Touted as the ‘Game Without Words’ and being heavily promoted as being four different genres all wrapped up in one game made this game seem to be a very interesting experience. I really liked this idea as I had never heard of a video game that had multiple distinct genres equally spaced throughout the game. This made me ecstatic to try this game out, but unfortunately, it was not the pot of gold that I was hoping for.
The mechanics presented in most of the stages are clunky and provide with a very frustrating scenario. Honestly, the only level that I was overly pleased with was the point n’ click adventure tower due to the interesting puzzles and the light-hearted nature of the environment. Once I ended up in the Jungle or entered the Lab, the enjoyment went out the door and I was more interested in just getting to the end, instead of actually enjoying the game that was in front of me. They all provided cool concepts, but when I started playing them, I felt that the games were extremely difficult and made that way just to pad the time.
The one silver lining in this peculiar game was the different visuals throughout. This cartoon aesthetics are really colorful and made the game a bit more interesting. My favorite level design came from the Laboratory due to its similarities to Portal. I felt that the developers did a great job at making a small version of a classic, I just wish that the gameplay would have been as amazing as the landscapes around it. The soundtrack didn’t offer me much and I barely even noticed the music throughout most of my time.
In the end, Where Are My Friends? was a poor game that struck out immediately. With so little redeeming qualities, I can hardly recommend this game to anyone. The game is priced at $6 USD, which is not bad, but I wouldn’t waste my time on this one. So, get ready because I think we are already lost!
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 4/10
+Low Price Point
-Characters’ Have Almost No Personality
-Too Spread Apart
-Overly Difficult Gameplay