Review – My Friend Pedro
The tag ‘weirdest story’ gets thrown around a lot in gaming, but it’s going to be hard to top My Friend Pedro, available now on PC and Nintendo Switch, which features a nameless and voiceless protagonist who has a floating banana companion that teaches you how to kill people in stylish ways.
When I say stylish, I mean it. Think of a John Woo movie starring John Wick, only Keanu still has his Matrix powers. Slow-motion bullet time flips are the tamest thing you’ll do. Put some time in, and get some tips from Pedro, and you’ll be doing that slow-motion flip through a plate glass window while ricocheting bullets off environmental objects to hit hard-to-reach enemies, killing them all before you land…on a skateboard that you started the whole sequence by sending into the head of an unsuspecting enemy to kick off your flip.
My Friend Pedro is a score-attack game, so it’s a bit on the short side but offers incredible replay value if you’re into the genre. Replaying sequences to figure out the best way to rack up combos and bump up your score is rewarding, but those who aren’t big on the scoring elements will still have fun experimenting with the free flow combat system.
There are also wide variations in the level layouts, with some loaded with interactive objects to kick at enemies while others have mines scattered about that demand precision jumping and rolling. Some levels I took a dozen cracks at while trying to improve my score, while others I’m not sure I’ll take another shot at. On your first playthrough the levels mix up at a reasonable pace to ensure there’s something for everyone – all-out action levels, platforming-heavy levels, even a few boss fights and oddballs like a bike chase just to keep things moving.
So My Friend Pedro… Is it worth playing? Absolutely. I had a blast with the game. Silky smooth controls and ridiculously silly action from start to finish. When a game keeps a smile on your face while you’re replaying a level over and over to get a better score, you’ve got a winner on your hands.