This title was reviewed on Nintendo Switch, but is also available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The point-and-click genre, while not one of my favorites, is one I’ve dabbled in quite a bit, and have even reviewed previously. There are some I really enjoy, such as Grim Fandango, so I always look forward to playing a point-and-click when I get one to review. My latest foray into the genre came in the form of Bear With Me: Lost Robots, a prequel chapter to the previously released Bear With Me, which I’ve admittedly never played. So how does this mini adventure hold up? Let’s have a look.
Bear With Me is a film-noir adventure, and in terms of visuals, nails that aspect perfectly. The game overall has a somber tone, with a constant black-and-white art-style to it. On top of that, the game also has a 2D, cartoon style to it, which does admittedly clash with the dark subject matter, but I can’t knock it for how well done it is, with it not only looking great, but also being pretty well animated, even down to facial movements during speech. Overall, Bear With Me: Lost Robots looks great.
Bear With Me: Lost Robots‘ story is also quite well done. You play as the dynamic duo of Flint and Ted E. Bear, a cynical, anthropomorphic teddy bear who is also a detective. When a few robots go missing, it is up to this duo to investigate. While the premise is simple, it’s incredibly well done, and manages to blur the line between a parody of the noir genre and a serious example of it. The game has plenty of dark moments, such as Ted remembering the time his love left him for dead, and even finding a noose in one of Ted’s colleague’s office, but it also sprinkles in plenty of humor, with Ted having a dry wit and having constant banter with Flint. Admittedly, there is probably more to the story, with it being a prequel to the full Bear With Me game, so I am probably missing a ton of references to that game that fans will probably get straight away, although Flint being the brother of the original game’s protagonist is a nice link between the 2.
Bear With Me: Lost Robots is a point-and-click adventure, so everything is done by, well, pointing and clicking. The game’s main hook, like any good point-and-click game, is its puzzles, with Flint and Ted often having to find items to progress, as well as having to find clues in order to further their investigation. For the most part, these are inventory-based puzzles, with you having to find and combine specific items, and use these items to interact with the game world in certain ways, such as a very early puzzle involving tying two sheets into a rope and using them to escape a window you smashed open with a theater projector.
For the most part, these puzzles are quite well done, but there are a few that are just plain annoying or tedious. A good, or bad depending on how you see it, example of this is when you and Ted go to the river, and there is a tedious ‘puzzle’ which involves going down to the river and climbing back up multiple times for what seems to be simple padding. You have to combine a bunch of items to get down there in the first place, and when you do you have to grab cheese for a rat chilling up top, which you can’t reach. You then go back up, and borrow his cane, climb back down to the river, use said cane to grab said cheese, and climb back up. Once you give him the cheese, he gives you a wooden plank with which you, you guessed it, climb back down to the river to reach a key item. The tedium also isn’t helped by Bear With Me: Lost Robots‘ slow movement speed. Flint and Ted move incredibly slow in the game world, which makes the game a bit of a chore to play if you’re stuck on an area and spend 90% of the time moving around looking for a key item.
Like the visuals and story, Bear With Me: Lost Robots‘ audio is really good. The music, while not particularly memorable, is perfect for the noir style it’s going for. It’s the voice acting that steals the show though, with Ted E. Bear having a gruff voice that makes his cynical and dry wit even better.
Despite me not having played the original, Bear With Me: Lost Robots was, for the most part, a really enjoyable experience. The story manages to have a lot of fun while not being afraid to get serious, and the presentation is great on all fronts. For the most part, the point-and-click gameplay is decently done with some solid inventory puzzles too. However, there are a bunch of tedious moments that bog it down, and it’s made even worse by the slow movement speed of the characters. If you can get past that though, then a point-and-click fan should have fun with this one.