Happy Game Review – Childhood Terror’s With A Splash of Puzzles

Developed By: Amanita Designs

Published By: Amanita Designs

Genres: Puzzle/Horror

Thank you so much to Amanita Designs for providing a review code.

The horror genre has blended itself with many other genres across many different subject matters. Many games use jump scares to scare you while others do it all on their own with their intense and foreboding atmospheres. I was never really scared during my time with Happy Game, but what I did feel was a great feeling of discomfort. Happy Game thrives off the discomforting feeling of its setting and gameplay, but is that enough to warrant it being a must-play title of 2021?

Game Summary

  • Happy Game is a 2D point & click adventure game combined with elements of horror and puzzle based gameplay.
  • You take on the role of a small child getting ready for bed, when all of a sudden you’re plunged into a nightmarish world. It’s up to you to help the child navigate this nightmarish world and hopefully make it out alive.
  • Despite the title Happy Game is anything but that. Happy Game as a title is a symbol of the game’s elements and presentation, but it’s contrary to what the game’s really about.
  • While exploring the nightmare world the puzzles within it have a very distinct kid-like feel to them. The first set of puzzles are all centered around stuffed animals and various toys a child would play with.
  • Happy Game’s clash of childlike innocence with it’s intense uncomfortable situations, is what makes the game so unique, but also so discomforting
  • The puzzles you interact with always involve what’s right around you. There’s no inventory or place to combine items.
  • Most of Happy Games puzzles will only take a few minutee to solve. Their difficulty is fairy low, but sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish what you have to do next.
  • Puzzles usually consist of rearranging objects and placing them or giving them to other creatures. Each puzzle, however has its own unique characteristics that make them stand out from one another.
  • Happy Game is all about the experience. Throughout your dark journey you’ll come across a multitude of horrifying and disfigured creatures. The designs of all of Happy Game’s monsters are some of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.
  • Visually, Happy Game has a bizarre artstyle. Many of ths environments and entities have an almost kid-like feel to them, but then the horror is turned up 10 notches. If you’re familiar with Amanita Design’s previous work you’ll see the resemblance between them and Happy Game.
  • Happy Game’s runtime won’t last you anymore then 3-5 hours.
  • There are 11 achievements that you may feel compelled to come back for, but Happy Game’s really dependent on how a person reacts to their first experience with it.

Pros

  • Unique puzzle designs
  • Horrific monster designs that are truly unsettling
  • Mix of horror and childlike innocence creates a terrifying atmosphere
  • Amanita Design’s choice of visuals and sound effects compliments the game well

Neutral

  • Happy Game uses a lot of intense flashing lights. The developers do offer many epiletic warnings, but some players may be turned away by this design choice.

Cons

  • A bit short on content with little replyability.
  • A few more complex puzzle designs would have been nice. Happy Game’s puzzles were unique, but lacked the introduction of any mechanics beyond general point & click adventure games.

Final Thoughts

Story
Gameplay
Visuals & Sound
Accessibility
Replay Factor/Bang For Your Buck
Unique Game Design

My Purchase Price: Buy at $10-$15 (Note prices are In USD)

7.5/10

Happy Game is a disturbingly unique title that embodies the usual Amanita Design visual style and perfectly mixes it together with some really horrific designs. All of the puzzles are intriguing and it’s great that you can choose to go back to each of them from the level selected at any time. All that being said, Happy Game is brought down slightly by its short length and little replayability. Not to mention many of the puzzles simply lack complexity and I think the game would have benefited from some more complex puzzle designs. Overall, Happy Game is an adventure that I definitely think any fans of the horror genre should experience once. Just don’t expect Happy Game to stick around too long and take your time with it so you can get everything out of its well-crafted world & designs.

Steam Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1206060/Happy_Game/

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