I don’t know what to think about Holobunnies: Pause Café. On one hand the game is a solid platformer, like rock solid. It has decent controls, great presentation, and an interesting art style. So why am I not being pulled in?
Holobunnies: Pause Café is well made
Pause Café is a really well made game. There is fun to be had with this title if you are ready to be understanding. Developed by q-bit games, Holobunnies is a collection of mini-games that takes a focus on completionists and speed-runners. This is by no means a complete game by the traditional sense. So what is Holobunnies: Pause Café?
This Game is Short
The core of this game is all about sampling. Comprised of 3 separate mini-games you have the chance to try your hand at a 2 player arena battle, a speedrunning platformer, and a boss rush mode. Each of the modes has online leaderboards for a little friendly competition – and that’s it.
I was able to work my way through all of Pause Café’s content in under 2 hours. This is probably the fastest I have even completed an entire game. Pause Café is effectively a preview of what the Holobunnies full game, slated for a Q1 2018 release, will contain. So let’s look at everything that this game has to offer.
Brawler – 2v2 battles
Brawler is very straight forward. Find a friend, shoot at him, don’t be the dead one. This is probably my least favorite mini-game from the collection. If this would have been a 4 player style game that could have really made it a little more challenging and more than anything, more interesting.
There are fair amount of stages to choose from but each is essentially just the same stage with platforms in different configurations.
Kitcat Adventure – A Frustrating Speedrunner
The next game is Kitcat Adventure, and possibly my biggest issue with the game. At it’s base this is a mobile-style running game similar to Mario Runner in so many ways. You do not have the ability to control your character other than to jump.
If you need to change directions then you need to hit a floating arrow. There is absolutely no room for error here at all. If you die, back to the last check point for you. The game is full of stage hazards that can be unfairly brutal to players. More than anything, this game felt difficult for the sake of frustration instead of challenge.
Legacy Boss Rush – All the Bosses Want to Kill You!
Hands down this is the saving grace for the game. Legacy Boss Rush just what it sounds like. You are placed against 4 different bosses and you have to see how fast you can beat each stage. The favorite part of a platformer for me was always the boss fight. Why did we play games like Duck Tales and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers? Because we wanted to get to that intense boss fight at the end. Holobunnies: Pause Café does a good job of creating an exciting and entertaining boss battle. If only they put you up against more difficult or more intricate bosses this would have been the saving grace of the game.
If you have $5USD to spend on a game and you don’t have anything better on your wishlist, Holobunnies: Pause Café isn’t a terrible game. If you are debating on picking this game up over another, get the other game. I still have high hopes for Holobunnies full game and will gladly wait for that.