November 16, 2015 1:40 PM | John Bridgman
Games of course sometimes have the unexpected occur. Objects not behaving properly, improperly loading textures, weather effects that aren't quite functioning as intended. But what would happen if these sort of bugs were to leak out into the real world? Sir, I'd Like To Report A Bug is a basic platforming title by Lord Puggington Games which takes this odd concept and treats it with a fairly lighthearted spin.
As far as the gameplay goes, the game is fairly rote. You run and jump on platforms, and avoid obstacles. This isn't a game that's trying to break any new ground, and that's okay. The controls are reasonably responsive, and you can almost always be certain of what objects are platforms, what are backgrounds, and what are obstacles. It works well enough to not get in the way of success.
The visual aesthetic is quirky, and I think it will appeal to some folks. It's not outstanding by any measure, but the sprites are large and have personality to them for the most part. It's a mostly colourful look that compliments the game's lighthearted approach that I don't think is going to necessarily push anybody away from it. The sound design is better in my opinion, with a soundtrack that in particular will rouse some nostalgia for those who are like retro gaming music.
The levels have you running either to or from work - left to home, right to work - and your heading to work is relevant. When you reach work, you're asked to report the bugs you've encountered during the level. There are a few extra bugs to choose from, and having to make that selection encourages you to pay close attention to your environments as you play, as some of the bugs are more subtle than others. Most of them tend to be pretty blatant and often ridiculous though.
When you're not playing the main campaign mode, there are a variety of challenges you can take on, which in general ask you to accomplish a platforming goal as fast as possible. These are spiced up with various bug effects that you can encounter in the game, so it still offers some of the same flavour of gameplay as the base game. Mind you that you'll know beforehand what to expect, so the time trials won't leave you necessarily unprepared in the challenges.
There isn't really a lot to discuss about Sir, I'd Like To Report A Bug. It's a competent platformer that hopes its humour and aesthetic will pull players in. If you're the type to enjoy random humour or retro aesthetics in games, you're probably going to want to give this a try. Also if you just are looking for a basic platforming game, this could be up your alley. It's not revolutionary or groundbreaking, but it does what it wants to well, and there's nothing wrong with that at all.