Beep! Beep! Deliveries is an indie arcade game developed by Team Pesky and feels like a mix between Crazy Taxi and Frogger. As part of a summer job, you deliver stuff for your Uncle Bub on Dawn Island. However, this game is far weirder and more fun than you’d think delivering random nonsense to the town’s local residents Muffintops, Sleepy Wizard, 8-bit, Vibes, and Jiggy would be.
So why is it so much fun?
If you’re looking for a game with a story, this isn’t it. But don’t worry, the game doesn’t really need one and it’s clear that a complex narrative was never what it was going for and would have only gotten in the way of the quick pick-up-and-play nature of it. In short, the king’s not very nice and you’re just trying to do your summer job.
Run a few deliveries and have a laugh. There’s little more to the game than that. The gameplay is simple; pick what you’re going to deliver and then deliver it. You won’t need to spend hours working out what you’re supposed to be doing, after all.
The simple controls mean both experienced and inexperienced players alike can enjoy it. You accelerate, brake, steer, and beep your horn to temporarily stop all the traffic, that’s it! You don’t need to have been born with a controller in your hand or spend every minute of your free time playing games to get the hang of it.
The difficulty comes from the game and not the controls, making it accessible to all types of player. However, you’re going to have to accept that you are never going to look like you’re good at this game, even if you are.
Beep! Beep! Deliveries is challenging enough for advanced players to have to stop and think about whether they’re going to fly across that junction or not and easy enough to control that a cautious amateur will still be able to play and enjoy it.
The art and aesthetics are really cool and appealing and the in-game visuals are clear. However, there are certain elements of the HUD that seem to get in the way and the camera doesn’t respond very much to what you’re doing and how fast you’re going. I seem to spend a lot of the time thinking I could drive around faster if there weren’t HUD elements reducing my visibility to just a few metres ahead of me.
Beep! Beep! Deliveries blends simple controls and gameplay together in a way that makes it fun for everyone. Constantly failing in games can get frustrating but this is so full of charm that it’s really difficult to get annoyed. It’s challenging while being easy to pick up and rather funny.
The game is available for PS4 and I’d love to see it on other platforms!