|Does Meme Run have attack helicopters that drop cows? I think not!|
Once again, this is not Meme Run. It's not a randomly generated run-til-you-die game; it's a platformer with actual thoughtfully designed levels. In fact, there are six worlds (with a bonus seventh world of unlockable levels) and each world has about twelve levels each, some of which are hidden behind secret exits or unlocked with in-game coins. Each level also has three hidden red coins which give a bonus salmon (needed for unlocking the World 7 levels) and ends with a belly flop onto a target (high scores here unlock Miiverse stamps). Suffice to say, there's a surprising amount of content here, especially if you're going for 100% completion. I went for 100% (and didn't quite get it) and it took me over five hours just to finish World 6.
[Note: The black border on this video was my own fault, not the game's.]
|In this puzzle level, activated platforms move in a set direction before disappearing and returning to their starting positions.|
|Bear vs. Sand Worm!|
ROUND ONE - FIGHT!
But let's get back to the positives. Even though the visuals are laughably cheap, Epic Dumpster Bear surprisingly has an original soundtrack that's actually pretty good! Also, it doesn't take itself seriously (obviously) and has some humor in the form of overly dramatic cutscenes, silly sound effects, and a few other things I won't spoil. Yet it's not a constant barrage of memes and bear puns like you might expect; just an occasional extra silliness so that you'll still be surprised by it when it happens.
The Final Word:
Epic Dumpster Bear is a bit rough around the edges, mostly visually, but it's a surprisingly enjoyable platformer with a good amount of content and difficulty. It doesn't bring a whole lot that's new to the table, so I fear that it'll get lost in the flood of other indie platformers, but at least I can say that it's more than just a rip-off joke game. It's not fantastic by any means, but it's far better than you'd expect.
Want more games that are overlooked because of their graphics? Check out Voidspire Tactics!