Babble Royale is like Scrabble crossed with battle royale games

Babble Royale is a cross between Scrabble and Battle Royale, and it works so much better than it looks.

The new online multiplayer game from Everybody House Games hit Steam Early Access as a free game yesterday, and it’s already attracting warrior word-makers from around the world. Here’s how it works: just like Fortnite Where Apex Legends, you jump in and choose where to land at the start of each match. But instead of playing a hardcore future gladiator or some sort of fish, you are a tile of letters.

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Wherever you land on the grid, you start putting words together, Scrabble-style, from a tray of letters that gradually fills up over time and with whatever is already on the board. Scattered across all areas, power-ups will increase your score or clear cluttered sections if you reach them. Where does the battle part come from? You are represented by the last word you formed on the board, and if another player connects their word to yours, you are dead. So, you had better connect with them first.

A shrinking safe zone forces all players to keep forming their words in one place, and ultimately only the last 16-year-old will be the winner. As the trailer succinctly explains, it’s “words with enemies” instead of words with friends.

Oh, you can also customize each of your letter tiles individually with different skins and hats because it’s an online video game in 2021 and some things are just sacred. Fair play, though: you can buy the $ 60 Free To Play Sucks Lifetime Pass if you want instant access to anything the developers will ever sell in the online store.

It’s still too early to say for sure, but maybe one day Babble Royale will take its place in our list of best battle royale games.

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