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 a world of dreams with Buddy, in this award-winning endless adventure about friendship!
Every night, a young child returns to the same dream to play with his magical best friend and floppy-eared companion, Buddy. With Buddy’s help, together they glide, jump, swing, bounce, and fly through a never-ending enchanted forest of treehouse-inspired obstacles, curious creatures, and natural wonders.
Discover the wonderful world of Buddy & Me, filled with adorable characters, beautifully painted landscapes, and a catchy soundtrack. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view… or challenge yourself to see how far you can dream before waking!
• Never run alone again! Enjoy the constant companionship and aid of Buddy.
• Incredible characters and backgrounds reminiscent of classic animated films.
• Never play the same game twice! Freshly arranged obstacles every dream.
• Collect star seeds to fly with Buddy, and swarms of angel bunnies for more time!
• Automatically adapts to your play, appropriate for all ages/skills.
• Share Leaderboard scores and Achievements with friends.
"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
Winner, "People's Choice Award”, 2013 iFest Seattle