Video Games

So Many Me Review

So Many Me logo So Many Me was released on Steam and Ouya last month. The developers were kind enough to furnish me with a Steam key so I could review it for you, so I’m going to do my best to do that for you now.

Despite the game’s rather cutesy aesthetic, So Many Me can be quite challenging, and I have yet to get further than the first world. However, this is most likely due to a combination of my utter lack of skill when it comes to platformers and the absolute deviousness of many of the platforming puzzles. Which isn’t to say So Many Me isn’t a good game. It’s more that waiting to complete the game until I started my review would mean reviewing it sometime in 2020 and I’m sure none of you are going to wait around for that.

SoManyMe Asimov & Filo In the game you play as Filo, a little green blobby thing that through a random encounter with Asimov the scientist finds himself able to collect clones of himself by collecting Ark Seeds. In addition to having a whole pile of clones following behind him, Filo finds that he can change the shape and texture of some of his Me’s in order to continue exploring. For example, you can turn Me’s into blocks to help get across wide gaps, or you can turn a Me into a jelly blob that the rest of you can bounce on.

SoManyMe JellySaurus There are also larger forms you can take, like the Jellysarus that can bash through barriers. The graphics and concept are incredibly charming, as is the music and sound design. However, many of the puzzles are devilish enough that I nearly threw my controller clear across the room. Rick got quite the giggle hearing me cursing and shouting at my computer as I made futile attempt after futile attempt to figure out how to get from one place to another with only the Me’s I had at that time.

I assume that because you can return to levels after completing them, some puzzles can only be completed by getting certain power-ups and special moves that are unlocked later in the game, but the first level of the second world totally messed me up. And while I admit that I am not the best at platformers, being a little too button mashy and impulsive for such fine motor skilled activities, I do feel like the controls needed to be a little more tight and refined, especially considering certain passages require making three or more button pushes in a row in order to jump and transform and recall and jump and transform in quick succession.

SoManyMe Dark Forest IV However, slippery controls were only part of the problem as the level design was incredibly unforgiving at times. Certain jumps could only be achieved with PERFECT timing and positioning, making the game much more hardcore than the cheery aesthetic seemed to convey.

While far from a perfect game, the unique mechanics and charming tone still lead me to recommend So Many Me to platformer enthusiasts. Just don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Megan
    August 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I love the look of this game. However, perfectly timed jumps are definitely not my strong point!

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      Mariko
      August 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Yeah, I guess I just don’t have the attention span for a game like this, but it is lovely to look at if you’re the persistent type.

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    kaycreate
    August 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I can sense so much frustration from this game, but the kind of frustration that only makes me want to play MORE, just so I can say HA I WIN!!

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      Mariko
      August 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Yeah, sadly I am not one of those people. As much as I wish I was.

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    margotmeanie
    August 13, 2014 at 1:23 am

    look at how cute this game is!!!! EEEP! I should look into it on my ouya!

    <3
    margot

    • Reply
      Mariko
      August 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      It is extremely adorkable, and the dialogue is majorly cute, too.

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    Fiona
    August 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “would mean reviewing it sometime in 2020 and Iā€™m sure none of you are going to wait around for that” lol lol – sounds fun but I’m definitely one of those people whose worse side comes out if I get stuck on a game šŸ˜›

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      Mariko
      August 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Yeah, I do love video games, but I also have the attention span of a gnat.

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    Jenn
    August 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    You had me at Jellysaurus. I’ve always been a fan of games that look cutesy but are quite challenging, so I may have to check this one out despite the warnings.

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      Mariko
      August 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I’m sure you’ll make out better than I did. And I’ll probably go back to it at some point, but definitely with a walkthrough šŸ˜‰

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