Review

The universe of My Friendly Neighborhood (MFN) is bizarrely beautiful and disturbing. As a lover of Saturday morning puppet shows, descending into the uncanny life in their recent dark fantasy has been profoundly gripping.

My Friendly Neighborhood

  • Olivia Johnson
The idyllic puppet show, adored by audiences globally, descends into distressing chaos when the production studio, once bankrupt and on hiatus, resumed under very peculiar circumstances.

Playing as the character Gordon, the handyman plunges one into an eerie universe of unsettling survival exploits. Initially, your mission is simple - investigate a faulty antenna, supposedly unintentionally broadcasting old episodes. But soon, it becomes clear it's a quest for survival as the charming neighborhood puppets turn into deadly adversaries.

A mesmerizing aspect of MFN is its survival horror gameplay. The storyline coursing through the gamescape isn't linear, and a glance at your map is highly advisable. Your tools to fend off aggressive puppets include intriguing weaponry like the 'Rolodex'. Familiarity with ABCs is strongly suggested, as they serve as your ammunition.

Puzzles abound in this game, typical of survival horror classics, each supplanting the other in complexity and fascination. And as you progress, MFN keeps you on edge with an array of environments - from the bustling 'behind-the-scenes' setting of Ray's Workshop to whimsical cardboard crayon halls.

The visual narrative is a convoy moving from enchanting to distressing. The puppet design digitalizes the classic look of adored Saturday morning TV shows, ramping up your emotional connection with the characters. But with time, their transformation into unrelenting units of antagonism leaves you shocked, captivated, and unnerved.

What further enhances the excitement is MFN's grid-based real-time inventory system. The charm lies in its intricacies, and it all but ensures you are engaged continually, enhancing its authentic survival horror feels.

In conclusion, 'My Friendly Neighborhood' is a roller coaster ride, teeming with thrilling turns and several unexpected twists. A survival horror delight, it is a game that leaves you equal parts fascinated and fearful, awaiting your next terrifying move.

Pros:
  • Diversified and engaging gameplay with puzzles and nonlinear storyline
  • Striking graphics that progress from delightful to chilling
  • Unique weaponry, such as the 'Rolodexer'
  • An engaging, real-time inventory system.
Cons:
  • The constant transformation of foes can become unsettling
  • The puzzles, while engaging, can occasionally feel intense, especially for first-time survival horror gamers.