s fun enough to forgive it some apparent shortcomings. Mayhem Combat is rough and chunky experience, but its undiluted craziness will also bring a smile to your face.
Basically, this game is a pure blooded brawler, but it throws in other ideas into the formula. You could notice the influences of battle royale, Smash Bros or even Clash Royale in the game.
In this multiplayer free-for-all, your aim is to be the last character standing. You do that by picking a fighter, giving them a weapon, and then heading out to smack the seven shades of Shakespeare out of everyone else. It’s not an easy task, not at all actually, and you’re going to take more than a fair share of clobbering before you catch up with the rest of the bunch. The progression curve here is pretty decent, though, so you won’t be scraping the bottom of the barrel for too long.
In other mods, you’ll be fighting one on one with a computer or human controlled enemies, or engaging in a three-way tag battle. Whatever you’re doing, the controls are the same: You’ve got a button to hit, a button to jump, and a button to dodge. By fighting, you’ll charge your super move, which appears right next to the punch button. Pressing the arrows couple of times will make your character fly around the arena. The floaty, fluttery gist of the game means that slightly imprecise controls aren’t too much of the perturbation. And you can pretty much double-jump forever, which gives some extra layers to the fighting. Add to that different characters, fighting styles and weapons and you’re in for the solid brawler experience that will make you grin ear to ear.
Mayhem Combat is not a perfect game, god forbid. There’s an apparent lack of gameplay diversity, and while fighting is fun, you’ll probably take a break to vent off after more advanced players mopped the floor with you. But, if everything sits in its place and the game pairs you up with someone of similar level, you’re gonna enjoy every punch you land and every collision of your foe with the arena elements.