Slow Down, Bull, from Insomniac games, is a cute, creative, casual collision craft game full of critters, puns, and alliteration. The titular character, named Esteban, is a slightly neurotic bull that wants to spend all day making art with a cat named Mango, who is also his sister. Just go with it.
Esteban is in constant motion. All the player can do is steer him clockwise or counter clockwise as he crashes through the level. But spend too much time guiding him and the bull goes on a red rampage. All the while, you are trying to collect hundreds of little knickknacks. When you drop off the final collection of the level, you’re graded with up to three stamps based on the number of objects collected, along with a bonus for keeping Esteban calm. The stamps you collect at the end of the level aren’t just for bragging rights; you need them to unlock the gate leading to the next stage. After the third or fourth play-through of levels trying to get the unlock, I started to feel as neurotic as the bull.
There are little gems that make Slow Down, Bull an artistic treat. Things like “Days Since Last Trample” in the corner that resets whenever Esteban loses his cool. The entire world looks like Esteban’s interpretation of the events in grade-school collage form; with walls made of popsicle sticks and everything bursting with color and texture.
But there is one other area that makes this game stand out: the partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Foundation seeks to improve the hospital experience for chronically ill kids in extended care. Out of the net proceeds, 50% is going towards helping this foundation out. Lest you forget, you are reminded of ways you can help at every load screen. So do it for the kids.
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