Stuffed delivers simple yet sweet wave defense mechanics inside a charming toy box aesthetic.
Stuffed is a wave defense shooter from Waving Bear Studio that puts players in control of a cute teddy bear defending a bedroom door from waves of nightmare creatures. While the gameplay loop is quite simple and repetitive, it provides a fun distraction for a few hours thanks to its charming aesthetic and steady stream of customization options to unlock.
The core mechanics see players equipped with household item-themed weapons like a skateboard launcher and soda cannon holding off waves of enemies spawning in from different points on procedurally generated maps. Players earn currency to unlock new areas, purchase upgrades, and level up between rounds, making incremental progress through randomly assembled levels. Additional gameplay modes like boss fights and multiplayer keep things varied, but the core defense gameplay remains straightforward.
Stuffed doesn't attempt to reinvent or deeply evolve the wave defense genre. You stand your ground, targeting enemies and surviving each onslaught using basic shooter skills. It's a simplistic and repetitive loop that loses steam after a few hours.
Where Stuffed offers more lasting charm is through its cute visual style and steady unlocks. Rendered like a child's stuffed animal collection come to life, the vibrant toy-like world is appealing to look at. There's a robust customization system allows for dressing up the bear character and altering weapon appearances with earnable skins and costumes.
For those after a mindless diversion with steady positive feedback, Stuffed provides light entertainment in short bursts as new items are acquired before its shallow gameplay grows tiring. Its uncomplicated nature makes it accessible, if ultimately shallow. But for casual players, the cheery presentation and steady customization goals make it an agreeable time waster over a couple relaxing hours. Just don't expect deep mechanics or longevity.
In the end, Stuffed delivers simple yet sweet wave defense mechanics inside a charming toy box aesthetic. It succeeds in providing brief fun, even if lackluster gameplay keeps it from being more than a small but agreeable time killer for those seeking some low-commitment shooting alongside steady customization pursuits. Thanks for reading!
The game was reviewed on a Series X using a promo copy provided by the developer. Stuffed is out now on PC and Xbox.