Epic music resounding, a shuttle speeding through the water, a majestic fort in the middle of the sea… that’s enough to remind us of the famous show Fort Boyard. Imagined in 1990, the game show has been the subject of several more or less successful adaptations and the latest has just been published. A winning return?
Built in 1857 after more than fifty years of work, Fort Boyard is a military building off La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime. Able to house up to 264 men in wartime, it is overlooked by a watchtower culminating at 25 meters. In total abandonment, it was restored by the man of television and radio, Jacques Antoine, and became a staple of the second general-interest channel. Like many television programs, Fort Boyard has seen several video game adaptations and the license is now the property of the publisher Microids. After several editions, Fort Boyard returns in 2022 with an iteration that smells of nostalgia.
The same with some adjustments
Soberly titled “Fort Boyard 2022”, this version broadly takes up the clichés of that of 2020. At the start of the game, the player chooses one of the four available characters (two women, two men) and launches into the assault of the 44 tests of the fort. First of all, it is important to stress that it is not possible to move freely within the building. The progression is made by the presence of cinematics revealing the race of the candidates and only the tests are interactive. First good point, the developers have tried to best transcribe the atmosphere of the show. Through its dubbing in French, its music and its characters, Fort Boyard 2022 benefits from a rather successful atmosphere. Technically, the set is quite weak, but the game has the merit of offering pleasant cartoon graphics. However, this does not make us forget that the production has hardly changed since the 2019 episode…
Family game requires, the controls of each mini-game are voluntarily accessible. Offering several levels of difficulty, Fort Boyard 2022 relies on user-friendliness and inevitably gains interest in multiplayer. As in the game show, the objective is to collect keys and then get your hands on valuable clues to use for the treasure room’s secret word. And as you can imagine, the interest of the title is based above all on the quality of the tests offered. Largely taken from the show, they have the merit of being quite amusing. Crossbow, Turbo Basket, Mummy, Ketchuperie… all the great classics of the moment are there! However, we must not lie to ourselves, we go around it fairly quickly and some mini-games lack panache. There are still some good ideas, like the catapult that propels the avatar to the skies for a glide between the circles and the seagulls.
The longevity of Father Fouras?
Despite some well-founded enigmas and an undeniable capital of sympathy, Fort Boyard will not resist you for long. However, it is embellished with different modes, including a Versus allowing you to face a friend in about ten events (eleven to be exact). In addition, the Time Travel mode allows you to relive, for the time of six mini-games, some of the cult moments of the show. We think of the famous battle of giant cotton swabs, arm wrestling, the barracks, its buckets and conveyor belt or even the Magyar seesaw and its cannons to be thrown into barrels. We are therefore in the presence of a party game (compilation of mini-games) à la Mario Party, but without the board aspect. The sequence of events is not necessarily a bad idea, especially with the different phases of the game (the duration of which can be configured), but it lacks a little something to stimulate a rhythm in the adventure. Undoubtedly, the developers are on the right track, but there are still great efforts to be made to join the tenors of the genre and make the game go beyond the simple framework of an evening.
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- The number of tests
- The atmosphere well transcribed (voice, music …)
- Some new mini-games
- Accessible for the whole family
- Well presented proofs
- Non-customizable protagonists
- No freedom of movement
- A lack of rhythm, dynamism
- Trials of unequal interest
- Too few improvements compared to the previous edition
For those who have the previous edition, this Fort Boyard 2022 is of little interest because the new features are too light. On the other hand, for the others, the purchase can be envisaged if you appreciate the televised game and that you wish to find its environment. Much more complete than in the past, this episode allows the license to reach a decent number of events (44 mini-games!), While offering different game modes to play alone, with family or with friends. Friendly and pleasant with its cartoon spirit (cartoon), it’s the ideal kind of title to come out from time to time. There’s still work to be done to achieve Mario Party mastery, but the developers are on the right track.
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