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Astro Bears Party (Switch eShop)

Posted by SheldonRandoms on September 30, 2017 at 8:55 PM

Eshop Guru SheldonRandoms here, and today, I'm going to have an intergalactic party with bears in Astro Bears Party. As the title suggests, it's a party game that involves bears and space, although it's not a party with board games and such. I'm gonna go attend this party, to see if it's a party I'd have with a jar of honey, or a party I bearly want to remember in the morning? Let's take a rocket to this party!

In space, these planets that look like futuristic disco balls were once inhabited, that is, until four bears in space suits decided to party on them. Their form of “revving up a party” involves running around said futuristic disco ball, but when they run around, they'll leave behind a trail of magical beary ribbons, which, if made contact with, will halt their party in an instant. If you've played the light cycle game from Tron, or any other version of that, you'll have a good understanding on how this game plays. There's no given explanation to why the bears are partying in this fashion, but with any party, does it really need time to waste for an explanation when that given time could be used for partying? The bears have an invitation, they gave it to you, no questions, just party!

There's a total of four bears who will be your party animal in space, they all control similar, but have different stats that differ from each other. Neil (Ursus Arctos Horribilis) is the all around bear, Igor (Ursus Maritimus) lacks speed and turning, but makes up for it with jet fuel that can make him hover for the longest at the cost of refuel speed, Xiaoli (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca) is the quickest of the bunch, but can be difficult to control at last second situations, and lastly Bishnu (Helarctos Malayanus), who uses up his hover time the quickest, but gains his fuel the quickest.

The first option on the main menu is for the party mode, where you and up to three other bears can all party on the same planet at a time, which at first may seem like you're creating the next Saturn with the magical beary ribbons, but in reality, are trying to make the other party bears collide with your (or any, including your own) magical beary ribbon. To try and thwart the other bears besides running, using the dash to cut them off would be unbearable if they ran into your ribbon trail, or you could also jump, leading the trail with you, but for further jumping, hovering with the jetpack will keep you airborne for a short period of time.

If you're partying by yourself, there's also the single player mode, which plays just like party mode, except the goal is adjusted for solo play. You go around the planet to locate some jetfish, which will add to your score, collecting another one in a given time will increase your score further, as well as golden jetfish which appear from time to time. As you collect a certain amount of jetfish, the stage will increase, getting more difficult as you progress, and it'll keep going until your party ends. The top three scores are saved on the highscores, showing the score and bear that was used during that run.

The competitive party action, while it can be enjoyable with friends or good while solo for a quick burst, that's pretty much all there is to this party. With party mode, the only thing you can edit is the amount of points needed to win, as well as size of the planet. Some more party games would've added a bit more meat to the party to keep it from getting repetitive, even having collect the jetfish in party mode would've added some variety to party mode. Visually the game looks good with the bears and surroundings, although after awhile, it'll start to look the same with the same planet and space background, and the same could be said about the music, which fits the space bears antics on the planet, but after awhile, wished I could hear a different tune for this space bear party. For the price at least, it'll still offer a party that you can take anywhere when you need it, and will have its moments especially with friends thanks to the switch's joy-cons being what they are, as well as hd rumble being included.

All and all, Astro Bears Party is a party in space with bears that I would attend whenever one was happening. While they don't have much to do at said party on the futuristic disco ball, the party itself is still worth it enough if you enjoy what you see at this party.

I give Astro Bears Party 7 futuristic disco balls out of 10!


Cost on the eShop: $4.99

Memory used: 256MB

Review code provided by: QubicGames

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