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Naughty Bear – first look

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We all know teddy bears got their name from America's 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt. But the cute and cuddly nature of these stuffed bears is counter to what history tells us of probably our toughest leader to date, one who fought in wars and killed a fair number of men and bears alike. So presidential history buffs and gamers alike should be interested in Naughty Bear, a game that embraces the violent nature of their namesake.


Above: Naughty honing his social skills

As the developers took us through our first look at the teddy bear village, it was pretty charming, as happy bears of every color in the rainbow were a good time in an outdoorsy setting. But something that brings together this town of bears is the fact that they all hate outsider Naughty Bear and want to destroy him. So Naughty, who lives in the nearby woods, must defend himself by horribly murdering those out to get him.

As we watched Naughty skulk through the woods looking for his first casualty of the demo, one bear was going about his day fixing a fuse box that Naughty disabled. Naughty then snuck up behind the unknowing, cuddly guy and smashed his face into the power grid, frying his features and killing the first of many. And the fuse box is just one of many toys like it, as the whole town is like a playground, filled with different items for Naughty to use for his twisted needs. It’s a bit like Assassin’s Creed, what with the careful planning of mayhem, only your enemies leak stuffing instead of blood.


Above: He helps his furry friends enjoy the fire

Just how violent this demo got really surprised us, despite us thinking we were ready knowing the subject beforehand. Naughty stabs, bludgeons, curb stomps, and otherwise massacres whatever bears he can separate from the flock. One of the most shocking bits was when he stuck a gun in a kneeling bear’s mouth and blew his brains out. But the cruel nature of the violence was greatly outweighed by hilarity of the situation, as we couldn’t help but laugh.

But Naughty’s goal isn’t just murder. He wants to drive his enemies crazy as well, as he spreads chaos throughout the town to ruin everyone’s day. Scaring them is nearly as important as killing them and in an extreme case, one lead to the other. After Naughty freaked out a police bear to the breaking point, the cop pulled out his baton and beat himself to death with it. Yes, you can drive someone to suicide in this game, which is pretty awesome.


Above: Death looms over the unsuspecting victim, tee hee

We’re not sure if these amusing and witty snippets of action will add up to a great game, but it’s a nice place to start. We were just happy to see that this title seems to have more to it then the slightly old idea of cute things being violent, unlike other games (*cough*Fairytale*cough*Fights*cough*). With just a few months till a possible summer release, here’s hoping it all comes together.

Mar 11, 2010

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12 comments

  • Baron164 - May 26, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    I'm very hopeful that this game will end up being as great as it sounds.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 22, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    Can't wait. Looks awesome >:3
  • TheBoz - March 15, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    Anyone that thinks cute and violence doesn't work, play Creatures 1 or 2 on the Commodore C64. The latter concentrated on the torture chambers, very gory, quite sick and very cute, BUT more importantly, were brilliant games and still are. The Amiga version sucked so don't even think about that. Down load an emulator and download those 2 games.
  • Cyberninja - March 13, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    @Creeplytuna i hope it shares the sames fate 20 dollars new we in a ression and i also hope the game is good.
  • TheWebSwinger - March 12, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    Is it wrong that I want this? I'm such a sucker for any game with stealth kills.
  • CreeplyTuna - March 12, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    ha i saw fairy tales fights at gamestop for 20 bucks yesterday...new! i hope this doesnt share the same fate recaptcha: sonars President - i hope the government is using the stimulus package to look into this, cuz it could be bad
  • onewingedantista - March 12, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    It's basically Manhunt with teddy bears.
  • vogler1604 - March 12, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    I actually kind of want this game.
  • k1w1bug - March 12, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    It is a full game, but I'm not so sure about it, something just kind of creeps me out seeing such cuteness and violence combined. Does this make me a bit hypocritical seeing as I don't find human based violence so offensive?
  • TRAVthe3RD - March 12, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    is this dlc or a full game???
  • Kenzo - March 12, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    will pedobear be making a cameo? it looks like a fail to me, the whole "cutesy violence" thing hasn't been succesful yet, devs are so busy screaming "LOOKATTHESEADORABLEANIMALSRIP EACHOTHERTOSHREDS!!!1!!1!!11" that they forget that they're getting paid to produce gameplay that doesn't suck and actually draws gamers in, instead of repulsing them. if they can focus on gameplay rather than just making it cute then there's no reason it shouldn't succeed, but they don't usually pull it off.
  • RedBandit - March 12, 2010 3:15 a.m.

    That, looks awesome. *thumbs up*

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