May 25, 2023

Andreas Betsche

Hello Goodboy Review: Embark on a Captivating Journey Through Seasons

May 25, 2023 | Andreas Betsche

Rolling Glory Strikes Again with Hello Goodboy

Hello Goodboy is the latest game from the Indonesian studio Glory Jam, known for its acclaimed title What Comes After. The game features a young boy and his talkative dog as they journey through a magical world filled with the beauty of four distinct seasons. Your main goal is to help the inhabitants of each season by fixing things, tidying up, and offering guidance during challenging decisions. Along the way, you’ll uncover precious memories that gradually unveil the story of a lost individual who is deeply missed.

A Visual Feast: Stunning Graphics and Heartwarming Characters

The stunning visuals of Hello Goodboy are captivating, boasting vibrant 2D panoramas that come alive with a symphony of colors. The character animations are impressive, breathing life into the endearing cast of characters you’ll encounter. The storyline and dialogue are well-written and genuinely emotional, weaving a tapestry of emotions that will tug at your heartstrings. Despite the underlying themes of mystery and intrigue, the game maintains a lighthearted tone, ensuring an enjoyable and uplifting experience.

Accessible Adventure with a Touch of Mystery

Hello Goodboy offers casual gameplay with minimal challenges and occasional mini-games featuring simple one-button quick-time events. This accessibility makes it an ideal choice for younger audiences and those seeking a relaxing adventure infused with a hint of an enigma. The storytelling could benefit from more specificity to enhance its allure, but the engaging narrative makes it worth playing through at least twice to unlock the full ending. Each playthrough lasts a manageable two hours, ensuring a smooth and rewarding journey.

A Fusion of Cultures: Indonesian Cuisine in Hello Goodboy

While the game’s overall ambiance of the location leans towards a more generic or Westernized vibe, there are a variety of nods and references to Indonesia’s rich and flavorful cuisine. These subtle touches bring a unique and exciting element to the setting that will delight and intrigue those who appreciate diverse and delicious food.

Hello Goodboy: A Polished and Immersive Experience

Overall, Hello Goodboy is a well-polished game with seamless gameplay and no bugs. It’s an immersive gaming experience with a strong emphasis on the narrative that’s sure to delight players and doggo-lovers of all ages.

Hello Goodboy is available for both PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch platforms, and this review is based on the Nintendo Switch version.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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