Here’s my opinion and its pretty simple:
Its because its a BR and BRs are popular right now.
But there are tons of BRs out there and many fail or have no audience I hear you say.
And that is where my opinion is not so simple.
This one works because its radically different from most BRs:
- No guns (so hits an audience that doesn’t like or is bored of FPS and appeals to parents)
- No killing (other than yeeting people off the edge in some games but that isn’t the core mechanic)
- Its casual
- Its bright and goofy
- Its not hard to learn, no convoluted mechanics
- Its short (~15-20 mins if you survive to the end from memory) so it respects your time
Its not taking the same formula and adding/changing it slightly but its taking the core concept (1 or a small group vs many eliminating till there is only 1 left) and using it in a different genre (mini games).
And I feel this is what many have been looking for as BRs are in vogue and there have not been that many great mini game collection games of late (even the Mario Party game lately haven’t been great and their online implementations are especially dumb) and people wanted something less intense. Mash them together and you have a winning formula.
And as some have said unlike something like rocket league there is no great skill ceiling in this game, but if they keep introducing fun mini games at regular intervals I feel this game could have legs for a while.