Viveport Review: Sneaky Bears
Shoot down hordes of evil teddy bears in this immersive and engaging arcade shooter.
By Joshua Hawkins, Greenlit Content
The teddies in Sneaky Bears are neither loving nor cuddly. Some might say that they’re even more bloodthirsty than a pack of rabid dogs hunting you down in the middle of a forest at midnight. That said, the intensity that Sneaky Bears brings to the table as you try to stop Frank (the bad guy) and his evil army of bears is both spectacular and well worth the time that you’ll invest.
The overall experience is extremely short, despite the fact that there are three full modes with multiple levels for users to tackle. There’s no real goal—aside from surviving the waves of evil teddy bears that try to kill you—but when the game is as fun as Sneaky Bears, you don’t really need an end game to keep you enthralled.
The gunplay in Sneaky Bears is by far some of the best that I’ve seen in any of the wave-based shooters, and having to work together with different types of weapons in each mode to survive makes the gameplay frantic and fun. On that note, there are three modes for players to choose from, including Survival, Fire, and Bomb. Each brings something unique to the game, which ups the value considerably.
In Survival, players are armed with a shotgun and a pistol, both of which have an unlimited ammunition. If you run out of ammo, simply throw your gun at the approaching bears to stun them, and then grab another one from your belt. This is a reload technique that I’ve seen used a bit in wave-based shooters in virtual reality, and it's a technique that works well enough.
Things change up a bit in Fire. Instead of having to fend off enemies with a shotgun and a pistol, you’ll instead be armed with a pistol and a water gun. The water gun must be used to put out fires around the level, while the pistol is used to take out any bears approaching you. It’s a frantic mode that leads to you doing some crazy poses as you fend off the bears while Buddy—your only friend in the game—tries to activate the sprinklers and keep the place from burning down.
Bomb takes the same idea as Fire, though this time you’re armed with a freeze gun instead of a water gun. You’ll also need to freeze bears and bombs as they roll down a conveyor belt, focused on taking out a trio of cute pandas tied up at the end. It’s just as frantic as Fire, and if you want to spice things up a bit outside of the usual survival-type shooters, then these two modes offer plenty of options.
Altogether, the Sneaky Bears experience is short and will probably only take you a couple of hours to complete. You can always go back for a chance to make it to the top of the leaderboard, and since the way that enemies spawn is randomized, there is plenty of replay value in the game. With this in mind, Sneaky Bears will make a great addition to your Vive library of games.