• Publisher: SONKA
  • Release Date: Jul 19, 2019
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  • Summary: Astro Bears Party is an easy-to-learn, hard-to-master game about running around a planet and avoiding each other's Magical Beary Ribbons. Jump and hover over Ribbons using a jetpack. Perform dashes to threaten your opponents. Be the last Bear standing. Choose one of 4 Bears with differentAstro Bears Party is an easy-to-learn, hard-to-master game about running around a planet and avoiding each other's Magical Beary Ribbons. Jump and hover over Ribbons using a jetpack. Perform dashes to threaten your opponents. Be the last Bear standing. Choose one of 4 Bears with different playstyles and battle between 2-4 players. Take a challenge in single player mode and beat your own record in Jetfish Hunting. Expand
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  1. Aug 9, 2019
    80
    Sometimes it’s hard to tell how much weight a game will carry once your done reviewing it and have moved on to new titles. In Astro Bears’ case, the passage of time has proven my initial assessment wrong to some extent. The game has endured with me and my friends as a multiplayer attraction, and this new iteration is even better. It’s dropped part of its original handle, but Astro Bears is more a party now than it’s ever been.
  2. Jul 17, 2019
    70
    Astro Bears is incredibly easy to learn, play, and provides a good amount of challenge depending on who you are playing against and how you work together (or against each other). The best part is that even though the levels are nothing too special because you are playing with other people, no two rounds will ever be the same. While most of its elements feel repetitive and lacks adventure, Astro Bears is really just a no-frills, fun family game. It is nothing spectacular nor extraordinary, but its playful colors and the atmosphere it creates in the room shows it is capable of bringing joy to those who play it.
  3. 70
    Astro Bears enjoys a new competitive mode, new bears, and better presentation than its predecessor. It is a very simple game, and always has been, but it is appropriately priced and a fantastic local multiplayer experience to boot. Astro Bears Party was one of the first Switch games I bought, and a couple of years down the road, it is still a favorite among my friends and family as an accessible but fun multiplayer game. Astro Bears could have done a little bit more to justify being a full rerelease, especially on the single-player end. But as an upgrade to an already-wonderful local multiplayer title, the game carries its predecessor’s torch just fine.
  4. Jul 18, 2019
    60
    Although Astro Bears is merely an update to its predecessor, it's still a fun little party game that 4 players can enjoy together.
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  1. Sep 17, 2019
    8
    “Astro Bears”

    Reviewed By: Elias S. Lutes Developer: SONKA Publisher: SONKA Platform: Switch Astro Bears is a quick-match party game
    “Astro Bears”

    Reviewed By: Elias S. Lutes
    Developer: SONKA
    Publisher: SONKA
    Platform: Switch

    Astro Bears is a quick-match party game that pits friend against friend in a planet-traveling ribbon-laced run across planets. In a wonderful mashup of Mario Galaxy and the classic game of Snake, Astro Bears has a simple premise that delivers a fun party vibe.

    The matches are short and sweet, some rounds lasting only seconds — the entire objective is to coat the planet in your color of ribbon and cause your opponent to run into it. You lose when you touch ANY ribbon, even your own, making for some quick pacing and fast decision making. You can jump and attempt to cut off your fellow players to net a win, or tighten up your ribbon in a small area to attempt at making the area impossible to traverse.

    The learning curve to Astro Bears is fairly simple, but the game gets more complex with more players. The ability to customize the planet’s size and color for your playing field does lend well to larger groups. There are a handful of bears to choose from, each with differing speeds, turning capability, and dash length. In trying out most of the bears, I was able to find out that suited me rather well within just a few rounds.

    The matches are simple and sweet, regardless of which game you choose. One of my favorite things about Astro Bears is just how easy it is to pick up and teach new players. Gameplay is to the point — there’s no guessing about what to do, and that lends very well to younger and older players alike, making this an accessible title for families and friend groups of all kinds.

    Pros:
    -Great Price Point
    -Grooving Music
    -Nice Customization Options

    Cons:
    -Not a lot of variety

    Overall: 8/10

    Astro Bears does a great job of making an old 2D Classic into a modern 3D take on the party game genre. With a wonderfully small price tag, there’s no reason to feel bad about picking this up to take a spin with your fellow gamers in your next couch co-op session.
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