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Simulator 1984

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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Buddy Simulator 1984 (2021) is an adventure horror game. What starts as a retro-themed set of mini-games soon evolves into a tale of anxiety, friendship and depression as your buddy makes new games for you to play each with creepy anomalies and glitches. It's an evolving experience that entirely depends on your choices, even down to the ending.

You are introduced to your buddy (called Buddy) at the start of the game. You initially play several old fashioned games with them, such as hangman and guess the number. After quickly tiring of these, the Buddy character creates a set of new games for you to play. It's here that you uncover strange anomalies, from creepy, out of character dialogue to sudden, loud glitches that show strange scenes.

As you progress, these anomalies get more frequent and intense, and Buddy seems more and more desperate to please you and keep you playing, and also seems to want you to choose certain activities and options. Finally, when the whole thing seems on the brink of collapse, you confront Buddy and decide whether your friendship will survive or whether the damage has already been done.

In the first few sections, you type responses and commands, and although you can type anything the game only recognises certain responses. Soon after the introductory phase, the gameplay shifts to resemble early 2D, then 3D, RPGs where you move about the world and occasionally fight enemies in a combat system that relies on precise timing of random keys that briefly flash across the screen.

It's a novel game with a unique way of telling a thematically rich story that, when combined with its blend of genres, make it a compelling choice for both novice and experienced players.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Buddy Simulator 1984 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Fighting and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

On the game's steam page, the developer says: "This game contains themes of emotional manipulation as well as themes of depression and anxiety, and as a result, may not be suitable for all audiences."

Skill Level

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. As well as dealing with some complex themes, the gameplay sometimes requires some intuition from the player that may make it inaccessible for younger or less experienced players.

CostsCosts

Buddy Simulator 1984 usually costs £6.99 to £8.99.
 

Buddy Simulator 1984

Switch Store Switch £8.99
Steam Store PC £6.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
You can get the free demo if you want to try the game out first, and you can also buy the game in a bundle with the soundtrack. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/02/2021

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Fighting and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 15 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Not Sailor (@Not_Sailor)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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