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Esophaguys is a running and swinging game where you control an old person with an extending neck. You move through the weird and surreal stages, extending your neck to bite and hold onto trees and creatures so you can swing across chasms and grapple up ledges. It's a bizarre concept, but paired with the intentionally awkward controls, it makes for silly fun that's also the right amount of challenge.

Play involves moving through the cartoony stages by using your neck as a grapple to swing across gaps and ascend cliffs. The controls are intentionally awkward, which makes failing to make a swing or missing a ledge as fun as it is annoying. There's a steep learning curve that requires you to experiment and wrestle with your momentum.

As you progress, the levels get more challenging and require more creative use of how you latch onto different objects and exploit the physics to your advantage. You can play by yourself or with friends, which adds the additional fun of being able to latch onto each other's bodies to gain extra distance and reach.

The result is a game that combines novel controls with a quirky concept to create a game that's simple to grasp but difficult to perfect, offering a physics-based challenge while still remaining silly and fun.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Esophaguys 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Platform game with Action, Communication, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Alongside the main game, which can be played by yourself or with up to three friends locally, there are lots of minigames you can play against one another.

You can play this game in the following styles:


In addition to the main stages, there are different minigames you can play in teams of two, like moving your necks and bodies to manoeuvre a ball into the other team's goal and feeding huge insect-like creatures the fastest.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The controls are fairly straightforward but can take a little while to get used to. There are frequent checkpoints so you never lose too much progress.



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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Platform (Action, Communication, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 32 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Esophaguys Game (@EsophaguysGame)

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