Ben and Ed

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a game by Sluggerfly
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.5/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Funny Games, 3D Platformer Games
Ben and Ed
Ben and Ed
Ben and Ed

The deadliest game show on Earth is in dire need of new participants; luckily, the undead are some of the most athletic fellows to inhabit the wastelands. Ben and Ed is a grotesque platformer that will have players making their way through deadly obstacle courses to rescue Ben, Ed’s best friend in the whole world. Or so he says.

If you’re into physics-based games with a questionable sense of morality, Ben and Ed will be right up your alley. However, this zombie game show has to deal with some glaring issues, particularly in the camera and physics departments, before it can become this season’s top show.

A World of Pain

In Ben and Ed, you play as Ed, a zombie with a rather athletic disposition. Ed is the latest entry in Rundead, a popular game show led by the nefarious Hans Showmaster. To force Ed to participate in his show, Hans has kidnapped Ed’s best friend, Ben: a normal boy.

To rescue Ben, Ed will have to beat each of Rundead’s deadly stages. These courses feature deadly traps and neon-colored lights in equal quantities, even if these hazards are not a threat for someone who’s no longer alive.

At its core, Ben and Ed is a physics-based platformer similar to Human Fall Flat. Players will have to traverse each stage while they deal with the game’s delayed controls, courtesy of the protagonist’s undead nature.

While the stiff controls could be seen as a result of Ed’s zombified state, they are still very unwieldy for players. Making precise jumps is almost impossible, and this is made even worse due to the game’s awkward camera angle. In a platformer, the level itself should be the main focus of the camera, but the camera in Ben and Ed insists on being too close to the player, making it harder to see what’s around you.

Darkly Humorous or Humorously Dark?

Parkour is but one of Ben and Ed’s landmarks: the game’s dark sense of humor is displayed front and center from the very beginning. That said, there’s no denying that the grotesque humor in this game might not be to everyone’s tastes. From the beginning, the relationship between Ed and Ben seems a bit off, and this is made much, much worse if you get the game’s bad ending.

Taste is subjective, however, and some players might find Ben and Ed’s grotesque setting a fun, if a bit dark, joke. Think of a platformer version of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel without a Pulse.

Physics and Easter Eggs

Being a parkour game, physics should be almost immaculately polished in Ben and Ed. However, that’s not always the case: some random glitches can send your character flying across the screen when you least expect it, turning the game into an exercise in frustration.

As we mentioned earlier, to get a proper conclusion to the game you must get a good ending. This is easier said than done, as to get the best ending possible, players will have to collect all of the game’s Candymeat cans, and that’s absolutely no easy task. If you’re in the mood for glitchy collectathons, Ben and Ed might be right up your alley.

6.5

There are some neat ideas hidden under Ben and Ed’s janky gameplay, but the overall presentation leaves much to be desired. If you like physics-based platformers, consider giving this macabre game show a chance.

Pros:

  • Wildly varied levels
  • Fun gameplay
  • Good 2D art

Cons:

  • Unresponsive controls
  • Awkward camera angles
  • Glitchy Physics
  • The humor can be very hit or miss

Download Ben and Ed

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

3D platformers are all the rage these days, and it certainly does make it easier to enjoy ourselves when we find a game with the right kind of pace. Well, one game that is loaded with comical pacing and plenty of laughs is the highly enjoyed Ben and Ed. What is it that makes this platformer so fun? While it has shades of classic platformers and challenge games like Super Monkey Ball, does it have its own personality, too?

3D platforming chaos

The game itself is quite an interesting one, with the game taking place in an undead game show that is known as “Rundead”. You take the role of Ben and Ed, where you control Ed the Zombie, who takes part in the gameshow itself. The game is loaded with comical obstacles and challenges for you to overcome, with each part of the show adding more and more challenge to the experience for you to try and fight through.

It’s a tough game, and it certainly packs in enough variety into the gameplay to help you enjoy yourself from start to finish. However, the game itself is quite challenging so if you are someone who finds 3D platforming to be too tough then you might not find yourself really enjoying Ben and Ed in the way that you are supposed to.

Can you take on the horrible Hans Showmaster and save your best friend Ben? It’s going to be a tough one to get it done, but the game does give you all of the opportunity that you need to succeed. The obstacles vary from wild to challenging, tohugh some definitely do fall a little too closely on the ‘cheap’ angle.

Intelligent and high-octane entertainment (8/10)

In terms of a classic 3D platformer, this has all of the hallmarks that you need. It has lots of vital timing moments and intricate jumps. It has the bombastic colour range to make sure you can enjoy every part of the experience from start to finish. You can even find that it gives you the kind of thrill that you need when playing a modern game.

The fast-paced nature of the gameplay certainly helps to keep you playing for round and round, anyway.

8

Add in the fact that each of the levels tend to be quite detailed and challenging, with big differences from level to level, and you will find that it is a really enjoyable game overall. While some might find it a bit challenging and sometimes a little bit cheapening in terms of how it handles things like character deaths, Ben and Ed is an excellent game for those who have a love of adventure gaming and platforming.

Pros

  • Impressive attention to detail with really enjoyable, colourful graphics
  • Excellent pace to the game with enough of a learning curve to keep you playing
  • Easy to get to grips with the controls and the timing needed for most areas
  • Story is enjoyable enough to keep you playing, with easy to like characters

Cons

  • Some levels can feel on the cheap side when it comes to the challenge involved
  • Sometimes performance can dip on lower end hardware

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