Name: Awkward
Developer: Snap Finger Click
Publisher: Snap Finger Click
Released: 05.06.2018
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Acquired:  A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purpose

I love party games, and I love to find out things about my friends and I REALLY love awkward facts. Considering this, it was only fair that I got to be the one to review Awkward, and do it I would. Let me first start with one thing, I have spent a LOT of time with this game. I have been pushed and poked and yelled at to finish writing this review, but I refused to finish it until I managed to gather enough people to try it out properly. Now I have.

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Story

Awkward is a party game that can be played alone or with your friends, and it can be used in your online broadcast so your viewers can vote and so on, if you are a streamer. I’m not a streamer, so I will ignore this part of the game entirely and leave it for someone else to judge.

The thought behind this game is that you and your friends will have the opportunity to face awkward questions, questions that will reveal just a little bit more than you find comfortable.

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Graphics

In a game like this, the graphics doesn’t really matter that much, and the graphics in Awkward is just what I expected from a game like this. I am really happy they did not try to add fancy-ass graphics that slowed it down, or pointless animations where none needed. The only thing I have to say is that the graphics feel… Old-fashioned? Like it was modeled after a 1980 brown pub, with a lot of cigar smoke and coffee stains.

The one thing I WILL bring into this category though, is the annoying and unskippable question score-screen, where it shows you what the rest of the world answered on the question, and the matchability screen. It gets old SO fast, and will end up being seriously annoying. The only thing it does is slowing the gameplay down.
4/10

Gameplay

A game like Awkward is all about the gameplay. I wanted to like this game SO much. I really, really did. I love the idea behind it and I love the genre so theoretically I should be ecstatic. I will try to break this down so you understand why I have a major problem with the game.

The biggest elephant in the room is the questions. The game is named Awkward and I expected it to be just that – awkward! The only awkward thing about this game is the lack of awkward questions. To make sure I have not completely “missed them” I have played so many matches just to see if I could discover them.

When starting a game with two people you have to enter how you know each other. Now, I would assume that choosing “Family” would give you family-friendly questions, where as “Friends” or “Romantic” will give you more reason to blush. I can’t really say I noticed any big difference on the three different settings, with the exception of “Romantic” having some couple-questions added to it. To be fair, it is extremely difficult to make me feel awkward by asking me questions, and I have no problem discussing any topic in public. HOWEVER – I do think I am capable to spot the uncomfortable questions when I see them. There was so few in Awkward, and I think I had too high expectations.

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Questions like “What do you prefer on your dessert? Cream or Custard” and “Do needles scare you?” are not considered awkward questions in my book… What the game REALLY needs is a “Daredevil” mode, with only the most EXTREME questions the developers can think of. Something that will make the juicy information you want to know about your friends drip like the fat of a proper burger.

The different modes “Teamplay” and “Match-up” did not excite me very much either, as they are essentially the same thing with so minor differences I could hardly identify them. For a game like this to work, it has to be over-the-top, and so damn offensive it can possibly be. This isn’t and it ends up being just… dull. Plain. Like a steak without seasoning.
2/10

Controls

You control this game with a single controller, passing it around and answering questions with the button assigned to each answer. The opponent then has to guess what you answered, so hiding the controller while answering is recommended. It works, nothing special about it. Nothing more to say about it either to be fair.
5/10

Replay Value

The games are fairly short and the database has more than 5,000 questions, and even after many, many hours of playing, I haven’t had any noticeable amount of duplicate questions. That being said, you will probably get bored after a couple of rounds anyhow. But sure, to be fair, the replay value is theoretically quite high.
5/10

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  • Graphics - 4/10
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  • Gameplay - 2/10
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  • Controls - 5/10
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  • Replay Value - 5/10
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Verdict

I wanted to love this game SO bad. I tried loving it; I really did. If there ever is a patch with “a Daredevil” mode with truly, truly outrageous and cringeworthy questions, I will make sure to update the review. Until then, I am afraid this is yet another game that I will collect trophies on and never start again.

Pros

  • Single-controller is nice
  • Hopefully one interesting question each round

Cons

  • Can’t skip “score-screens”
  • Not nearly awkward enough
  • Gets boring very fast

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