Did you have a special teddy bear as a child? One that always kept you company and made you feel safe. Well, it’s quite the thing then when cute cuddly bears start plotting the downfall of humanity. And start murdering each other.
Created by WarDucks, Sneaky Bears released for PSVR back in August this year and now it’s releasing for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift today. The game is available on Steam now for $14.99, though there’s a 35% launch discount, putting it at $9.74 until October 24. I got to give the game a try using a Vive.
Check out the trailer below:
Sneaky Bears is set in an abandoned toy factory that’s been taken over by cranky Frank and his fluffy minions. The game is a stationary wave shooter – which might instantly turn some off of it. But to those people I say, you don’t know how much fun you’re missing. Because not only is the voice acting some of the funniest I’ve experienced in VR, the gameplay is very entertaining too. For some reason, I was trapped in this factory along with Buddy, a panda who sounds like a 20-year-old pothead, and his panda buddies, who are all being threatened and killed by Frank and his brown bear friends.
I have absolutely no idea why some of the bears are killing each other – since Frank’s master plan seems to revolve around keeping grubby, sweaty hands off of poor mishandled teddy bears. But it did lead to some funny lines like “Frank, you’re the grass and we’re the lawnmower” and an ode to president Trump with “Let’s make this factory great again”.
Some Wholesome Snuggly Fun
Even though Sneaky Bears might sound a bit violent, it’s actually perfectly acceptable for kids too. Even the guns I used kept with the toy theme, including water guns and peashooters. The gameplay is also very simple. You just stand there, grab your guns from your belt and start shooting at the oncoming waves of snuggly bears who are coming to claw at you. The shooting, however, did feel a little uncomfortable at times. This is because the game made me hold in the trackpad in order to keep holding the guns, while shooting with the trigger button. The problem is – keeping my hands in that position was rather uncomfortable and I kept dropping the guns when I didn’t mean to.
Luckily this wasn’t a huge issue since the reloading system simply let me throw the guns to the ground (much like what Reaper from Overwatch does) and grab new ones from my belt. I could also throw the guns at the bears to stun them, though with the fast pace of the waves, I never really took the time to do that.
It’s A Bit Short, But Packs A Punch
There are three game modes in Sneaky Bears, each with five levels, and a final boss level after you’ve finished all three modes. You’ve got the classic survival mode, which has you wielding a shotgun and peashooter and trying to rack up as many points as possible while keeping the teddies at bay. Then there are also the fire and bomb modes which have you put out fires with a water gun, and stop bombs from falling on trapped panda bears with an ice gun. While still contending with the lunatic bears of course.
Besides the obvious reasons, there is some strategy involved in terms of what gun you use when. Like when the bigger ones with football helmets and planks for shields start charging, you might want to consider using the shotgun for some more punch. Or using the peashooter to get the far-off teddies who are throwing soda bottles at you.
The developers also added a new difficulty level with the PC VR release, meaning you can now choose between cuddly and crazy difficulty levels. However, I tried both and couldn’t really feel that much of the difference. Plus, besides the replay value it offers, it didn’t feel that needed since the difficulty curve increased at a good pace with each level.
So overall, Sneaky Bears felt great to play, if a little short, with about an hour of gameplay straight through. But it does offer some replay value in the form of local and global leaderboards as well as two difficulty levels. If you’re looking for a game with an awesome narrative and some entertaining gameplay mechanics – or you just want to sadistically kill some teddy bears – then go rip those Sneaky Bears some new cotton-filled holes.