Developed and published by Mens Sana Interactive. How Buddy’s Parents Met is a jigsaw puzzle game told in the form of 6 illustrated pictures. A cute little story about how a cat and how his owners fall in love. Let’s get our puzzle brains on shall we and see how the story unfolds in this How Buddy’s Parents Met Switch Review.
How Buddy’s Parents Met – It’s a Cats Life
Call it old age but recently I have been falling in love with doing jigsaws. Whether they are the normal cardboard ones, or 3D ones, or jigsaws turned into a video game. I love a good relaxing game and once I saw How Buddy’s Parents Met then I just knew I had to have it. As usual, if you enjoyed this review then why not check out my latest one here. You can also check out what the rest of the Thumb Culture team are up to on social media.
Well, this is going to be fun because how do you explain the gameplay of a jigsaw video game. The premise of the game is really simple. Solve a set number of jigsaw pieces and then move on to the next picture. There are 6 puzzles to solve in all with each puzzle revealing a moment in How Buddy’s Parents Met. The game could just be simple and use one button just to drag and move a piece and put it into place. But that’s not the case. The fun and helpful part is that you can make the game just a little easier and trust me when you are doing a jigsaw that involves over 700 pieces then you’re thankful for the help.
You can press a button that will highlight the corner pieces which I’m sure is what everyone does first. Then there is the option to highlight the finished picture. It does help if you get stuck on a certain part of the picture where the color is the same. All in all the game is a lovely and heartwarming puzzle game to pass on for a couple of hours.
Graphics and Audio
There isn’t really much to say when it comes to both these options but the audio does lack just a little. From what I can tell it’s just a couple of melodies that repeat over and over again. Give it half hour and you’ll be putting it on silent. The graphics on the other hand are great. Or should I say the artwork? with beautiful illustrations created especially for the game by artist Katia Numakura. They are great and really add to the charm of How Buddy’s Parents Met.
The longevity of How Buddy’s Parents Met is really down to how good the player is at solving jigsaws. While the game is extremely short in the sense that it only has six jigsaws. You can choose how many pieces you wish to do to complete a jigsaw. It goes from the smallest which is 135 pieces. All the way up to 735 pieces. So basically you have a game that can be done in one hour. To being done in one week. Like I said it really is up to the player and how confident they are.
My final thoughts are that How Buddy’s Parents Met is a cute little artsy indie game. I for one really enjoyed it and still go back to it to do a picture on a harder difficulty. The artwork is great and you can tell some thought really went into the handmade illustrations. The audio wasn’t great but what can you expect from such a small game. While it took me a few hours to finish all six jigsaws on the easiest level I was a little sad that it ended. I didn’t want it to end. Who knows maybe somewhere down the line the developers will add some DLC for it. If they do I will certainly be buying it because it really is a game that relaxes you. Also, it puts a smile on your face. Plus it’s a story about a cat. You can’t go wrong with cats.
So due to the lack of content, I am going to give How Buddy’s Parents Met the Thumb Culture Silver Award.
Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.