- System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), iOS, Android
- Publisher: Modus Games
- Developer: Exordium Games
- Release Date: July 31, 2019
- Pricing:Episode 4 - $4.99 / The Complete Collection (1-4 Bundle) - $14.99
- Rating: E10+
- Genre: Point-and-Click Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.bearwithmegame.com/
Who it Caters to
But Bear with Me: The Lost Robots isn’t exclusive to returning fans of the series. Because it’s a prequel and not a sequel, newcomers can also pick it up and play without any problems. Thus Bear with Me: The Lost Robots also appeals to curious gamers that like narrative-heavy games, puzzles, mysteries, and detective stories. Its point-and-click gameplay style makes it easy to pick up, but the puzzles it presents keeps the game challenging in a different way. For players that are intrigued by the idea of a noir-inspired game with a teddy bear as the leading detective, well, look no further. Bear with Me: The Lost Robots caters to the curious.
What to Expect
Because of its film noir style, expect Bear with Me: The Lost Robots to have an entirely monochrome colour scheme inspired by those old films. It also has the same cold, sarcastic dialogue that genre is known for. And just because Ted E. Bear is a teddy, that doesn’t mean Bear with Me: The Lost Robots isn’t made for kids. It does have some bad language and other adult themes. It’s very much a game for mature teenagers and adults and should be played with parental discretion in mind for minors.
The story of Bear with Me: The Lost Robots centres on Flint and Ted E. Bear, a callous and hard noir detective. Players are taken into the monochrome world of Paper City to solve a mystery by investigating crime scenes, interrogating suspects, and putting together all the pieces to solve the puzzles. The robots in the city have started to go missing, and it’s up to you to crack the case. The characters you meet along the way may help or hinder you, so you have to be smart. The purpose of Bear with Me: The Lost Robots is to set up the much larger story that unfolds in the original game, but this prequel is full of its own new lore and characters, too.
The setting of Paper City is pretty large and very explorable. The environments are highly interactive as you search for clues and solutions to puzzles, so it’s best to click on everything and see what happens. You can click on nearly everything, and most things have an option to just hear a description of it or to pick it up or interact with it. Items that you pick up can also be combined with each other in your inventory, as well as dragged onto the main screen to interact with the environment. You’ll have to be experimental and ready to try a lot of things to crack the case!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Bear with Me: The Lost Robots combines several narrative genres into one good story.
- It’s a little bit of comedy, a dash of horror, and some mystery, too. Combined it makes for a story that is gripping without being too intense to enjoy.
- Bear with Me: The Lost Robots is done in a “film noir” style that sets it apart from other games and really establishes the atmosphere of the game in an interesting way. Imagine a classic detective movie like the Maltese Falcon; that’s the style of this game.
- There’s plenty of great sarcasm in the dialogue, making Bear with Me: The Lost Robots quite quotable and a must-play for fans of sarcastic wit.
- The PC version can be played entirely using just the mouse, making it easy for players to learn the controls and also making Bear with Me: The Lost Robots great for gamers on the go.
- While it may not be considered a con by everyone, keep in mind that Bear with Me: The Lost Robots is all presented in black and white to keep with the film noir theme. Better to know now than be surprised later.
- Ted E. Bear has great voice acting but the same cannot be said for Flint. A lot of his lines are delivered flat and devoid of any feeling, and sometimes he speaks so quietly it almost can’t be heard over the background music.
- For players that are sensitive to criticism, Bear with Me: The Lost Robots isn’t a great fit. While clicking around trying to solve problems you are guaranteed to make mistakes. Ted often says callous, cold observations about your experiments that may wear on gamers that can’t laugh them off.
- Point-and-click gameplay may get repetitive for some players so it’s best to know what you’re getting into before you start. There isn’t anything else happening in the game.