Bear With Me is a new indie game from Exordium Games out for PC on Steam August 8, 2016 for $4.99. It’s a 2-D animation point-and-click noir “horror” game with a fantastical story.
Amber wakes up from a nightmare to find her brother missing. She seeks the help of her trusted detective and friend Ted E. Bear to find him. Meanwhile, the mysterious Red Man is setting fire to Paper Town and looking for Amber. This game is unlike anything I’ve played before. It’s witty, sarcastic, and dark. For lack of a better way to describe it, you can see for yourself in this official trailer by Exordium.
This game’s story shines brightly. The characters have a history together that unfolds seamlessly between predetermined story and player choice-driven dialogue. Although nothing in this world is actually possible, I found myself willing to suspend disbelief because it was just that amazing. Amber’s descriptions and banter with Ted are even more delightful when the player takes the time to examine every inch of each scene. In one such seemingly innocuous object, a funny “recording from the developer” had me laughing out loud at my computer.
Bear With Me is one of the best indie games I’ve played this year. It surprised and delighted from beginning to (sort-of) end. It’s clear in all the little gifts and subtle details that Bear With Me is a labor of love by developers who care deeply about how this game represents them in the world.
Maybe the only thing that was disappointing is that this game is in episodes, meaning that it “ends” right when the story is really getting started. Episode one was approximately two hours in length and worth absolutely every second. I can’t wait to see what Exordium does for the rest of the story!