The Power of “NO!”
Ever feel like you HAVE to do something? Like conventions just won’t allow you to not do it? Like you can’t say no? Maybe you should ignore that feeling and just say it. “Hey, will you go get me a coffee?” “NO!” “You wanna see a picture of my grandkids?” “NO!” “Would you like a taco?” “Well… yes, actually.” Okay, bad example on that last one, but you get the idea.
In Say No! More, you play the role of an intern starting a new job. You can customise your character’s hair, facial hair, accessories, shirt, pants, shoes, and voice and language of your “no.” You also have several presets to choose from that you can customise to your liking. Your roommate is, once again, unable to pay rent and is, ONCE AGAIN, asking you to cover them. But, at least they packed you a nice lunch for your first day at your new job. Your new boss gives an inspirational speech to you and your two fellow interns about how success is as easy as saying “yes” to everything. He soon asks you to give him your lunch, but then laughs it off saying he wouldn’t actually make you surrender your wonderfully prepared lunch to him. You make your way to your new work area and are bombarded by co-workers requesting you to do menial tasks (get me a coffee, fix the copier, etc). You finally arrive at your desk only to discover that you are crammed behind the vending machines.
Your boss returns to confess that he has forgotten his lunch and actually will be taking yours. He steals your lunch, leaving you defeated and slamming your head onto your desk. Suddenly, a tape falls from the pipes in the ceiling of your cramped little work area. The tape only has one word written on it… “NO.” You listen to the tape and are greeted by your typical motivational speaker type who teaches you the power of no. This is where you are taught the core mechanic of the game.
Saying “NO” with STYLE
Say No! More is a simple game. There is but one button and it has one function: saying “NO!” Your character automatically moves on-rail, similar to an arcade on-rail shooter. Throughout the game, you learn 4 ways to say no; heated, lazy, cold, and wacky (my personal favourite). You also learn different taunts. Maybe you laugh at your unsuspecting no victim, confusing them before blasting them with a loud “NO!” Or you could give them the ol’ sarcastic golf clap and finally deliver a cold and calculated “…no.” I, myself, always enjoy nodding in agreement and luring them into a false sense of security before assaulting them with a boisterous flourish of “NNNNOOOOO!” You also gain the ability to charge up and hit them hard with a “NO!” and send them flying through doors, cubicles, walls, pillars, and even other co-workers.
While most of the time, you are prompted to say “no,” saying it when not prompted can sometimes result in a hilarious outcome. Other times, it may benefit you and your co-workers (at least the nice ones) to not say “no” and just listen. This is what lends to the variety of the game, in my opinion.
If you’re looking for a fun game that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, Say No! More is definitely a good choice. I won’t spoil anything, but underneath its silly, arcade-style exterior is actually a pretty well thought out narrative. While $14.99/£13.49 may seem like a bit of a high price tag for such a simple and short game, at the time of this writing it is on sale for $9.99/£8.99. Personally, I think I got $15/£13.49 of laughter and enjoyment out of it.
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Platform: PC, Nintendo
Release Date: 09/04/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Simulation
Developer: tudio Fizbin, Lux Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop