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Spotlight on Indie #8: A Look at B.U.T.T.O.N., Today's Best Party Game

by: David Sanchez ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Never has a party game managed to captivate on any conceivable level quite like B.U.T.T.O.N.

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    The Party Game Genre Just Got Interesting Again

    B.U.T.T.O.N. is easily the best party game to come along in years. 

    It seems like forever ago that Bomberman was grabbing the attention of gamers looking to play something with a friend or group of friends. That game was quickly succeeded by Mario Party, which managed to claim the title of best party franchise for a number of years. The Nintendo Wii was soon host to numerous party collections, and the genre seemed to dissipate. Sure, it was still there, but it was so milked and so watered down that it was hardly exciting. Of course, that would change when indie developer Copenhagen Game Collective launched Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now, or B.U.T.T.O.N. for short.

    Simply put, B.U.T.T.O.N. is one of the most enjoyable video ga--no--experiences around. It fruitfully manages to cater to the video game crowd, all the while providing an intense, engaging activity for non-gamers as well. The end result is quite possibly one of the most memorable party games to come along in quite some time.

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    For Gamers? Of Course!

    The thing that makes B.U.T.T.O.N. stand out as a magnifcent title that any gamer can enjoy is its premise. Simply select the number of players, and prepare to perform all manner of actions as instructed to you by the game. It's a simple concept, but one that works effectively well because it's so much fun seeing what B.U.T.T.O.N. is going to make you do next. One moment you're instructed to pose like a ninja, only to be told to move like a robot the next. The game then has you run toward your Xbox 360 controllers or computer keyboard and press your respective button a certain number times, hold it down for a few seconds, or try and press another player's button.

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    For Non-Gamers? Definitely!

    While you may not have to follow directions, it is still a lot of fun doing so. 

    Of course, you don't actually have to perform these actions. There's no way for B.U.T.T.O.N. to monitor what you're doing, so this is where the "brutally unfair" part comes into play. This is also what makes B.U.T.T.O.N. one of the best games to play at a party with both gamers and non-gamers alike. The premise of this title is so simple and non-threatening that anyone can get into it. I can't stress enough the crazy amounts of fun I've had playing this game with my non-gaming friends. It's incredibly hectic, it's totally hilarious, and it's ridiculously fun.

    Part of what makes B.U.T.T.O.N. so much fun is the fact that it is so inviting. You can tell someone who normally wouldn't play video games, "Hey, you need to check this game out." They may be skeptical about it at first, but the moment they try it out, they quickly see that this video game is more a party experience than anything else. A great comparison was made by a friend of mine who said B.U.T.T.O.N. was a lot like a fun tabletop game that could be played at parties. Aside from the fact that this game is run on an Xbox 360 or PC, I couldn't agree more.

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    But It Is Still a Video Game

    While B.U.T.T.O.N. may very well be as close to a tabletop activity as video games can be, it is still a video game. Copenhagen Game Collective have managed to pour an immense amount of charm and style into the game--charm and style that are only found in video games. The presentation in B.U.T.T.O.N. is colorful, quirky, and simple, and it has an aesthetic glow to it that really gives it an awesome indie vibe. The sound is equally cheery, consisting of enjoyable tunes that are fun to listen to and at times evoke chuckles. So while the gameplay in B.U.T.T.O.N. could easily come right out of a cardboard box and present a stellar physical party activity, the presentation of the game helps you remember that you're playing a video game by one hell of a development team.

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    A Game for Everyone

    It is incredibly easy to get into the game and just have a blast playing. 

    Copenhagen Game Collective have set out to achieve something special with B.U.T.T.O.N. They have managed to intricately create one of the most compelling party games to come along since the first Mario Party on the Nintendo 64. And they have done so by making it one of the most approachable games to play at a party. I can't say if all of my friends would be willing to play something like Bomberman, but I can most certainly say that every single one of them would be willing to try out B.U.T.T.O.N. And after trying it out, I know they'd be hooked. It's just that damn awesome.