When they're not menacing Stephen Colbert, bears, if pop culture has never lead us astray, can usually be counted on to be found looking for honey. When Bearboy finds the biggest honeycomb of them all and promptly loses it to the Wasp King, he thinks all is lost until a hero arises; you. Well, not you. I mean, let's be honest... those pants? That shirt? Not exactly heroic. But your cursor is another story! Bearboy and the Cursor by HeadFizz is a puzzle platformer about friendship in the face of enormous adversity. Or, rather, what two people who don't really know one another can accomplish when they don't have anything else to do and are too lazy to make other plans. Awwww.
Bearboy is controlled with the [arrow] or [WASD] keys, and the cursor is controlled with... please tell me I don't have to tell you that. Your job is to guide Bearboy safely to the portal at the end of each level, grabbing all the bits of honey along the way to improve your score. While Bearboy's standard run-jump controls are what you expect, you'll have to learn to use your cursor to complement his movements and help him get past obstacles. Certain blocks, for example, only become solid when you mouse over them, while others need to be clicked to be removed. Bearboy isn't the sturdiest critter in the woods, and a single hit is enough to send him back to the start of the level, or the star checkpoint if you activated it.
Bearboy and the Cursor is a beautiful, cheeky little game that will put a smile on your face when it isn't making you think you need to take your keyboard and your mouse to couple's counseling. The control combination can take some getting used to if you don't have a lot of practice performing two tasks at once, and for some people, this will be a deal breaker. If you can get past the difficulty, however, and unite the warring passions of Left Hand and Right Hand, you'll find a beautifully made little game that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever laboured under the yoke of oppression from a wasp. Or had to hide in the bathroom shrieking, "Is it gone yet?!" while their husband chased it around the living room with a mason jar and a piece of paper. You know how wasps do.