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OBEY

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By Bunnysuit22-05-2015
OBEY

The Defence

Developer:
The Lo-Fi Apocalypse
Publisher:
The Lo-Fi Apocalypse
Genre:
Action, Indie, Strategy
Release Date:
TBA

The Prosecution

CPU:
Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
AMD equivalent
VGA:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
RAM:
8 GB
HDD:
1 GB
DirectX:
OpenGL

Whoever said it was lonely at the top was looking up from the bottom. Power control under the guise of cute bunnies is what OBEY is. What is the goal of the game? The richest bunny wins the game. Sounds simple enough, right?

You earn money continuously and for doing the tasks the robot commands but, earning is much faster when you are in the giant robot. So far I haven’t witnessed a player win the game without being in the robot at least once. The bunnies might “obey” for a while but if they want to win some backstabbing and conspiring must be done. This is where the fun comes in.

Don’t let the adorable graphics fool you, OBEY is a challenging stealth game. All the bunnies look like adorable cuddly fluffs of white but you don’t know who is who. That was a design choice to provide anonymity to the players. The 3D environment is simple, but interesting. It reminds me of what the Teletubbies land would look like at night if bunny-killing robots took over.

YOUR. SOUL. IS. MINE!

YOUR. SOUL. IS. MINE!

The bunny inside the robot can command airships to drop items; Uranium, laser gates, amongst other items, but a very important item is the collars. Collars can be removed by the bunny at any time. The collar tracks where these bunnies are at all times. If you are head bunny inside the robot it would be wise to enforce the wearing of these collars. An advantage, or maybe disadvantage to the ones wearing said collar is that when a bunny comes too close to the robot they will be zapped into oblivion. The best way to sabotage the leader is to abandon your collar and make your way into the robot. Be careful though, if you’re caught you might get shot and sent back to the base.

From my experience, the best way to play OBEY is to not obey. By ‘best’ I mean the most fun. Complete chaos is not ideal because the player inside the robot will likely go on a shooting spree killing every other bunny on the map.

Teamwork is a very useful tactic. As the bunny inside the robot you can incentivise snitching against others trying to take your position. You can provide as much monetary rewards as you like to those who are on your side. Unfortunately if you are a bunny that is being snitched on there is no way to silence or attack other bunnies that are following you. If you have a friend in-game you could have one distract the robot or the other bunnies while you make your way towards the robot.

OBEY might sound overwhelming and a bit difficult to grasp, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds. There is a tutorial, but you can jump in with experienced players and get the hang of the gameplay within minutes. The community is small at the moment, but expect it to explode now that it’s on Steam’s Early Access.

The light at the end of the tunnel...

The light at the end of the tunnel...

Including myself, a few members of the Pixel Judge community have played a lot of OBEY and enjoyed we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Our very own Bobfish and WskOsc even are part of the launch trailer, giving their genuine praise for the game.

The explanation of the game might sound interesting but doesn’t do it enough justice: OBEY is simply fun. The game gives you as much freedom as you allow it to and while playing you will get caught up in the experience. Sneaking around to get close enough to the robot is just as fun as being in the robot and commanding your minions. Avoiding snitches, sight, and death gives life to OBEY. It’s mostly developed and is already a quality multiplayer gaming experience.

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