Review: Outbuddies (Steam)

Run, gun and explore an open undercity in this otherworldly non-linear Metroidvania adventure about the Old Gods, strange creatures and the remnants of a lost world!

Pros:

  • Classic 8 Bit graphics.
  • 207mb download size.
  • Graphics-dynamic/fixed/min-max, v-sync, 8 bit colour palette.
  • Steam achievements along with its own in-game achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Rebind both controlled and mouse/keyboard.
  • Metroidvania gameplay.
  • Four save slots.
  • The map fills in as you play.
  • Buddy system-take control of your buddy to scan areas, move around freely and move objects with telekinesis.
  • Co-op support-player 2 controls the buddy.
  • Tutorial pop-ups/animated screens as you play.
  • Solid platforming.
  • Play how you want.
  • Find objects to unlock new abilities.
  • Beautiful synth styled soundtrack.
  • Interesting characters/enemies.
  • Savepoints.
  • Constant checkpoints at the beginning of each new screen.
  • Open world.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Memorable experience.
  • Speed run encouraged.

Cons:

  • Tutorials are not always clear.
  • No guidance can hinder progress.
  • Confusing menu in that you can accidentally back out to the main menu.
  • Difficult.
  • Using your buddy can be tricky especially with the telekinesis.
  • Minimal graphics options.
  • Slow burner.
  • Little replayability.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Outbuddies is a game that is full of nostalgia, from the graphics to the way the game plays out. It’s a game full of mystery and you play it how you want in a lot of ways. Progress can be slow but when you get a new ability it opens up the game even more. The Metroid references are clear, the menu structure is kind of chaotic but the Co-op play makes the game a lot more fun especially with the many puzzle elements and enemies. Outbuddies surprised me with how it all came together and just sucks you into the world.

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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