Sometimes games just pique my interest. I don’t need to know what it’s about or the concept, the title does all of the work on its own. I am Bread is one such title. When I first heard the title I thought to myself if that’s not about making your way to the toaster whilst dodging things that eat you then no other game will be. When I read an announcement from the developer, Bossa, that they had put together a story full of awesomeness about a slice of breads journey to fulfil its goal of becoming toast I was sold because why waste your money on being a man dressed as a bat or the latest MMO set in a world loved by many when you can use your loaf and spend your dough (I am so sorry) on battling through the struggle that bread incurs on a daily basis as it tries to become toast.
The idea is a simple one – Control a piece of bread as you search for a heat source (it doesn’t have to be a standard toaster) to toast yourself with. Whilst doing this you must maintain your breadiness and edibility, just like in real life touching the floor, landing on an old used bandage or being eating by ants running along the worktop, obviously makes you become less appetizing and you risk failing the level.
Much like dropping your toast butter side down, I am Bread is totally rage inducing at first. The controls are unique to say the least with either the 1,2,3 and 4 buttons (or alternatively triggers and shoulder buttons) controlling a designated corner but once you get into the swing of things you actually feel completely in control of your toasty wannabe and the world around him. Maybe you have spotted a lawnmower to launch yourself across the room to land on a TV that is overheating as you dropped a tool box onto it 5 minutes ago or laying yourself gently on some hair curlers. You certainly won’t be looking at everyday household objects in the same way again.
Additional modes keep the bread theme, such as Cheese hunt where you set to achieve the life goals of Crisp bread by hunting down pieces of cheese to cover yourself in before you completely crack up. Bagel race ups the need for speed as you control a rolling bagel in a series of races and Rampage where you set out to cause as much destruction as an angry French baguette.
The opportunity for DLC is immense as other breads will be featured based on suggestions from the I am Bread fanbase, who wouldn’t want to fly around as a pizza base, struggle with an uncontrollable pretzel or thunder along as a dense and heavy zucchini bread.
Overall, those who like a challenge of completing a puzzle with a little unorthodox thinking are in for a treat. The narrator injects a little bit of humour as he descends further and further into madness at the thought of his house being destroyed by a crumby nemesis.
MLG Rating: 7/10 Format: PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of I am Breadby the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 3 days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.