Note: The developer has said that this is an older demo, so this is not representative of the final product.
Boneko was made by Patchoid, a developer who has a few other games under his belt such as EVA: Battle for Survival. This game centres around a girl named Bony, who’s cat, Boneko has drunk a potion, and turned into a hat. A very basic story, something has happened to a loved one; go save them before it’s too late. The dialogue does lend helpful tips, giving both light comedic humour, and informative description at the same time.
The gameplay feels very hit and miss, especially with your controls. Running feels fine, but jumping just doesn’t feel with right Bony and Boneko, once the cat becomes a hat for Bony. Sorry. The jump arc feels very stiff, like every time I make a jump she feels a bit stiffer than I would like her to be, which makes platforming difficult. That’s is a shame in my opinion, as later on she gets a ground pound, which is fun to use against enemies when directly above them, but I can barely get above them as the stiff jump makes it feel worthless at times. She can also shoot balls of Yarn, which is awesome as it’s a quickfire technique that makes taking down certain enemies a piece of cake. However, this feels like it goes against the game’s setup.
This is your view of collectables. You have 8 of these lost and found toys, and 60 balls of yarn to collect, but I feel that the jump arc really hinders me from getting to some of these places. Isn’t the that goal of a collect-a-thon platformer? These are mostly for show value, so collect at your own risk. The game is styled like a metroidvania, and mostly takes place in a house, so while you are restricted to one area, I can say it is very pleasing to look at.
I would suggest that you should only play this demo if you really want to know more about the early development of this game. It’s being upgraded to unity, meaning that the game engine being used here(Game Maker) will differ in physics from the final product. This demo is charming and fun, but may alienate players with its new overhaul later on.