Tanaka’s Friendly Adventure is a sweet game from ‘bento_smile’. The basic premise is that you have four directions to travel in, and any combination of directions will cause friends to appear on the grasslands around Tanaka. At the end of each play, Tanaka takes these characters to a Party Room, where you can see which ones you’ve met and some extra information about them. Paulo for instance is a dog who enjoys both laundry and that most delectable of snacks; The Eccles Cake.
There isn’t much more to it than that, and there really doesn’t need to be. The friends are reason enough to search for them, each one being an eccentric character filled with a suprising amount of charm for such minor development. Think of it as a petting zoo for pixels, perhaps..
An interesting, and especially brave, first game. I’m sure it’ll meet some criticism for being very simplistic, but I think it’s a solid foundation for some great things.