Fall Guys, where you play as a humanoid bean, is now free on all platforms. You participate in an “episode” where the competition is whittled down from 60 down to eight by the final (fifth) found. Each course will have a different set of obstacles to overcome from rotating platforms to disappearing tiles to cannons shooting balls. Think of it as a mix between the shows Wipeout and Takeshi’s Castle.
Below, you will find controls for PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Gameplay tips will follow, focusing on beginners to the game. For reference on difficulty, the final round was made on just the second “episode” played.
Note that you will need to create an Epic Games account to play Fall Guys.
All Fall Guys controls
|Action||PS4 / PS5 Controls||Switch Controls||Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S Controls||PC Controls|
|Move||L||LS||L||W, A, S, D|
|Emote 1||D-Pad Up||D-Pad Up||D-Pad Up||1|
|Emote 2||D-Pad Right||D-Pad Right||D-Pad Right||2|
|Emote 3||D-Pad Down||D-Pad Down||D-Pad Down||3|
|Emote 4||D-Pad Left||D-Pad Left||D-Pad Left||4|
|Walk||L1 (Invisibeans only)||L (Invisibeans only)||LB (Invisibeans only)||Alt (Invisibeans only)|
Note that for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, the left and right analog sticks are denoted as L and R, respectively. For the Switch, the sticks are denoted as LS and RS.
Beginners tips for Fall Guys
Below are gameplay tips for Fall Guys geared toward beginners. However, experienced players may find the tips useful as well.
1. Time your jumps in Fall Guys
In Fall Guys, your main means of advancing will be moving and jumping. In a level like Roll On (pictured) – where the platforms rotate – timing your jumps correctly is key to advancing. Your player won’t jump too far or too high, so it’s imperative to gauge your jumps early. There are also tricky jumps that are hidden near the end of many stages, so always jump to the final platform.
The above includes when encountering obstacles. Whether you find yourself on spinning platforms or facing down large cannonballs, a well-timed jump here and there will keep you from being knocked down (or off) and losing valuable time. When on a spinning platform, move with the spin and use that to quickly advance past others! Do not run against momentum!
2. Avoid other players as much as possible
When you begin, there are up to 60 players. You’ll quickly find that there’s not much room on these stages – even when the competitors dwindle – to hold so many players. You’ll inevitably run into other players as you make it to the end of the level. Hitting other players will stunt your momentum and, depending on your position, possibly knock you off of the stage.
In a stage like The Swiveller, where you run in around a narrow circular stage filled with moving hurdles and hammers to knock you down and off, avoiding players is made more dangerous since advancing is dependent on not being knocked off and eliminated. Running into a player can stop you right next to an obstacle that may knock you right off; players are just another obstacle to overcome.
3. Pay attention to and complete challenges
Fall Guys, like many similar games, has daily, weekly, and “marathon” challenges for you to complete. These include commonly seen ones such as “play X number of games,” “place X number of times,” and more. Each challenge is broken into five different categories: Common (light blue), Uncommon (darker blue), Rare (green), Epic (purple), and Legendary (orange), similar to items. Since many challenges are fairly simple to complete and just require time, aim for these especially early in your experience.
As you complete challenges, you’ll undoubtedly gain experience and level up. You will gain rank rewards, which is the fourth tab on the home screen just before the shop. You’ll see the rewards for playing the free version and those you can receive for buying a season pass. However, if you hit Square (or the corresponding button on Switch and Xbox) while on this screen, you’ll see Crown Rank. These are the rewards you will receive for obtaining the listed number of crowns. Crowns can only be obtained by winning an episode by grabbing the crown on Fall Mountain (below).
4. Play each mode to gain a better understanding of each level
Fall Guys currently has five different play modes: Solo Show, Squads Show, Duos Show, Stadium Stars Show, and Day at the Races Solo. The latter two are time-limited. The game doesn’t suffer like others by prioritizing single or multiplayer over the other, though many may prefer to play solo.
Fiddling around with the different play modes will also help you gain familiarity with the various levels and the obstacles you’ll encounter. Particularly if you plan on winning some Solo Shows, preemptive knowledge should help you navigate each level on your way to Fall Mountain, the final level where only eight players will qualify.
There is one goal when playing Fall Mountain: grab the crown using R2 or the equivalent button. The issue is that Fall Mountain is an amalgamation of obstacles you’ll have encountered (or not) in different levels. You have moving platforms, moving obstacles, rapid-fire cannonballs, and more. Fall Mountain is like a cartoonish fun version of the Aggro Crag from Nickelodeon’s GUTS.
Another issue in Fall Mountain won’t be running into players, but the amount of obstacles you’ll need to overcome. Avoid the red square platforms as they’ll just catapult you away while the mallets will knock you back. Avoid the cannonballs from the five cannons and use the momentum of platforms to your advantage. It may take a few tries, but that crown is yours for the taking!
Fall Guys is a game that is more strategic and complicated than it may first appear. It has simple controls and a simple concept, yet draws in gamers because of the execution. Use the above tips to nab those crowns and show others that you’re the ultimate Fall Guy!