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LumbearJack Review

Time to slap some sense into people

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox Series X on 🐻

LumbearJack is also available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

LumbearJack is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

Bears are the undisputed protectors of planet Earth and you can now make the world a better place by filling the shoes of LumbearJack.

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This level comes with a free Royale with Cheese

What is LumbearJack?

LumbearJack stars the titular bear Jack who's had it with corporate polluter Evil Works' inconsiderate ways. So, he takes it upon himself to rid the lands of their machinery and convert their employees into carefree albeit unemployed nature-lovers. As a bear myself, I'm very happy with the representation in LumbearJack as many other games that star bears feature harmful stereotypes such as: we can't drive (Bears Can't Drift!?), we party too much (Astro Bears Party), and we're ill-mannered (Super Rude Bear). The only game besides LumbearJack that has gotten close to representative is Epic Dumpster Bear even though it makes us look poor which isn't always true. v1d30chumz 35-172-223-251

Anyway, LumbearJack is a very casual game in that it's super-easy to pick-up-and-play and doesn't feature any sort of challenge to its gameplay. Even though this may dissuade some gamers, let me just say that I love a challenge but the casual adventure in LumbearJack is still rather satisfying in its own unique way. All you essentially do is traverse levels while tapping a button to swing your axe. As you break stuff up, your backpack will fill and once it's full, you can upgrade your axe to break even bigger things. This kind of reminded me of Katamari Damacy although you can play LumbearJack at your own pace. Overall, it's a solid game to chill with after a long day. 😊

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Bowling for excavators

How long is LumbearJack?

LumbearJack can easily be completed within 90 minutes. Along the way, you'll play through 20 levels with each one providing a unique mini-story and environment. My favourite part of each stage is the fact that your surroundings change as you smash equipment and watching things return to nature is quite lovely. Plus, the opening and ending cutscenes in each level are filled with adorable animals that do silly things like hang glide and sit in hot tubs. On the downside, I experienced a few glitches such as getting stuck behind an indestructible barrier and making an object fly across the screen by merely brushing past it. I mean; it's funny but still a bug. 😅

Is that all there is to LumbearJack?

Thankfully, LumbearJack features some collectibles in its stages that help give them a bit more replay value even if you can easily find the vast majority of it during your first playthrough without any assistance. Specifically, in each level, you can turn 100% of the environment back to nature, find a hidden bear trap, and (my favourite) slap every human that you see which turns them from a corporate employee to a funny character such as a recognizable movie reference, DJ, or hippie. There are also 9 costumes that you can dress LumbearJack in which are rather silly. Unfortunately, all of this adds about 5 minutes of replay value since you'll get most of it without even trying. On the other hand, there are a few achievements that are somewhat tricky to unlock so you might enjoy trying to snag those as well. 🏆

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Watching that little goat help makes me smile

LumbearJack is a casual game that offers a fun-filled albeit super-short campaign that'll make you smile as you play. It may not be even remotely challenging but what you get is an overall satisfying little game that you'll think fondly back on after the end credits roll.

  • + Simple and oddly satisfying gameplay that you can enjoy at your own pace
  • + Adorable cutscenes and animations
  • + Watching levels come to life is fun
  • - Virtually no sense of challenge
  • - Quite short at only an hour and a half
  • - A few odd glitches throughout
7.0 out of 10
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