Bipo: The Mystery of the Red Panda
Simple, engrossing, engaging, fun, and funny ! Loved it !
I found Bipo: The Mystery of the Red Panda to be a very enjoyable, engaging and entertaining game. It reminded me of the old games going back to the King's Quest and earlier (much earlier) games. It isn't terribly long - I completed it in an evening with a few breaks to do other things, but I definitely got my money's worth.
The game sends you wandering about, exploring places and performing small quests; first, to earn money (called oolongs) and then to discover the secret behind a mysterious necklace that you come by in a very scary encounter. There are a number of puzzles, all different from one another and fun to figure out. All were logical and none were very difficult.
There are only a few places to visit at the beginning; but, as you talk with the local denizens, they tell you about other places and those are added to your map so that you can visit them, too. The characters you encounter in the game are a hoot! I especially loved the tailor and the newspaper editor.
I found that using the mouse was very awkward and switched entirely to the keyboard. After a couple of scenes to get used to it, the keyboard movement was fast and accurate. I really recommend that anyone playing the game switch to the keyboard if they can.
As always, YMMV, but I highly recommend that anyone looking for something a little different give Bipo a try. He just might surprise you.
September 28, 2014
Cute and humorous puzzle adventure
If you like games of a whimsical nature that involve talking animals where you're not sure what to expect, you may want to give this one a try. Despite being made in RPG Maker, this is no RPG but rather a puzzle adventure game. The story begins with Bipo the red panda who needs to earn some money, then he gets himself into something bigger. I found myself giggling infectiously after 20 minutes of gameplay and just knew I had to buy it. While it's a fairly linear game, you definitely have to use your head and there's no in-game cheating! It reminded me of old shareware games that had serious love put into them. The voiceovers range from wonderful to grating, but you'll find yourself getting a chuckle out of Bipo's voice. (And my favorite one was the badger at the newspaper office.) My only complaint is that you can't click through dialog, and there were a few headscratchers that primarily casual gamers who aren't used to clicking on everything humanly possible may find off-putting; same with the fact that you pretty much can't skip minigames (but I really like these minigames!) But overall, if you enjoy indie games and want something different, I highly recommend The Mystery of the Red Panda.
February 17, 2012
Give it a Chance, You May be Happily Suprised
The best way to describe this game is a mix between Avenue Flo (also Avenue Flo Special Delivery) and RPG games like Aveyond. Since I am a fan of both, I really enjoyed this game. Cute, laugh out loud, kept me entertained for a weekend. When I was finished, I wanted more. Not the best game of all time, but a great filler while waiting for the next Aveyond, Ella's Hope, Sylia.....you get my meaning.
November 11, 2013