Have you ever watched that show Hole in the Wall and wanted to play something like that yourself? Well then developer Monster Couch has answered your call because that’s exactly what their new game Tetsumo Party is. This party game lets you and some friends position a sumo into place to fit through holes but sadly doesn’t offer much more than that.
Tetsumo Party can be played with 1-4 players and pretty much is as simple as they come. You pick your character of which you only have a few at first. As you play you’ll unlock some other types of characters to use but outside of visual appearances they all play the same. When the match begins you have to get ready to move your characters body parts to fit the outline in the wall that will be coming towards you. This is done using the L1, L2, R1, and R2 buttons on the Dualshock 4 or their equivalent on other platforms. It’s very easy to understand which button controls which limb as for example the R2 button controls the right leg while R1 controls the right arm.
This is pretty much what you do over and over either by yourself or with other friends locally. When playing with friends you can choose to compete to see who can pass the most walls or work together playing as one character with each person controlling a certain limb. Another thing that randomly occurs while playing is your character’s pants will fall down and you have to frantically pull them back up into place. Outside of that though there just isn’t much else here to add any variety and so it’s very easy to grow bored of this game quickly.
The visuals in the game are simple but are colorful and offer a nice variety. Environments will change up with some having some nice trees and mountains in the distance and another having pyramids. There is no real music to speak of but you do get a few little sound effects here and there. Trophy hunters out there will find a total of 28 trophies in this game including a Platinum. Most of them are pretty simple only asking you to do certain things a number of times. Going for all the trophies might be the best way to get playtime out of this game honestly.
Tetsumo Party is very cheap to pick up but whether those few dollars are worth it will be up to you. It’s a very simple idea and it works well but personally I don’t feel like there is enough here to recommend it as I grew bored of it within thirty minutes.
*Tetsumo Party is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Reviewed on a PS4 Pro. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.