My Friend Pedro – Absolutely Banana’s
Flipping through the air, twin pistols in hands. Gracefully twirling as bullets fly through the air splattering open the heads of the thugs in the surrounding area. Landing with the precision of an Olympic gymnast, only for the cycle to start again in a matter of seconds. This is ‘My Friend Pedro’, an adrenaline filled mash-up of ‘Hotline Miami’ and ‘Max Payne’ all wrapped up in a bow of ‘obviously used to be a flash game’.
Now I’ll be 100% honest with you all, I have been looking forward to this game for years, and I mean YEARS, as in PLURAL, as in MORE THAN ONE. I found this game on twitter back in 20-I-can’t-remember-it’s-been-so-long and have been anxiously awaiting it’s arrival like a kid a week before Christmas. And so, the day finally arrived, and my expectations were high, all of the screenshots and GIFs that I have seen on twitter, the trailers, everything building my hype as I click the button to play… and I have to say, it was worth the wait (for the most part).
This game is about the main character whose name is not given so I’ll call them “Chad Thunder-striker” for reference. Chad awakens in a dirty old basement by Pedro, a talking floating banana (and I’ll just gloss over the fact that the main supporting role in this game is a talking floating banana because it’s the whole “random does not equal funny” lecture, but flash games won’t let go of the opposing viewpoint). After escaping, Chad finds a pistol and the proceeds to kill a bunch of people and continues to kill people and that’s really all he does (That is your spoiler-free version of the plot).
Gameplay-wise, this game is about one thing and one thing mainly, STYLE. Every action-filled moment in this game just feels nice to watch, and gets even better once you activate the slow-MO. You can split your aim while dual-wielding weapons like pistols and S.M.Gs, dodge bullets with a stylish twirl, fly through windows, slide down ziplines, the list goes on and on of all the cool stuff you can do. You build up a score as you move through the levels and at the end of them all you are graded, this is to emphasise replayability but really is just there for the smug, super pro gamers to brag about how they totally didn’t cheat their way to the top of the leaderboards. But also, at the end of the levels, a small moment that the game thought was pretty neat is displayed for you as a GIF, and you can choose to save it or even upload it to twitter to show the world that cool thing you did.
There are the downsides of course, mainly that I feel that after the seconds chapter the game just goes downhill in terms of quality. The whole ‘flash game’ vibe rings throughout and I know that this game used to be a flash game, but I just can’t shake the feelings off, especially with outdated humour and memes. The ending, without spoiling it, made me go “what…oh…. Wait, what…. huh… wtf even is this anymore” and I feel as though that sums up where the game goes after the second chapter. There are still some awesome levels, but they are few and far in-between.
On a whole, I recommend letting Pedro become your friend. The game is short, but I feel it’s replayable, the gameplay is amazing, and the story is…there as well. Maybe wait for a sale if you aren’t 100% on board like I was and give it a shot, and maybe if a level editor or more content is added in the future it would be a 110% recommendation from me.
“This game gave me something to look forward to, and now that it has finally released I can happily say it was worth the wait, even if it was a slightly long one.”
+ Great soundtrack
+ Nice use of combat puzzles (ricocheting bullets and such)
+ No spiders
+ Somewhat unique, and in this day and age that’s worth a lot
– Massive dip in quality after a while
– A short game