It's a game where you play as a bear and explore stuff.
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2016

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September 2

Campgrounds + Questions

Have the campground region prepared (think it's good to go, tested it a bunch but there may be unforeseen problems) here's a trailer I put together for it, think it turned out neat:
(It also says it's "out now." but it isn't yet. This is supposed to be a trailer for when it actually releases.)

Should this be released with a sale? There was a few that wanted that and it might be a good time? Not entirely sure how to go about it though and what kind of discount should it be? Need to figure that out or just no to a sale? (Steam stuff is kind of complicated -.-)

Comment if you have any ideas?

Anyway, updated the page for it on the website:

Greenpeak Campgrounds

And here are some screenshots:

It has the campground region, crystal caves area and other things which you might find neat. This region is a little different from the others. It's also not quite as extravagant but maybe you'll think otherwise?

Will make a bigger update with when the update releases, this is just more like another teaser, a questions thing.

Couldn't do the PATRIOT base though, it was too big/complicated of an idea and couldn't do it correctly. Rather have it remain a mystery than something disappointing. And the chickens act a little odd, probably not too big of a deal. Was having quite a few programming problems too -.-

Here's a behind the scenes blog post: Link

Yes this update is a little bland, having some problems -.-

Not entirely sure when this will release, trying to figure out stuff and may go back to spruce it up.

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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:

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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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Game isn't really fun, just going around areas till you kill and eat every living thing in that area. And the "story" of the game is locked away in hidden temples that you have to find throughout some of the areas, one of which you have to get passed an annoying mountain platforming section where if you make one mistake and fall you die and have to start from the cave every single time. Then there's the secret "fun" place where you have to go through an obstacle course that looks like it belongs in Roblox and is hard to do considering the fact that you can literally fall through the floor at any time. Hitboxes are terrible, you have to be inside the thing you want to kill and aim at a weird angle. The birds just fly straight up before you can even get next to them so your best bet is to just sprint up to them and aim up immediately. Chasing the bunnies around is annoying unless you can get them stuck on a piece of terrain where their AI can't tell that it is stuck and needs to turn around (thank god for this though, cause otherwise killing them would be even more of a ♥♥♥♥♥). And there are probably a lot more things i could mention but wont cause aint nobody got time for that!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Im sorry, No.

What I saw and what I experienced were two different things.

I saw a High-Functioning, Sandbox, well scripted survival game in the view as a bear. The way the game was presented made it seem like I NEEDED to get this game. It seemed to be a fun, unique bear survival.

What I got was a buggy, slow paced, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ excuse of a survival game. It looked nice since they filtered out all the function aids in the trailer. The game moves excruciatingly slow, and the amount of man-hours you need to put into this game to unlock everyone compares to that of ARK: Survival Evolved.

There are WAY too many functions for a game that should just be, well, Simple. If you add functions to the point where the player feels like theyre trying to solve the Euler Product Formula, then you probably need to cut some down.

There is some good to this game, but the bad outweighs the good by a gratuitious amount.
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281 of 335 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
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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1,019 of 1,369 people (74%) found this review helpful
66 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 ( 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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531 of 732 people (73%) found this review helpful
67 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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301 of 431 people (70%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
This has to be the most poorly designed game I have played in a while. and I hate the fact that I have to hate this game, because the premise is fun and the dev sense of humour is great, and also I backed this game in Kickstarter, but I can't recommend it to anybody.

I love exploring in this kind of titles, but the Stamine system ruins the whole fun of running around and discovering new things, because absolutely everything you do uses stamine and if you run out of it you start getting hurt just by running, something that shouldn't happen in an open game. This wouldn't be a problem because you cain regain health and stamine by eating food, mushrooms and defeating enemies, but what is even the point if those things rarely appear in the game?

In the same vein, the "Intelligence" system is so frustrating. I'm so happy to find something new to eat to level up my character, just to discover that I'm so stupid that I can't even touch it. There's absolutely nothing to point me towards how getting more intelligence, and even if it were, there is NOTHING in this huge overworld for me to gain more XP or Intelligence. Is painfully frustrating discovering great stuff that you can't even read or grab.

And I know this is a "joke game", but what is wrong with the animals balance? How in the bloody hell a freaking RAT obliterated me? I'M A BEAR.

As I said, I really wanted to like and love this game, but I'm not masochist enough to be running around the same places over and over again with no stamina, no strenght and no intelligence, and no elements to get more of those anywhere to be seen. I guess I'll try to fight enemies with my valves or eating off my hats to not starve to death. Hopefully this things will get patched out in the near future, and if so, then I would gladly rejoin the adventure of exploring and recommend it to some friends, but in the state that is right now, yeah, it's playable, but absolutely not enjoyable.
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340 of 506 people (67%) found this review helpful
196 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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236 of 353 people (67%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27

Bear Simulator = Faux "Simulator" humor game + Bears + A low rent Skyrim

For a little context, this was a game sucessfully Kickstarted years ago for something to the tune of $100k. The KS itself was something of a mess but we aren't here to review a KS campaign. We're here to review a game and chew bubblegum. And I'm all outta bubblegum. ...Wait no, I still have some! ::obnoxious chewing noises::

Bear Simulator is yet another one of those kinds of "Simulator" games that are to actual simulations what mockumentaries are to documentaries. In Bear Simulator you are (duh) a Bear. Although there is a plot, there is little to no narration or introduction as to what your motivation for getting up and out of the den in the morning should be. Most of the gameplay consists of wandering around the environment to find hidden bits of food and/or animals to eat. Eating causes your stats to go up which in turn allows you to access more areas, read more hints, and eat better items. 90% of the game is this, a sort of exploratory collect-a-thon.

There is a story to unfold and other objectives to complete as well, but completing these objectives basically consists of having stats high enough to get into a certain area/being methodical enough to find whatever hidden thing you need. This process is made that much more laborious by the fact that the game world, which is quite large actually, has no map. You'll need to simply memorize where everything is and this ends up resulting in a lot of needless backtracking.

The environments themselves range from reasonably pretty to absolutely hideous. Some areas were made with a bit of care whilst others suffer from terrible texture stretching/shimmering. Still, it is a bit of chill-paced fun to explore areas, eat stuff, and examine some of the funny notes/items and such scattered about the world. That world feels rather barren, however, with really not much to do other than eat things, and all food/animals are finite so once you've eaten them it makes everything feel even more like a ghost town.

There is also "combat" to be had. It is extremely awkward and imprecise and often it's better to run away from that scary frog rather than fight it. There is a charge attack you can unlock but since it is really quite hard to hit enemies it is sometimes better to simply spam your claw swipe and hope you don't get too jacked up. It definitely did not make me feel like a mighty bear. More like an oversized teddy bear.

As you get more powerful/capable, you will be able to venture further out from the starting hub-like zone and discover a lot of strange happenings and mysteries. It's interesting as passive story-telling but doesn't grip you like a bear-hug should.

Become a bear if you...

  • Just REALLY like the concept. There is some interesting stuff in the game and yeah, I thought some of it was actually funny (really corny, but funny).
  • Want to play an adventure game that is really different. This is that at least.
  • Are willing to gamble that the MANY rough patches will be smoothed out by the developer.

Feed the alligators instead if you...

  • Don't want to play a very amateur-looking/feeling game.
  • Aren't willing to cope with bugs.
  • Are averse to memey-corny type humor, and/or hate these "LOLRANDOM Simulator" type games.

The Bottom Line

Although I'm actually getting a little bit of enjoyment out of being a bear, I can't, at this point in time, recommend it to anyone else (particularly at this price point). I've already encountered far too many bugs and the first time you see some of the hokey AI and animation you are going to laugh for sure... For all the wrong reasons. I'm really hoping that the developer continues to work on the game's bear necessities. If he does, this wouldn't actually be a bad quirky little adventure game. Would I come back to update my review in the face of future updates? Does a bear meme in the woods?
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198 of 310 people (64%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
This is a very cute, fun game, that I am really enjoying. It's not rocket science, nor is it the most polished piece on the block, but I think it's worth it for $15. There's a variety of things to do and interact with, the pop culture references are great, and the music and scenery are worthwhile. If you want a bit of silly fun, somewhere between Goat Simulator and something serious, I'd recommend this. 9/10, would bear again

ETA- I understand some people's grief with the kickstarter process surrounding this product, and I don't think all of the criticism is unfounded. However, this game is still worthwhile if a chill exploration and gathering game, with a little bit of crack-ish humour and plot thrown in is what you're looking for.
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151 of 241 people (63%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
In short, this game is a collectathon that is fun and whimsical at times, but overall wanted me yearning for more.

As a bear enthusiast, I really wanted to enjoy this game, but I can't. The charm wears off extremely fast due to poor gameplay mechanics that feel like they should be included. Basic things that feel like they should be included: A map, and some form of skill/stat chart. When certain things require for me to have X stat, it's frustrating having to look around to find things that make me smarter or stronger, uncertain of how many I need to eat.

As for the map, this game feels so directionless, and I easily lose track of where I've been, because the general blandness of the map. I feel constantly lost, and end up going in circles, to occasionally rediscover a landmark or two. Maybe something of a radar, a bear-dar if you will, would help greatly. Just something that says "Food is nearby" or "An item is nearby".

Two other gripes I have are the hitboxes, which feel nonexistant, especially when every creature is fast moving, except frogs. Having a massive bear claw swing, it feels like I should be doing something when I hit a location that isn't the center of being.

My last major complaint is that I'm not sure what is poor level design, and what is 'secrets off the beating path'. I'll often be reminded of Skyrim and Fallout, jumping and holding W as I traverse a mountain, only to find a flat surface, with nothing on it. Yet, I still feel obligated to climb up these mountains, in the event there is something hidden, since there is no real other way to know otherwise. Also, on at least two occasions, I felt like I skipped part of the map, just by climbing on things until I was able to jump over whatever barrier was preventing me. Again, not sure if I was supposed to or not, becuase there is practically no explaniation of this is game design of exploiting Dev's errors.

I want to end on a positive note, though. This game is still salvagable. A few features and fixes could make this game fun. I think that part of what makes this fun is the Steam's stream ability, which allows me to privately have a group of friends watch, and experience the jokes and laugh along with the jokes that are scattered through the game. Honestly, its' the only way I can continue through it at it's current state.

4/10, I am honestly sad that this game turned out the way it did.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 18
I think this game is not fully completed, but still able to play it.
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48.8 hrs
Posted: October 3
Incredibly awesome game! Can't call it a simulator actually, cause it's a full game with the plot and lots of opportunities. It much more funny than any fun-game like gta or forest and makes more sense than The Last of us or Heavy Rain. It's full of sarcasm and mysteries (just like my life :ъ) and has pretty easy and pleseant gameplay tho ;ъ
Well if u wanna buy a brand new skin for ya deagle in cs go for 10 bucks, then ♥♥♥♥ IT! Buy this game and stay glad and happy, bruh! Bear Simulator is noy Cs Go- it will never make you upset, let me tell you...
Anyway, if u have a sense of humour and like mysteries solved by charming Sherlock Holmes'o'Arni Forest (btw Farjay, how about adding Sherlock Holmes' cap and smoking pipe to the game?) then this game for ya, buddy! Grab it! 10 bucks, c'mon! Better than ur B1 or any ♥♥♥♥♥♥ CoD in any case!
So dat's it guys. Dat's it. 999 Kuplinovshrooms outta 10 ;Ъ
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[DFS] Dongbear (spook)
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
you are bear in this game i like bears they are cute bear is cute cute is bear why did i make this
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 17
I love this game! Being a bear is awesome to me because my favorite animal is a bear. The only problem is it is basicly impossible to kill a Tan Rabbit. I hope the game developers fix that because if it runs by you you cant kill it. The only time I killed one was when it glitched into a corner.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
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An Avali named John
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Pretty entertaining. Enjoyable overall, give it a try.
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Dolan Tramp
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
This game is awesome. For it being the first game ever made by the devs, I wanna say kuddos to you friend for bringing a fun game to the steam community. Sure it may have some flaws but honestly its really fun and really cute. I love the prospect of being able to play as a ♥♥♥♥ing bear. Keep making games man you have the potential to do really well. I know I don't have a whole lot of time on the game yet, but from what I've played, I honestly don't get the negativity. It's a really awesome game that I suggest to anyone who wants a fun little exploring game with a bunch of cute little niches such as catching/eating wildlife and evolving your bear skills haha!

TL;DR This game has more content than No Man's Sky on Launch and its really cute in that you play as an adorable bear :)
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12.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
This is a pretty fun game for those whom enjoy exploring vast open landscapes and worlds, solving puzzles in order to find secrets, collectathons, and silly humour.
However, there have been numerous occasions where my bear character became stuck in between assests, mainly when climbing over rocks, which was very frustrating, especially when trying to find secrets; the only way to solve this problem is to save and then either return to your den, or return to the main menu, and continue from there.

It's a shame that the creator decided to abandon maintaining and updating the game, because I found the world, characters, and plot (even though slightly vague) very charming, so I would've loved to see what else they had planned for us.

Overall, despite a few bugs, I would recommend this to both those whom are looking for a casual game to play and to those whom lay awake at night wondering what it's like to be a bear.

(I'd suggest buying it when it goes on sale, but I do that with most games anyway tbh)
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