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Buddy Simulator 1984

Developer: Feardemic

  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: Oct 27, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: T [Teen]
  • A glacial pace from having to “type” with your controller makes the return on your time investment meager here

    Having grown up with text-based games like Zork, the decidedly old-school look and feel of Buddy Simulator 1984 isn’t unknown to me. That said, especially when I’m having to move a cursor around to individually select each letter I’m trying to type, it also makes for a very cumbersome and poor user experience. The thing is, given an investment of your time and patience there’s some odd fruit to enjoy from this experience, but it’s quite a slog to even begin to see those returns is the problem. Hell, just getting started typing out the commands to start things up in itself was a far more arduous experience than it ever should have been and the “game” hadn’t even started yet. I have no doubt that originally on PC this worked quite well, given how much more quickly you could have cruised through the appetizer round (everything text-based) and moved onto the entree and desert (everything that finally moves past text-based). On Switch though? Unless you have quite a lot of patience it’s very difficult to overcome the sense that you’re wasting your time for a payoff that won’t yield enough dividends to be worth it.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.8]

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