Buddy & Me Review
- Gorgeous landscapes.
- Swapping between running and flying can be fun.
- Singing bunnies.
- Too slow.
- Framerate issues.
- Needs more landscapes.
Though it's initially fun to take control of what looks like a Don Bluth animation, Buddy & Me lacks the depth of gameplay required to keep you invested.
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Some people make the case that if a game world is inviting and spectacular enough, other deficiencies can be overlooked. Now, that's not to say that the gameplay of Buddy & Me is all bad, but it's probably fair to say the its visuals are its strongest feature.
You play as a young boy whose dreams take place a magical realm full of lush forests, serene lakes, and picturesque backdrops of mountains and clouds. The world has a ethereal quality, and some of the vistas as the forest gives way to what lies behind it are absolutely stunning. Accompanying him on his journey is his titular buddy, a big furry dragon-like creature who puts us in mind of Falcor from the Neverending Story.
The boy has a double jump ability with a lifeline. Tapping after his second vault will allow him to use his jacket as glider. As your pace gradually quickens, mastering the interplay between jump and glide is important. Falling will trigger one of the singing bunnies that are following Buddy to save you. Collecting stars up your score and fill Buddy's meter. Once that meter fills you gain the ability to ride Buddy through the air, guiding the flying beastie with your finger.
It's a pretty relaxing experience - a little too relaxing, if we're honest. The pace doesn't ramp up quickly enough to get the blood pumping, leaving you trundling along performing the same old jumps for minutes at a time. And, though the art is pretty, the frame rate is surprisngly choppy, making your run appear even slower.
Beyond the cute visuals, there's nothing to distinguish Buddy & Me from the cavalcade of endless runners on the App Store. That said, the singing bunnies and animated visuals will obviously appeal to younger audiences, who may find more to enjoy here than world-wearied endless-runner fans.
DescriptionExplore the award-winning world of a young boy's dreams, running alongside his best friend, a magical creature named Buddy. Jump, bounce, swing, glide, and fly together on an endless adventure about friendship, through an enchanted forest of treehouse-inspired obstacles, curious critters, and natural wonders.
A one-of-a-kind re-imagining of the endless runner, Buddy & Me features unique "companionship" gameplay, beautifully painted 2D environments, cel-shaded characters, and accessible fun for all ages and skills.
- Never run alone again! Enjoy the constant companionship and help of Buddy.
- Adorable characters and creatures reminiscent of classic animated films.
- Never play the same game twice! Freshly assembled obstacles every time.
- Hi-resolution, gorgeous painted environments inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
- Adapts to your skill level, appropriate for all ages and experience.
- Share scores and challenge friends with GameCenter Leaderboards.
"The only way this game could get more adorable is if it actually hugged you." -- Joystiq
"From the characters to the animation, and finally back to the music. This game has talent to spare." -- Family Friendly Gaming
"...a beautiful world and a reason to feel what it is like to be a child once again." -- 148 Apps
"It is a kind of game that people of any age can easily pick up and try, but also will be amazed soon by the depth and challenge it offers." -- AppsGoer
Winner, "People's Choice" Award, 2013 iFest Seattle
What's New in Version 1.1.0New!!! GameCenter Leaderboards, High Score indicators in Records
New!!! Widescreen Menus for iPhones
Fixed! Smooth framerate on iPad 3, 4