BFF or Die Review: Frantic Party Fun.

BFF or Die is a frantic and hectic puzzle party game for 1 to 4 players. It was developed by ASA studio. It is available onĀ Steam.

Edit: As one of Gideon’s Gaming’s earliest reviews, the screenshots are from ASA Studio, not the writer like most other reviews on the site.

Overview

BFF or Die is a quirky puzzle co-op game. You play it from an overhead point of view and control one of four colorful characters attempting to rescue all the Orbees through several levels. You do this by running into them while avoiding mummies and ghosts that chase you through each maze-like stage. If you crossbred Pac-Man with Overcooked, it would probably look a lot like BFF or Die.

Four of the cute stuffed animal like characters face the viewer and look cute
So cute!

It is incredibly simple to play, usually controlled with the movement keys and a single button. Each level is cleverly laid out, you and your friends will need to work together to solve them. Some levels provide you with tools to use, such as a light to shine through the darker stages or a grabber to pick up foe and friend alike. You technically can play it solo, but it is clearly designed to be played with friends and that’s where it shines brightest.

Bring A Friend

Playing as a single-player often has you controlling a second character to work the needed tools anyway. It’s easy to control and fun in its own right. Yet you miss out on the social experience which is pretty important in these types of games. The levels do change slightly depending on the player amount which is a thoughtful and nice addition.

The moment to moment gameplay is chaotic as one player might be collecting Orbees while another player stays back with the space-time machine to control the various gadgets attached to it. You work together on the fly to solve the puzzles and figure out the fastest and most efficient way to collect all of the Orbees without getting run down by mummies and ghosts.

Each level is pretty opened ended in how you can complete it, and usually, you have more than one option. Though to master each one you will need to be quick in determining how to grab the game’s artifacts. (Think of the fruit in Pac-Man)

One player uses a light in BBF or Die to illuminate the level for the second player.
Some levels require one player to operate a light for the other players to see in the maze.

  

No one would expect an in-depth storyline in a game like this but surprisingly much of the dialogue is cute and humorous. Interestingly enough, it also varies depending on how many players and which of the characters are present. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all, but the dialogue made my partner and I chuckle more than once.

The game accomplishes everything it sets out to do and does it well, it’s fun with friends and challenging enough to keep you engaged. It’s only real flaw is its short length, but after the end, it provides you with an infinite trial mode where you take on random levels in a row and see how far you can get without failing. It adds some replay value.

A mummy is shown while one of the characters asks a question.
The dialogue can be cute and amusing at times.

Verdict

Despite everything else. The game ends kind of abruptly and leaves you feeling like you were only getting started. Given that time travel is the story’s theme and each level is stylized with an Egyptian flair. It kind of felt like the game was about to switch to a new setting in time when instead it’s actually over. But that is also a testament to the gameplay, that it leaves you wishing you had more. So, should you buy it?

It’s currently 13.99$ on steam. If you are looking for a couple of hours of entertainment with a partner or kids, you really can’t go wrong here. And you can probably squeeze a bit more time out on the infinite trials or even replaying it with more or fewer players than your first playthrough. If you really enjoy local cooperative games it is probably worth the money.

I personally wish the game was a little longer, or a couple of bucks cheaper. But it’s a well designed, focused, and most importantly fun couch co-op experience.

Who should buy BFF Or Die? Players looking for a short but sweet and clever couch co-op experience. Who shouldn’t? Single players or folks who want more than a few hours of entertainment.

A key for BFF or Die was provided to Gideon’s Gaming by ASA Studio.

Want to be my BFF? Check out my Kofi page or my reviews of other couch co-op games such as Overcooked 2 and Moving Out.

Pros

  • Fun co-op experience that values teamwork
  • Cute and funny dialog
  • Clever puzzle design
  • Infinite trial mode

Cons

  • Very short
  • The Egyptian theme gets repetitive

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