Conan Chop Chop review by

Sometimes the timing is right. On April 1, 2019, Conan Chop Chop was announced by Funcom. The cartoonish and unassuming aspect of the game led a very large majority of gamers to believe that it was actually an April Fools’ joke. A few months later, the publisher confirmed that what everyone thought was a cute joke was actually a real game, which after a long development process only saw the light of day in April of this year, 3 years after it was announced.

New look at Conan

As its name suggests, Conan Chop Chop offers its own view of Conan the Barbarian legends, with a more humorous tone than the original. With its design heavily inspired by cyanide and hypnosis, Conan Chop Chop features Wrath-A-Thon, a challenge set by Thoth-Amon to capture the heroes of the Hyborian era. Small cut scenes detailing the story and the protagonist’s story are often full of humor, plus some descriptions of weapons. In short, this gives a somewhat refreshing approach to Conan’s universe, usually a darker one.

The principle of the game is simple. You can choose a hero from among the four proposed, each of them naturally has its own special abilities. One key is dedicated to standard attacks, and another key is dedicated to dash, shield, grenades, and bow. Therefore, getting started is very intuitive and some small techniques will be quickly mastered to help you complete your task.. Activating the shield at the right time will trigger a counterattack, and landing strikes will fill your rage gauge which will increase your speed and damage. Also, to be able to use your bombs and arrows, you will have to make sure their common meter is filled and you will have to wait for it to regenerate after a certain time before activating it again. If we can regret that the metrics listed are the same for bombs and arrows, this waiting period will force you to choose to activate them carefully.

Recommended rogue lite in co-op

Your adventure will consist of completing 4 regions sealed by 4 different bosses in one game. It must be admitted that the challenge is not easy at first. Conan Chop Chop is a light-hearted rogue game whose levels are procedurally created, so luck will clearly be at the heart of the game. If you collect together areas filled with the toughest enemies to defeat early in the game, you definitely won’t be able to go very far. On the other hand, there are some compromises to be facilitated since each race gains experience that you can use to gain levels and unlock new skills or negative effects, such as a higher starting life capital for the next game, for example. In addition, you will regularly harvest items that you will keep permanently and which you can exchange for additional shields or shields.

So each new game session will be a little easier than before, even if the challenge remains high at the beginning of the game. You don’t have to hope to rush to the heap, it’ll dominate the area and play quirks and negatives to get out against enemies most of the time. Fortunately, you can stop at the street vendors to buy equipment or reclaim your life thanks to the accumulated gold by killing enemies. Then, by digging a bit, you will advance to a final dungeon peppered with a boss. In other words, if you don’t take the time to prepare, the battle will either be difficult or unnecessarily long. On the other hand, if you have enough powerful equipment, the difficulty should not be too strong. Conan Chop Chop still comes out with some iterations and sometimes the game takes too long.

Conan Chop Chop: When April Fools' Day Becomes a Real Video Game

If the adventure is too boring on its own, the game takes on a more fun dimension when you play with 3 friends in local or online co-op. The game gains in ease and liveliness, with fairly complementary hero chapters and should bring you a few hours of fun. This is definitely the recommended gaming setup.


strength point

  • successful cartoon design
  • Many different weapons
  • Diverse and friendly environments
  • So much fun in co-op

Weak points

  • Runs that pulls a little in length
  • Not recommended for solo
  • Bomb sharing and arrow gauge questionable

Conan Chop Chop is a friendly superhero game, that goes beyond joke by offering a fun world, lots of weapons to try and above all a fun co-op experience. Alternatively, solo play is not recommended, the title is not without flaws and leads to some questionable gameplay options, but still a rather good surprise has the advantage of not taking itself too seriously.


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