19th Sep2019

‘Bear With Me: The Lost Robots’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Cummings

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I’m a longtime fan of point-and-click adventure games. I remember spending hours with titles like Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. I think the genre, though not as popular as it perhaps once was, can be absolutely awesome and a lot of fun. A sure-fire change of pace from the intense and full-on video games of our modern day.

Bear With Me: The Lost Robots, which was released to the Nintendo Switch this July, is a prequel to the 2017 Bear with Me game. I am unfamiliar, admittedly, with the 2017 title, but I was excited to check this one out. If you’ve played this genre before then you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from Bear With Me. It isn’t especially unique in format and function, working in much the same way you’d imagine. That’s fine, too. I was okay with the familiarity and simplicity of it, it comes with the territory of point-and-clicks. These games, though, are certainly made for PC gaming, and so they often feel a touch on the clunky or awkward side when they appear on a console. This is something of an issue here, I suppose, but having laid to rest my issues with that after playing many titles on consoles over the years, I didn’t let it bother me. I went with it, and soon got used to the mechanics. The cursor movement is a bit too slow, but like I said, you do get used to it.

The gameplay is fairly simple. You’re given a location, you have your characters, and moving your cursor around the screen allows you to search a bunch of items. You can scroll over the characters and activate some dialogue. You’ll click on objects, combine some, and it will, eventually, through your skill of thought, move you on to the next part of the story. The story itself is influenced by dark noir and with the tale, the characters and the world on offer, you see this monochrome vision full of black, white and grey, and characters that are a lot of fun too. The voice acting with the characters, which is a big part of the story and unfolding of it, is okay. It didn’t blow me away, and it’s a shame. I do think it’s always been, since the genre moved away from mere scrolling text, a big part of modern point-and-click titles, and while it isn’t bad, it isn’t particularly special. The story itself and the characters are truly what carry the game, with some interesting commentary and references throughout.

I did really like Ted as a character, he’s funny and I loved experiencing his story. There are so many pop-cultural nods and humorous winks that make the game flow nicely and offer a regular laugh to keep things interesting. The mysterious story is entertaining and while it has its flaws, I really did have a very good time playing through this. It didn’t blow my mind, but I could see me going back to it again. Visually lovely with a story that seldom feels uninteresting, it’s only really let down by the slow-moving mechanics and the inconsistent voice-work.

*** 3/5

Bear With Me: The Lost Robots and Bear With Me: The Complete Collection are available now on the Nintendo eShop.

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