You’ll possibly have guessed from the general leaning of the guides I write that I rather enjoy playing Battle Royales. PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legends, CSGO: Danger Zone… But if you’ve played any of them for any stretch of time, you’ll inevitably have encountered what I consider to be the biggest problem with the genre as a whole: third-partying. There’s no feeling so hollow as having your epic 1v1 duel cut short by a third party coming in while you’re both distracted, and killing you before you even notice that player three has entered the fight. It’s the most frustrating part of games like this, because it always feels like you weren’t given a fighting chance. You didn’t see them coming.
I think that’s partially why I was so taken with ZombsRoyale.io. Its refreshing top down and 2D-ness meant I could always see the third man coming, and prepare for them. It allowed me to feel more like John Wick steadily overcoming insurmountable odds, and less like some guy in an honest tavern brawl getting suplexed by an irate bouncer with forearms the size of tree trunks.