Button City Review (Xbox Series S)

Our Button City Review shows off this colorful low poly narrative adventure game about a fox and his friends banding together to save their local arcade! Explore a diorama world, play exciting arcade games, complete quirky quests, and meet cute animal friends.

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Button City Review:

  • Bright vibrant graphics.
  • 729. 8MB download size.
  • Adventure gameplay.
  • 3 save slots.
  • 3rd person perspective.
  • Full camera control.
  • Zoomie – allows you to go into a layered view whereby you jump between discovered locations.
  • Trash – pick-ups and considered a collectible of sorts.
  • Tutorial-style pop-ups.
  • Can change the font and color of the text.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis, sensitivity sliders, and auto camera rotation.
  • Save when you want.
  • Gorgeous locations to discover, especially the arcade as it has low poly versions of all the classic games and machines.
  • Buttons is the currency used.
  • Earn buttons from actions, quests, and interactions with items.
  • Multiple choice interactions.
  • Gobabot is a character you buy and use, they will have unique abilities and attacks.
  • Gobabot battle – a mini-game where you go 4v4 in a game where you collect berries and put them in a blender to score.
  • A lot of fun to play.relaxed atmosphere.
  • In a Gobabot match, you can hit trees to collect berries, eliminate opponents and they have to respawn and drop any collected berries.
  • Special attack charges as you play in a Gobabot match and you can pick up health and speed buffs on the map.
  • Gobabot arenas will change which bridges open up and close as you play.
  • Can see yours and the enemy’s health bars.
  • The game revolves around your team (Fluff Squad) winning the Gobabot tournament and winning the golden Gobabot. Your rivals the Tuff Fluffs are all that stand in your way.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Respawn times depend on how well you do on the QTE it gives you or your teammates can shoot you out of the respawn bubble to respawn instantly.
  • 12 Gobabots to collect and each has unique stats, attacks, and abilities.
  • Pal points – kind of like a premium currency that you earn, use it to buy rewards from the arcade shop.
  • rEVolution racer is another arcade machine you can play. It’s a drifting/racing game and you can buy cosmetics, status effects, and four game modes to unlock – beyond lightspeed, rainy night, fruit boost, and extra rivals.
  • Unlock modifiers in the racer game by buying them in the arcades or certain items from elsewhere. (it’s all unknown to you)
  • Prisma Beats is a rhythm dance game like DDR. Press the buttons or directions in time with the music to score.
  • Quests – you have the main story ones and optional side quests.
  • Play how you want vibe.
  • Play the arcade games as much as you want.
  • Well written and well-paced story.
  • It’s hard to put down.
  • A colorful cast of characters.
  • It’s very hard to put down.

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Button City Review Cons:

  • The camera doesn’t move around smoothly and is kinda judder, especially when entering a conversation.
  • You have to be so precise with the interactions otherwise it won’t count.
  • No voice work just text.
  • Slow starter.
  • Can’t skip cutscenes.
  • You can’t play all the arcade games shown.
  • Arcade games are very difficult.
  • No way to set conversation to auto-play.
  • The first proper match is a high step up in difficulty.

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Button City:

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Developer: Subliminal

Publisher: Subliminal

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Every now and then a game will come along that hits you right in the feels, you never feel it coming and it’s not until it’s over you realize just how much it hit you. For me that is exactly what Button City did, the story is that of a kid starting a new life in a new city, you live playing video games but you have no friends. Well, that’s until you build up the courage to enter the local arcade, here you befriend a group of colorful charming complex characters that all play this one game Gobabot. Gobabot is like a Pokemon game in the way you collect them all and fight with them as a team in the Gobabot tournament. What entails in between matches is a story of friendship, heartache, depression, and loss. Sounds like a proper downer but it’s not as it’s sending a message without preaching, it’s attacking it all with a flair for making it impactful yet not so much so it bums you out. In fact sometimes just like in life, you don’t realize what happened until it’s over or you replay the scene back in your head. To keep you upbeat, however, the Button City (also the name of the arcade) has other arcade machines from racing to a Dance Dance Revolution clone for you to play, buy upgrades and cosmetics, and generally get lost in. Button City is a game that will affect people in different ways but the story will always be the same. I personally fell in love with it and more importantly the characters, the Gobabot stuff is good but it didn’t draw me in the story did. In closing, Button City is a Breakout feel-good hit that gamers from all walks need to experience.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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