Where Are My Friends? was released October 2017 on Steam by developer Beard Game Studio, we had the chance to give it a go on the Nintendo Switch ahead of its release later this month and due to the naming connection decided to give it a try.
The game loads up and we get the first glimpse of the main character Wheye. Wheye can only be described as a robotic looking eye-ball creature that moves around on a single wheel – imagine a red Chupa Chump on a unicycle and you won’t be far off.
Wheye is visiting the planet where his friends studied local species but strangely they have all have gone missing. In a twist, the planet is about to blow up and only he can save the day. To save his friends he will need to face all of the trials on his own. The game is split across four levels, of which each is based on a different genre. Combining runner, metro-dating, point and click with puzzle-platformer in this all in one package.
The graphics and animation are clean and simple with a geometrical quality. The soundtrack is fitting with the game but can become a little annoying at times, this can easily be solved with the volume button though. Where Are My Friends? seems like a very experimental project that is willing to try its hand at a bit of everything which, for me at least, just didn’t work. I enjoyed the exploration side of the world but found it difficult to know what I was supposed to be doing next, very much trial and error on that front. The puzzles a relatively simple once you know what you are doing but the controls on the Switch didn’t do this any favours.
Where Are My Friends? is also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for those that insist on playing a game to obtain achievements or trophies. I was ultimately disappointed with my time spent playing this game but it has a reasonable price point if you have money to burn in your account.
Beard Score: 3/10