Bother’s Bar Plays Badly: Fort Boyard (2019)

By | June 29, 2019

Toujours plus loin, toujours plus haut, toujours plus fooooooooooort! Yes, it’s time for another Bother’s Bar Plays Badly and this time we’re playing badly the recent digital release of Fort Boyard on XBox One (Steam, PS4 and Switch versions also available).

How will I fare against Briggy Fouras?

You won’t need to watch over two hours to find out, you can see pretty much everything the game has to throw at you in the next thirty minutes.

10 thoughts on “Bother’s Bar Plays Badly: Fort Boyard (2019)

  1. Mika

    Wow, that is… disappointing…?

    It’s like for every one thing they got really right, they got something wrong, and two more things *really* wrong.

    Cars Wars and Excalibur looked pretty good, few of the others seemed alright, and the cell interiors looked pretty alright.
    The fact they didn’t model the cell exteriors “right” seems odd, especially since what they did do seems like it would’ve been the same work. And the overall feel of the graphics is pretty low-budget, but ‘good low budget’, if that makes sense.
    But the sheer lack of games? Only one judgement game? No having to escape the cell in time? You don’t even get to spell out the word yourself? It really *WAS* done so much better 25 years ago.

    1. Danny Kerner

      Yeah the Wii game which was the last release, in my opinion, is the best. They have the old tower riddle game, and the word is spelled out by yourself. the only damn downside is it stuck in the French language.

  2. Chris M. Dickson

    That didn’t look great, but you added a great deal of value to it. Thank you!

    I feel almost a little dumb for asking this but is the word “Fort” a deliberate pun that I have taken literally dozens of years to spot or is it merely a happy etymological coincidence that the same word is relevant both as adjective and noun? We need the French equivalent of Susie Dent here; being very silly, I choose to imagine she’s called Mme. Suzette Tooth.

    1. Mark A

      Well Countdown is based on the French show Des Chiffres et des Lettres so…

  3. Will Stephen

    Xbox version is also slightly different to the steam version. On steam the tigers head in the treasure room actually does the short delay of the tension first not instant coin drop on a right answer. I’ve downloaded it onto The Parsec app so if anyone wants to do a 4 player excursion online we can try it. You just need to download it for nothing and have a usb controller (Xbox ideally as the game doesnt fully support other ones, I tried a switch controller earlier). I don’t know how four players work in the treasure room, whether it splits screen, take it in turns or only one person does it with AI so I really wanna try it at some point.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Well playing with two players on one controller, basically only one person does it with AI doing everything else.

      Do you have a versus mode on Steam?

  4. James W

    Having had a bit of a go at the Steam version, I can’t help feeling this is the sort of thing that, back when it was still a thing, would have done moderately well on that carousel of casual games in DVD cases you’d find near the printer ink in WHSmiths. I think it’s not quite there for the money they want to charge for it, but I live in hope that there may be some after the fact improvements to fix some of the glitchers.

  5. Brig Bother Post author

    Right I’m really confused, there does appear to be a Boyard Party mode, but I’ve only seen it in vids for PS4 and Steam. What’s that all about?

    1. David B

      You actually have to throw a party before it unlocks. Get out your cheese and pineapple hedgehog.

  6. Lee Turner

    To be honest. I think the game looks good but could have alot more of the games on. The fact that only 1 game isn’t used per run doesn’t bring much replay ability. Hopefully there a way they can add more games through time to make it better.
    Also miss the running theme. Playing the candidates theme every time does get annoying. On saying that. The fact that we could get some of the new music from it is a great success.


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