In Slow Down, Bull by Insomniac Games, Esteban the bull is a moody artist on a mission. He’s a sensitive bull who likes to collect art materials like buttons and googly eyes. He enjoys calming himself in cool ponds. But when things don’t go his way or you exhaust this purple bull, watch out: Esteban goes on a destructive rampage! It’s your job to keep Esteban calm, steady, and cool so he doesn’t freak out. He’ll literally bounce off the walls.
In a visual style that’s Monet meets a 1970s picture book (think cool greens, popsicle sticks, and construction paper grass), Slow Down, Bull is fun, delightfully quirky, and challenging enough to keep you keeping Esteban off the edge. You think a basic left-right control is easy? Tell stressed-out Esteban that, especially when there’s a timer. Speed up, bull!
Slow Down, Bull is perfect for the casual gamer, whether you’re looking for some fast-paced fun or an artful distraction with a psychological bent. Plus, part of the proceeds from this family-friendly game go to Starlight Children’s Foundation! The only addition I would want is a Xanax mode, where you and Esteban just stroll unhurriedly through the arty screenscape, calmly collecting buttons and baubles. Use the mouse, touchpad, controller, or keyboard to keep Esteban—and yourself—off the edge. Beautiful, pure fun.
For another perspective on Slow Down, Bull, check out this review by Pop Culture Beast’s resident gamer, Jason Arriola.
Kari Tervo enjoys pop culture as a universal language. Sorry, Esperanto and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: Bieber wins. She’s not sure if she’s supposed to be writing about herself in the first or third person right now, so she’s going to act like someone does this kind of work for her. Why ruin the mystique?
Kari reviews zines for Pop Culture Beast in her regular column, Blog Zine. She also provides pop culture opinion and analysis about whatever she gets the urge to write about.