Bearboy and the Cursor
When they're not menacing Stephen Colbert, bears, if pop culture has never lead us astray, can usually be counted on to be found looking for honey. When Bearboy finds the biggest honeycomb of them all and promptly loses it to the Wasp King, he thinks all is lost until a hero arises; you. Well, not you. I mean, let's be honest... those pants? That shirt? Not exactly heroic. But your cursor is another story! Bearboy and the Cursor by HeadFizz is a puzzle platformer about friendship in the face of enormous adversity. Or, rather, what two people who don't really know one another can accomplish when they don't have anything else to do and are too lazy to make other plans. Awwww.
Bearboy is controlled with the [arrow] or [WASD] keys, and the cursor is controlled with... please tell me I don't have to tell you that. Your job is to guide Bearboy safely to the portal at the end of each level, grabbing all the bits of honey along the way to improve your score. While Bearboy's standard run-jump controls are what you expect, you'll have to learn to use your cursor to complement his movements and help him get past obstacles. Certain blocks, for example, only become solid when you mouse over them, while others need to be clicked to be removed. Bearboy isn't the sturdiest critter in the woods, and a single hit is enough to send him back to the start of the level, or the star checkpoint if you activated it.
Bearboy and the Cursor is a beautiful, cheeky little game that will put a smile on your face when it isn't making you think you need to take your keyboard and your mouse to couple's counseling. The control combination can take some getting used to if you don't have a lot of practice performing two tasks at once, and for some people, this will be a deal breaker. If you can get past the difficulty, however, and unite the warring passions of Left Hand and Right Hand, you'll find a beautifully made little game that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever laboured under the yoke of oppression from a wasp. Or had to hide in the bathroom shrieking, "Is it gone yet?!" while their husband chased it around the living room with a mason jar and a piece of paper. You know how wasps do.
I liked the concept and what little level design I saw, but the game was unfortunately too glitchy to play. For the record, I'm using Firefox 4 on the latest version of Mac OSX. The intro video was lagging strangely, and upon falling off the edge of the world, nothing happened. I didn't respawn, and couldn't click on level select, achievement, or whatever the other button was. If these bugs could be fixed, the game seems an enjoyable one, though.
Wait, you're telling me that Nerds pajama pants and a Tigger hoodie aren't heroic?
I simply cannot play this...
Too complicated for my little mind...
Nice idea though!
The first level didn't even load...
This one's trickier than it seems...
Really loved the concept of this one, they've managed to poke fun at a lot of traditional game mechanics without it becoming tiresome, and some of Bear Boy's comments in later stages are hilarious.
I completed it a while back, but was never able to find any of the hidden items. Any advice from the experts out there?
It's adorable, but the game keeps losing my save file. Very frustrating.
The hidden items are hidden in the normal still blocks; the ones that don't do anything. There'll be a silhouette of the item in the block.
The top hat is in the Cool Zone, and the Balls are in the Hot Zone.
I really like the game, but it has not been saving my game and I really don't want to keep starting over. :|
"you'll have to learn to use your cursor to compliment his movements"
But my cursor can't say "great job, buddy!" :P
[Hahaha, good one, thanks grammar nazi. Fixed. -Jay]