Whether you love him or hate him, Naughty Bear is back with an all-new Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network game. The adorably destructive teddy bear that first made a name for himself in the 2010 game where he played the titular role, has returned, this time to ruin some vacations. Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise sends Naughty to a series of different relaxing retreats all for the same reason – to exact revenge for not being invited to come along. Sure, it's a silly plot, but it's a great reason to watch stuffed teddy bears beat the fluff out of each other.
The other bears that are spending some time off, trying to catch up on some rest and relaxation on Paradise Island are never going to know what hit them once Naughty shows up. Taking place over the course of 30 missions at eleven different, expanding locations throughout the island, Panic in Paradise builds on the groundwork that was laid by its predecessor, and manages to make this game even bigger, even though it is strictly a digital release. Each section of the game is close to the size of the original Naughty Bear, meaning that you'll have a lot more ground to cover and explore this time around.
While a lot has changed, the core mechanics of the game have stayed the same. Sneak around in the bushes striking terror into the cotton filled hearts of your peers, until the time to strike is right, and then figure out the best way to take them out. There's a host of new environmental kills this time around, if that's you're kind of thing, or you can go straight up hand-to-hand with most of your enemies and take advantage of Panic in Paradise's new combos, special attacks and ultra kills. Remember, Naughty doesn't like guns, so you won't be blasting away any bears unless NB strips your foes' weapon and turns it around on them, promptly destroying the hardware once he's done with it. In short, there are a lot of ways to kill those other bears; you just need to be creative.
This time around Naughty has a lot to do in addition to bear hunting. Unlocking and upgrading six different types of costume items will keep players changing and customizing their clothes to up their skills frequently, especially when they need just a little extra boost to clear out a level. Speaking of clearing out levels, the bosses in Panic in Paradise offer up an extra bit of challenge, since this time around, Naughty has to kill each of them a certain way. Some may need to be taken out using something specific in the environment, others may require you to be wearing a certain mask to be able to approach them, and other still can only take damage with a certain weapon.
Fans of the original Naughty Bear definitely have something to look forward to in Panic In Paradise, since the sequel is really just a lot more of what they enjoyed in the first game. Newcomers to the series will hopefully be drawn in by the ridiculous brutality of the game, and be won over by the subtle humor and over the top nature of the gameplay. Besides, how many games let you rip teddy bears apart to shreds? Not many. Not many at all.