It's a game where you play as a bear and explore stuff.
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 78% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2016

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July 13

Bear Simulator: Behind the Scenes Stuff and Cut Things



Hi, first of all watch the people from Penny Arcade play this bear game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvcAKh07CGk

It was funny seeing them trying to figure out things and what's going on. Like their comic so it's as exciting as when the Game Grumps played this bear game. Wasn't sure if they liked it or not though.

Anyways, still working on the campground dlc. Here's some behind the scenes stuff in the mean time:



Arni Forest went through a ton of revisions, it had a vacation house where you would have found a kitchen (with food), some storyline stuff (the humans there left behind some messages) and a bird animal buddy (which eventually became DJ Raven):


(The pink color means the texture is missing)

There was also a hedge maze that was cut too:





Originally Bear Points were used as a gating system. At first you'd need a specific amount of bear points to travel to new regions. There would be “Barriers” blocking you from certain regions, kind of like “Note Doors” in Banjo Kazooie:



Things got shifted around a bunch and intelligence blocked food was used as a barrier system so you couldn't just travel around without building your stats up first. Bear points were originally used instead of Intelligence for food gating.

Intelligence had a different role, it was used to interact with the environment more. For example there was locked doors you couldn't open and books you'd need to read to gain new abilities and items like so:



You'd need to read a book and collect items to make a cat bed instead of just finding it. Plus there were other books for things.



That mystery shed went through a bunch of revisions. The main, original plan was it contained another key (inception sound here):



This would have given you special access to Kickstarter Island which was planned to be an exclusive region. Changed this when people messaged wanting their friends and favorite Youtube people to see their island submissions without needing the secret code. Plus wasn't sure if it should have been an exclusive thing or not or what people were expecting, didn't know how to go about it really, kept overthinking it.

Next idea was to have a switch that would spawn frogs everywhere in Arni Forest:



You would have to kill them all and be rewarded with something.



Was reading this comic called Hunter x Hunter but it went on hiatus just when it was getting good. Maybe when I finish the campground dlc thing it will come back just like it came back when finishing this bear game. (?!?!)

Will probably be updating some of the terrible animal models for the campground update (like the pig). But the ducks will keep their terrible models, grown fond of them.

You should watch this show called the Carbonaro Effect, it's pretty entertaining. It's not on Netflix though:



Also have been playing Pokemon Go.

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June 23

Bear Simulator Campground Update: Neat Things



Ok so the campground update will feature a strange Russian guitar called a Balalaika.

Why? Because of this guy. He liked this bear game and had his fans send nice emails which was nice so put this balalaika in game as a thank you. It was a popular request among his fans, had no idea what it was though at the time.



You may be able to collect this and play it in your den.

Also added some other things for other youtube people:



It's the Game Grumps and Markipiler

Yay

Also want to add something for this guy too, he had a fun playthrough:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5m4T5KpXZ8

Not sure what though.

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About This Game

A game where you live life through the eyes of a bear. Eat things, go on an adventure and discover things about your forest home.

  • Explore 7 different regions from the regular forest, to the mountain top or maybe take a long walk on the beach. But don't go to the Spooky Woods, none have braved that task and came out with their sanity intact.
  • Fight against an array of villainous creatures that dare try to stop your bear way of life, from the horrible bunny rabbit to the dreadful frog.
  • Find things to eat like bugs, mushrooms, plants or various bits of food left by humans. All of which increase your bear stats: Strength, Dive and Intelligence to name a few.
  • Collect cosmetics like hats, find curious things to decorate your den, discover strange and confusing bear beds. All very realistic bear behavior.
  • Discover secrets but keep them secret ya hear?!
  • View your bear through the Bear Face Cam. With it you can display your hats!
  • Read the markings left by other animals after upgrading your nose.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/ATI Radeon HD4850 512 MB or greater / Nvidia GeForce 9800GT 512 MB or greater
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9.5
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9.5
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/ATI Radeon HD4850 512 MB or greater / Nvidia GeForce 9800GT 512 MB or greater
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/ATI Radeon HD4850 512 MB or greater / Nvidia GeForce 9800GT 512 MB or greater
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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Xx72hN92Ki
( 58.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Bear Simulator is quite an awesome game, it has places to explore, things to find, and goals to reach, still waiting for that Campground Update/DLC.

It was fun for me, i definitely suggest you give it a try.

Oh, and the Developer DEFINITELY is not going to stop development on Bear Simulator.

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doodlemoo
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Boring. Not very Fun. No point to playing.
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SN0w Shadow7
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Your a bear the end.
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Double Dingus
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
don't know what i expected, the overwhelmingly positive reviews kind of swayed me.
The graphics aren't great, the physics aren't good, the fighting sucks, and you get stuck in walls or on ledges all the time.

The whole game is basically you looking for stuff and occasionally being rewarded with a lame meme, crappy pun, or whatever. There were a few funny moments. A few cute moments, but most of the jokes are just kinda dumb and really not worth crawling around and getting stuck on garbage for 20 minutes. Maybe I'm just old and bitter, younger kids will probably get more of a kick out of the humor, either way, absolutely not worth 14$. I wouldn't pay more than 5.
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Spoodaman
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
i didnt like this game, you cant really do much in it and its really hard to get your head around it
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Novibear
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
This was a game I backed on Kickstarter as it was a dream of mine to always just be able to be a bear in the wilderness doing stuff that bears do like find sunglasses and a hat and wear them then go fight bats in a cave.

I love it personally but I may be a bit biased.
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保護者 Leeo Panda ♋
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
I've been wanting to play this game for a looong while,and after finally buying it,it didn't disappointed me at all! I love this game so much and i got a lot into it,did everything i could to make a 100%. There are just some stuff i'm not sure how to get,but i think it's for a further update? But anyways,this is a bear adventure where you collect hats and miscs,you collect decorations for your cave,you 'collect' friendly animals that will stay at your cave such as cat,dj crow,ghost,etc,maximize your bear stats,complete 100% of stuff for achievements,find hidden stuff/secrets,kill bosses... I wouldn't call it a simulator,mostly because you actually have things to do!

I just hope the dev won't give up and he will keep it up with some updates. There's not much need to make the game better? I mean,lots of people are used to the 'easy' games from nowdays where they just throw everything in your mouth,and Bear Simulator is the opposite,you gotta use your sence and not having a map,look for a long time to find stuff,and that's when the game gets hard,figure out yourself stuff,do it yourself, 'unglitch' in your own way,find your own way to hit,and so goes on. So for the developer,if you ever read this,as i said,you don't need to change the mechanics and such,just do some bug fixes where for example,you get stuck in certain areas,or the glitch which you can't wear the pirate skin. ( Even though i prefer to use the Special one / Backer & Vampire ).

But of course some new content and areas would be really great! Like some new skins,pets,decorations.. The game has a lot of potential. So,for the developer,try to keep it up,i know it might be tough and such,but don't let people make you feel down,you can receive some certain critics as for example bug fixes,but look more forward towards the people who enjoy the game,and not to the ones who doesn't. Don't let a stupid youtuber break your hopes.

Lastly,i wanted to say thank you for creating this game,as well,for the people who helped with the development of it! I will keep with my hopes that this game will have more content in the future!
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The Saltiest Savage
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
I LOVE THIS GAME!!! This game is amazing. All the people that are saying that its bad is because they have no imagination and they live under rocks. You have to be an idiot not to fall in love with this game! Keep up the work!
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Chansey Is Angry
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I got this game because I thought it was funny and was expecting to refund it, but the game ended up being really enjoyable.

The game requires you to explore entire areas to get intelligence and other stats so that you can progress. This was fun for me cause I really enjoy exploring and looking for every hidden area.

The game has great humor, lots of progression and lots to explore!

The combat could use some work, but other than that I'm pretty satisfied with this purchase.
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Vaniteux
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Hilarious game. The only downside is that you don't really have a map so you have to work with your memory which is very hard since you see all the things from an angle which do make everything look the same.
The hitboxes and some minor bugs/glitches should also be checked over but i had a real blast playing this game anyways.

I recommend this to everyone who wants to try something different and likes some humor in their games.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
don't know what i expected, the overwhelmingly positive reviews kind of swayed me.
The graphics aren't great, the physics aren't good, the fighting sucks, and you get stuck in walls or on ledges all the time.

The whole game is basically you looking for stuff and occasionally being rewarded with a lame meme, crappy pun, or whatever. There were a few funny moments. A few cute moments, but most of the jokes are just kinda dumb and really not worth crawling around and getting stuck on garbage for 20 minutes. Maybe I'm just old and bitter, younger kids will probably get more of a kick out of the humor, either way, absolutely not worth 14$. I wouldn't pay more than 5.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This was a game I backed on Kickstarter as it was a dream of mine to always just be able to be a bear in the wilderness doing stuff that bears do like find sunglasses and a hat and wear them then go fight bats in a cave.

I love it personally but I may be a bit biased.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I got this game because I thought it was funny and was expecting to refund it, but the game ended up being really enjoyable.

The game requires you to explore entire areas to get intelligence and other stats so that you can progress. This was fun for me cause I really enjoy exploring and looking for every hidden area.

The game has great humor, lots of progression and lots to explore!

The combat could use some work, but other than that I'm pretty satisfied with this purchase.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Boring. Not very Fun. No point to playing.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
i didnt like this game, you cant really do much in it and its really hard to get your head around it
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I've been wanting to play this game for a looong while,and after finally buying it,it didn't disappointed me at all! I love this game so much and i got a lot into it,did everything i could to make a 100%. There are just some stuff i'm not sure how to get,but i think it's for a further update? But anyways,this is a bear adventure where you collect hats and miscs,you collect decorations for your cave,you 'collect' friendly animals that will stay at your cave such as cat,dj crow,ghost,etc,maximize your bear stats,complete 100% of stuff for achievements,find hidden stuff/secrets,kill bosses... I wouldn't call it a simulator,mostly because you actually have things to do!

I just hope the dev won't give up and he will keep it up with some updates. There's not much need to make the game better? I mean,lots of people are used to the 'easy' games from nowdays where they just throw everything in your mouth,and Bear Simulator is the opposite,you gotta use your sence and not having a map,look for a long time to find stuff,and that's when the game gets hard,figure out yourself stuff,do it yourself, 'unglitch' in your own way,find your own way to hit,and so goes on. So for the developer,if you ever read this,as i said,you don't need to change the mechanics and such,just do some bug fixes where for example,you get stuck in certain areas,or the glitch which you can't wear the pirate skin. ( Even though i prefer to use the Special one / Backer & Vampire ).

But of course some new content and areas would be really great! Like some new skins,pets,decorations.. The game has a lot of potential. So,for the developer,try to keep it up,i know it might be tough and such,but don't let people make you feel down,you can receive some certain critics as for example bug fixes,but look more forward towards the people who enjoy the game,and not to the ones who doesn't. Don't let a stupid youtuber break your hopes.

Lastly,i wanted to say thank you for creating this game,as well,for the people who helped with the development of it! I will keep with my hopes that this game will have more content in the future!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
247 of 289 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
I'm not normally a person who writes reviews for games, but after hearing and seeing some of things others are saying about this game and about how the creator of the game has become discouraged due to particular reviews I felt compelled to share my thoughts on this game.

While it is certainly not a masterpiece or a majorly innovative concept, it has a delightful charm to it. I belive that too many people come into this game expecting it to have the same off-the-walls wacky gameplay that Goat Simulator brought to the table and find themselves disapointed when the find out that there aren't any people to bowl over or explosions to create. Bear Simulator instead focuses on is creating a setting where there is a story to be told that the player has to discover by exploring as much as they can and finding food and clues as to what's going on. Everything is not as ordinary as it seems as the player progresses, and the fun is in slowly discovering new things, which admittedly is not for everyone.

A notable discovery early on is the fact that you are not a full grown bear, but rather a cub. In one of the very first areas that you will explore there will be a sign stating that a cub and not any full grown bears reside in the area. If you stop to think about it some more you'll realize that all the other animals you encounter are rather large comparative to you. And this brings me to anoter common misconception about the game. Many people who have played this game find it unfathomable that you, as a bear, are not smart enough to eat certain foods or are getting killed by a fox. While a normal adult bear would have no trouble with these things, you are just a stupid and frail cub and will need to eat everything in sight to grown stronger and smarter.

To end this I would just like to give a simple message to the developer of this game. Don't give up, man. A lot have people have found the actual method to enjoying your game. It's completely normal to make mistakes at the beginning which will net a lot of criticism on you. If you feel you need to take a break then go ahead, but please don't say you'll shelve your talent away forever. You've managed to achieve something here that plenty of other people can only dream about being able to do by getting your own game published and put up for sale on steam. I am one of those people. I don't know if you'll even get this message, but if you do, then whatever you decide to do in the end, then just make sure you're happy with your decision.
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1,017 of 1,355 people (75%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
UPDATE 3: Damn. This guy gives me a lot to update about. Because of the negative reception Bear Simulator got, John said in a Kickstarter update (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1330754003/bear-simulator/posts/1510978) he's not going to work on the game anymore.
UPDATE 2: The developer flagged my review as abusive. It has since been repealed by (I'm guessing) a Steam moderator.
UPDATE: The dev has deleted my forum post. I made a post warning people about the game and it was deleted without warning. It looks like this is happening to other posts, too.
I was a $50 Kickstarter backer. The dev has not communicated anything. I got my alpha access 3 weeks before release. This game has recieved no bugtesting and John Farjay (the developer) will not listen or respond to any form of input. This game is a poorly made and buggy mess. The codes the backers are not personalized and anyone can use them. The exciting area the developer promised to backers is a shed with a picture of a frog in it. The developer rarely posts to social media and rarely if ever responds to messages. The game was supposed to come out over a year ago, but John went on hiatus for a year without a single word. This game is a mess as it is, and I don't see it changing in the future.
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543 of 737 people (74%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
You need 15 intelligence to eat a hamburger in this game. That about sums it up.

Poor animation, poor sound, poor bear simulation. The world feels incredibly empty as you walk aimlessly through nondescript valleys with little signs of life. It's hard to keep track of where you've been, especially since there's no map. Every now and then you'll come across an oversized animal or bug, but they are few and far between, and will either attack you or flee. Beyond that you eat food such as berries, bugs, junk food and fish which will give you stat points.

The developer could have focused a bit more on adding animation and sound to you as the bear, and the environment. There could have been birds flying in the air, schools of fish in the river, and tiny bugs crawling around. Instead this is an entirely too dull and uninspired experience which I only dragged myself through after having backed it on Kickstarter maybe just a bit too optimistically.
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392 of 554 people (71%) found this review helpful
195 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
edit: I didn't realize this would get attention; I owe it to the game and its developer to give a serious review.

For this game to be fun, it would have to push you along too fast to take in the flaws. However, it actively STOPS you from progressing until you've combed the entire area looking for +int stat items in random corners, causing the charmingly basic animations and buggy movement/combat to become frustrating as you spend more and more time repeating them.

I did not finish this game, and as far as I can tell, neither did Farjay.
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