By Edwin Velez
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on October 13th, 2016 for Xbox One, also on PS4 and PC
Developer: Perfectly Paranormal Publisher: Curve Digital
Perfectly Paranormal, the team behind the game, has put together a fantastic, hilarious, and original adventure with Manual Samuel. It feels like a click and point style adventure, with little pointing and mostly clicking. Players literally have to make Sam breathe, walk, and blink using individual actions. The controllers back triggers help him walk, with the left trigger being attributed to the left leg, and the right trigger moving the right leg. Take two right steps and you will be doing the splits in no time. Breathing requires both inhaling and exhaling as it should, but be careful! Exhale too much and you’ll be blue in the face and surely pass out. The controls alone give way to how funny the games is. Falling and failing to successfully multitask easily lead to some laughs. The laughs are only stretched by the amazingly written and spoken scripts attached to the story.
In addition to the single player story, there is also a co-op mode as well as a time trial mode. The co-op mode features the same story, except that this time around Sam’s bodily functions are being performed simultaneously by two players. You can pick and choose what body parts to take control of and it adds another hilarious way to experience the game. Time trial mode lets you replay six of the eight chapters in a race to the finish. It requires a lot of practice and patience to master Sam’s movements in order to get the coveted gold medal, but it will really polish your skills! The game as a whole is a delightful experience. You really can’t beat well written humor and a surprising amount of engagement. The concept is just flat out awesome and Perfectly Paranormal has created quite a gem of an adventure. Fans of Octodad and QWOP alike would be remiss to sleep on this one, but the gaming community in general should really look into it if you even have just a hair of a sense of humor. Manual Samuel will have you on your back with laughter, and surely leave you in stitches.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 9/10
+Great Voice Over Work
-Repetitive Dialog Gets