Party Animals is a “floppy physics action game” where cute animals grab, bash, and throw each other around like adorable sacks of pudding.

The co-op brawler looks similar to the hilarious Gang Beasts, though a lot cuter. Instead of featureless humanoids, you play as puppies, kittens, duckies, bunnies, and dinosaurs.

Party Animals supports a variety of task-oriented or competitive game modes, in both online and offline multiplayer. Free-for-all skirmishes and objective-based competitions take place in an “eclectic mix of environments where anything can happen.” Anything, like all-out lollipop warfare between a cuddly dinosaur and a fluffy shark.

Apparently, players took a shine to the game’s adorable and jiggle gameplay. Party Animals was so popular during the Steam Game Festival that the demo actually crashed the developers’ third-party servers.

“We were overwhelmed with the reaction to the Party Animals demo at the Steam Game Festival a couple of weeks ago. It literally was a case of ‘cute overload’, as the demand exceeded the abilities of our third-party servers, and crashed the game!,” said Andy Jianyi, Product Manager for Recreate Games.

“We never anticipated the game would be so popular that we’d have to work around the clock to fix our servers, but we are not complaining! We are thrilled that people enjoyed the game so much, and for a small studio like ours, this is a good problem to have.”

Developer Recreate Games has developed the game’s physics engine themselves, focusing on physics-driven character movements. The engine makes sure every movement you make is both hilarious and unpredictable. Every punch can either send your opponent flying out of the ring or knock you completely off-balance, leaving you vulnerable.

The developers recommend you throw all your friends and frenemies into the arena, and hope for the best. To us, it sure sounds like a fun evening.

Party Animals is coming to PC and consoles in late 2020.

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