It’s 2018, the Internet is first and foremost in popular culture, pretty much everyone carries a smartphone, we’re basically connected at all times. That, of course, is why indie developers absolutely adore local multiplayer. No, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me either, but before the rise of services like Parsec to enable playing local co-op games online, there were plenty of titles that were basically unplayable if you didn’t have local friends to join you. Case in point: Oh My Godheads, which is a solid and interesting party game that all but requires you to have local friends to make the most (or, well, pretty much anything) out of the experience.
What we’ve got here is essentially capture the flag…except instead of flags, you’ve got heads. Those heads that don’t necessarily like being captured and they might fight back against your manhandling. Headhandling. You know what I mean. Different heads do different things, such as being particularly heavy or particularly explosive, and you’ll have to keep that in mind along with dealing with attacks from your fellow players.
The godheads are the stars of the show; by comparison, your own characters are really just sword-swinging palanquins. You can stab your pals, you can throw stuff at them, you can pick up power-ups and mostly you can get messed around with by the gods. Characters die very quickly, which lends itself well to the sort of frantic action that Oh My Godheads is aiming for. Still, don’t expect intense swordfighting or anything like that – the hilarity that ensues from a god suddenly squashing you or zapping you with lightning is the main reason you’re playing this.
The aforementioned fellow players should probably be humans, by the way, as Oh My Godheads really shines when you’re playing with friends. There’s bots, sure, but they’re not especially smart and they don’t tend to add much to the experience. You really might as well consider local multiplayer a necessity for this one, even if there’s the odd single-player mode here and there; those modes aren’t the heart and soul of the experience. If you don’t have friends nearby to play with, in fact, you might want to skip Oh My Godheads entirely.
Oh My Godheads is a cute-looking game that’s easy to sell to people who might not play a ton of games. The low-poly style is pretty appealing and the cartoony action does a lot to make the experience simple to follow along with. Likewise, the sound effects and music are pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Godheads’ presentation is functional, if not mind-blowing.
There’s not really a whole lot going on in terms of depth, so Oh My Godheads would prefer that you get a bunch of pals together – while intoxicated, if at all possible – and just hammer away at it without expecting any progression, unlocks, RPG elements or any of that silliness. There’s certainly room for games like this, particularly on the Switch, which is well-served by its Joy-Cons when it comes to this kind of thing. Go in with the right expectations and you might just find this a divine party experience; on the other hand, if you don’t have local pals, this should be a hard pass.