Let me tell you about this pretty game called Boo Bunny Plague.
I picked it up using some of the rare Steam funds that I only seem to get once in a blue moon while it was on sale, and honestly I do not regret a penny. This game proudly holds the title of "the first game that made me buy it instantly after watching the trailer."
So what is this game about?
It's a game about a metal toy bunny who just wants to make the money required for an auto-repair, and along the way he goes across an intergalactic journey with his three pals trying to earn that money. I can only describe it as a linear action/adventure game, similar to games in the PS2 era. I loved my PS2, so to see a game that was so new yet classic-feeling at the same time was really something.
But where this game truly shined was in its creativity. There's no exaggeration when I say that this game is really freaking funny. There are hilarious moments with every cutscene, and even during the gameplay itself, which are either original jokes or references. In the first half of the game, the subtitles definitely made me crack up a few times.
On that note, the voice acting is brilliant. Each voice actor truly gave their characters life and personality, and a lovely singing voice I might add. Yes, there are numerous songs in this game, and for some reason, I love it. I've never seen another game do anything like it, and it worked beautifully. I am actually listening to the soundtrack while I am writing this, which I got with the game.
Oh yeah. It's not just the singing I like, but the music too. It's so memorable I catch myself singing random songs throughout the day.
How is the actual gameplay like? For me, it's smooth. I used the highest graphics settings and the game looked beautiful. This may be different for other computers though. The graphics themselves may not look as "detailed" as modern games, but personally I enjoyed the cartoony feeling this game gave me.
The controls are simple to understand, and I used a gamepad for it. The levels themselves aren't too difficult, and there's an amount of different guitars to collect, some of which are optional and hard to find. Bosses occur very often in this game, and while some of them are easy to defeat, others are tricky and cause you to think before you just rush in and attack. There usually isn't a large penalty for dying, you'll just respawn instantly at the beginning of the room, or somewhere a few seconds from the point you died at.
When completing the game and finishing the credits sequence, you unlock Impossible Mode, which, as you would guess, unlocks a much harder version of the original game. There's not much else going for it besides an achievement for beating it, but that was enough for me. By the way, I should mention that the game itself is rather short; it would take an average playthrough about two to three hours or so to beat it. But that doesn't make the game bad; I've played countless games that are short, but have loads of charm and memorability to me, and this is among my favorite. I've actually played through the game three times at the time I write this, once on Impossible Mode. It's a heavily enjoyable experience and I've actually found a few funny bits that I missed on my first playthrough.
The combat system is very simple. For the most part you have to mash a single button to beat enemies down, and hold down another to activate a temporary shield. Some of your guitar-weapons, however, have special effects to aid in combat.
Another enjoyable aspect about this game is that it makes no darn sense. As the plot unfolds you're asking yourself just what the heck you're playing, and it kept me entertained the whole way through, what with Bunny's singing episodes and Gunny's overuse of the word "Yes," which I have begun to take up when I type to people.
Many of the levels are linear without a whole lot of exploring, but I can guarantee you'll get a laugh out of the game at least.
Also, the developers are very involved with this game, and they will be very responsive to almost any question or concern you may have. A few updates have come out already fixing certain bugs, and I feel the developers are doing a great job. A sequel is possible, and I would love to see that; that's why I hope more people will learn about the game after reading this review.
Even at full price, this game is entirely worth it. Whether it's for the humor, music or gameplay. It's a strange yet fun adventure filled with wonderful characters and a great sense of humor. It may be short, but think of it like a Jolly Rancher; so small, but bursting with delicious flavor. Boo Bunny Plague is a fabulous gem worthy of more attention.
I recommend this game, yes.