It is not every day I get to take a journey into a monochromatic noir mystery. It is also quite uncommon to do so alongside a sarcastic teddy bear. Bear With Me: The Lost Robots is the latest chapter in the adventures of Ted E. Bear, callous detective of Paper City. Modus games latest release is a prequel to the previous adventures of Amber and Ted focusing on Amber‘s brother, Flint.
Before going very far, I will fully state that I am a newcomer to the Bear With Me franchise. As such I have no prior knowledge of the events of Amber and Ted’s previous adventures together. To me, this feels like the best way to begin a prequel.
So what‘s the Story Kid
Bear With Me: The Lost Robot is a point & click, noir crime revolving around the antics of detective Ted E. Bear and Flint. The game is a delightful mix of witty banter, clever puzzles and some surprisingly heartwarming moments. The Lost Robot focuses on the disappearance of Robbie, a robot friend of Ted who works the ticket booth of the Lux Theatre. What ensues is a good old-fashioned noir crime story. Love is found and lost, crimes are uncovered, and fellow investigators act a bit… fishy. Along the way, Ted and Flint meet all sorts of interesting characters each with their amusing quirks and hilarious banter. I honestly cannot say much, if anything at all, which is negative about the story at all. Sure it is simple and slightly formulaic at times but the dialogue is well written and the self-aware humor made this playthrough quite enjoyable.
Does Bear With Me: The Lost Robots need any repairs?
From a mechanics perspective, there is very little to comment on. The point & click mechanics are very solid. It is very clear to me that the previous development experience of Bear With Me by Exordium and Modus went into the creation of this latest chapter. In comparison to many point-and-click games I’ve seen over the years, Bear With Me: The Lost Robots was incredibly stable. It gets the little things right. For instance: when there is an action which can be taken a small red ring rotates around your inventory icon. Likewise when all actions have been taken the icon becomes stationary.
Artistically the games limited color palette does not negatively impact it whatsoever. Bear With Me: The Lost Robots‘ art style is clean, well-illustrated and serves the stories historic conventions marvellously. Throughout heavy exposition driven moments, the game utilizes a clever graphic novel format using pops of red to move you through the frames. Its a clear throwback to crime novels creating a wonderful homage to classic noir serials and the genre they are utilizing.
Give it to me straight Kid
Upon my first encounter with Bear With Me: The Lost Robots, I was struck with how cheeky the humor was. I was initially ready for a childish noir romp with very little substance but found something quite different. The humor and storyline are light-hearted, full of brilliant puns and clever quips. I was frequently laughing out loud at the mouthy antics of this stuffed detective bear and his human sidekick.
Perhaps my favorite moment of the game came in the stereotypical bar drinking scene. Flint, who has obviously been avoiding discussing his sister Amber throughout the game, admits she’s been put into the hospital. Worse, its cause was a dare to eat a cookie Amber was instructed to not consume. Poor Flint begins to break down until Ted comforts him, assuring him kids do silly things and it wasn’t like he’d meant to cause her harm. Amidst an already amusing story, it was a really sweet moment.
It is quite safe to say my time with Bear With Me: The Lost Robots was enjoyable. The combination of clever writing, fun art style, and an interesting cast of characters make this game a winner for me. With the Bear With Me: Complete Collection on the horizon I may well pick this up to learn more about the world. If you like noir films or enjoy a good detective serial, you won’t regret this purchase.