What I genuinely love about indie games is their ability to surprise me. Walking into Baby Storm I’d have to say my expectations were pretty low, not sure what the game would be like, just that it looked kind of cutesy and goofy, so I was afraid that was to compensate for merely average gameplay. While it’s hardly perfect, and certainly won’t be for everyone, I’m happy to say I was surprised with the result though. Imagine a time management simulator ala the likes of Overcooked, but rather than working as a chef in a kitchen you’ve been assigned to manage a bunch of unruly little diaper-clad monsters in a daycare. It starts out innocently enough, needing to grab them a favorite toy, or give them a hug, but once diaper changing gets into the mix it quickly becomes as much about managing gross messes as keeping the little tykes from bawling their eyes out. While it is certainly playable solo this definitely feels like a game that would benefit from more than one set of hands, so you can play it with up to a group of 4, and that sort of coverage would really help to play a zone defense, allowing perhaps 2 people to focus on kid management, and the other two to simply stay on patrol for clean-up duty. How long this would remain fun would be a fair question, even if the layouts and added complexity in tasks try to not allow you to get into too much of a comfort zone, but if you’re looking for something a bit more goofy that is willing to throw poopy diapers all over and test your ability to stay in control it’s at least entertaining.
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