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Bear Simulator is a thing. I must have it.

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Not long ago I asked you if you’d ever wondered what it would be like to exist as a goat. That was because there was, unbelievably, a Goat simulator game in the works. Animal simulators seem to be something people want, because now you can live out your digital fantasies as a bear.

That’s the promise of Farjay Studios’ Bear Simulator, which they’re trying to get Kickstarter funding for.

“You play in FPB (First Person Bear) and do bear things which include exploring, eating fish and plants, striking down anything that dare stand before your might, increasing your stats, sleeping and discovering mysteries of your forest home.

TL;DR – It’s like a mini Skyrim but you’re a bear,” says the Kickstarter page.

And here’s what it looks like in action.

These guys seem like they’re capable of making decent games. That looks serviceable. But why a game where you play as a damned bear?

“A few games in the past got it right and have been rewarded with universal praise, notably Banjo-Kazooie and EnviroBear, but there hasn’t been many solid, somewhat realistic bear simulation games (if at all). That’s where this comes in.

Sure it may seem like a “dumb idea” or a “really dumb idea” but you can’t honestly tell me you’ve never secretly wanted to be a bear wandering around the forest. That’s just an outright lie.”

As for why the bear is walking about on two legs all the time (which is a thing bears are capable of but prefer not to do)?

Contrary to the screenshots and trailer, your bear in Bear Simulator won’t be walking around on two legs all the time. In the fully featured game you’ll spend most of your time crawling around and leaping about like an actual bear.

The constant “bipedal/two-leg mode” was used for a few reasons, for one it makes it easy to test things, second, it gives a good idea on how your bear would interact with stuff and lastly, I didn’t want to animate and program everything with a placeholder bear model.

What next? If anything, I’d want a Mantis Shrimp simulator, because Mantis Shrimp are badass.

Last Updated: March 19, 2014

88 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 19, 2014 at 13:06

    No. I CAN honestly tell you I’ve never wanted to, secretly or otherwise, be a bear wandering around a forest.

    What I can also not secretly tell you is that I’m, as a human, wondering WTF.

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    • Spathi

      March 19, 2014 at 13:07

      I want a lion sim! That would be awesome!

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      • Mike

        March 19, 2014 at 15:58

        That might be close to a Hentai type game. Considering what lions do a lot during the day.

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    • Jedi JJ

      March 19, 2014 at 13:21

      Being a squirrel must be great though.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 13:31

        Not in TF2! *run*

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 19, 2014 at 13:56

          Don’t remind me… filthy alienz

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 19, 2014 at 13:31

        It is!

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        • Jedi JJ

          March 19, 2014 at 13:32

          I’m not very knowledgeable in Vampyre Squirrels though. Probably a bit more of dark game.

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 19, 2014 at 13:50

            Nosferatu: Squirrely Wrath was pretty dark…

          • Jedi JJ

            March 19, 2014 at 13:56

            O_O

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 19, 2014 at 14:08

            Don’t go Googling that… it’s an underground squirrel game… only Squirrely Wrath you’ll find is by Foamy The Squirrel

    • Kensei Seraph

      March 19, 2014 at 13:43

      That’s probably because we don’t get bears here in Southern Africa.

      You’ve probably imagined yourself as a lion or something similiar.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 13:46

        Nope. I’ve never imagined myself as any kind of animal, other than the one I currently am.

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        • Kensei Seraph

          March 19, 2014 at 13:48

          Well you’re currently impersonating a human, so maybe that counts instead?

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 19, 2014 at 14:26

      Oh come on, you don’t really mean that now do you?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 14:39

        Yes I do. 100% serial bru.

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        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 19, 2014 at 14:43

          More of a dear hunter kindda guy?

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          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 14:47

            Tehehehe

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 14:56

            No pic @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus What is this then?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 19, 2014 at 14:48

            *deer. And no.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 14:51

            Haha! I knew the misspelling would get you to come back and see the pic! WIN!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 19, 2014 at 14:54

            Not really, there’s no pic. FAIL.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 14:56

            Yes there is. So fail back 😛 I even put it as a reply to mine so you wouldn’t see it in your notifications 😛

  2. CrasH

    March 19, 2014 at 13:07

    to not have this game would be unbearable…

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    • Spathi

      March 19, 2014 at 13:11

      Especially when looking at the grisly gameplay!

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      • CrasH

        March 19, 2014 at 13:21

        Just remeber to keep your bearings, else you might get lost in the forest.

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        • Kensei Seraph

          March 19, 2014 at 13:41

          Just remember that the moss always grows on the north side of the tree.

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  3. Spathi

    March 19, 2014 at 13:09

    Motherfricken Carl Lewis bear at 1:24! Shit just got real yoh!

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  4. Mossel

    March 19, 2014 at 13:10

    Dat Mantis Shrimp! O_O

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  5. Mossel

    March 19, 2014 at 13:10

    Im bearly interested in this.

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    • Jedi JJ

      March 19, 2014 at 13:22

      To some it’s a bear necessity.

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      • Lourens Jordaan

        March 19, 2014 at 13:34

        Stop it, this is unbearable!

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 13:36

        sigh.

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        • Jedi JJ

          March 19, 2014 at 13:44

          Hey. I’m very busy today. So my brain is fried, at least I stop by every now and then to make a terrible comment. (you should be glad you weren’t on the boat with the AC release, I had some terrible jokes)

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  6. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 19, 2014 at 13:12

    Infect a Mantis Shrimp with the T-Virus 0_0

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    • El Capitan del Blade

      March 19, 2014 at 13:14

      how bout nope….

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  7. Andre116

    March 19, 2014 at 13:14

    But can you take a dump in the woods?

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    • El Capitan del Blade

      March 19, 2014 at 13:15

      If that’s not a feature, This game is pointless…

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      • Andre116

        March 19, 2014 at 13:20

        Hibernation also better be in there.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 19, 2014 at 13:30

          With realistic time measurements. Otherwise it’s just not a simulator.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 19, 2014 at 13:17

      And wipe with a raccoon?

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      • Andre116

        March 19, 2014 at 13:18

        That will be part of the DLC.

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  8. Hammersteyn

    March 19, 2014 at 13:17

    Picnic baskets!

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    • CrasH

      March 19, 2014 at 13:23

      Remeber to prevent forest fires.

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    • Jedi JJ

      March 19, 2014 at 13:24

      Screw the baskets, eat the people.

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 19, 2014 at 13:33

      *Yogi Voice* Come on Boo-Boo! Let’s get us some picnic baskets!!!

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 19, 2014 at 13:40

        I think it’s pronounced “pic-a-nic baskets” but I never really watched that so I could be wrong.

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 19, 2014 at 13:50

          Good point… I’ll fix it

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  9. Rags

    March 19, 2014 at 13:22

    Next: Honey Badger simulator, or Great White Shark Simulator.

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  10. Kromas

    March 19, 2014 at 13:23

    A goat yes,An alien yes, A cheeseburger yes. NEVER A BEAR!

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  11. CrasH

    March 19, 2014 at 13:26

    Need a mosquito similator, where you dodge spider webs, lizzards and varies other preditors and try and suck blood from human by infiltrating the house and avoiiding doom spray and hand swats and zappers.

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    • CrasH

      March 19, 2014 at 13:27

      the longer you live the more power ups you get.
      like blink cause i am sure all of the ones in my house have the ability.
      stealth, noise reduction, faster sucking, more agility…

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      • Andre116

        March 19, 2014 at 13:29

        You are forgetting the skill where they seem to become immune to poison.

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      • Jedi JJ

        March 19, 2014 at 13:31

        This could work…Now just add some GTA V style multiplayer and you’ve got a hit.

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 19, 2014 at 14:06

          Mozzies can’t play golf though… well not to our knowledge.

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          • Jedi JJ

            March 19, 2014 at 14:11

            They probably don’t need helicopters either.

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      March 19, 2014 at 13:29

      That…that could work.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 20, 2014 at 11:12

      And you get points by filling an “annoyance metre” by buzzing around a human’s ear just for fun 😀

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      • CrasH

        March 20, 2014 at 11:15

        And you can suck blood from rats and other animals and it changes your blood to make the bites more itchy so you get more points but the humans react faster

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        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          March 20, 2014 at 16:34

          And you can suck blood from a dinosaur in the Jurassic, then get caught in amber, then a scientist extracts your blood, then they build a dinosaur, then.. The sequel

          DINOSAUR SIMULATOR!

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  12. Kensei Seraph

    March 19, 2014 at 13:31

    I’ve never imagined being a bear and wandering around the forest, although I have imagined being a leopard and a cheetah.

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  13. Lourens Jordaan

    March 19, 2014 at 13:32

    Oh yeah, the Matis shrimp. I love those things.

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  14. Kromas

    March 19, 2014 at 13:33

    Will this answer the age old question “Does a bear crap in the woods?”

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    • SheHulkNigri

      March 19, 2014 at 14:10

      Winnie the Pooh?

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  15. Rock789

    March 19, 2014 at 13:40

    That’s it… The end is nigh… Repent all!!!

    **runs to nuclear shelter in basement**

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    • Jedi JJ

      March 19, 2014 at 13:48

      I’m personally going to a fallout vault. I’ve heard some great things about them.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 19, 2014 at 13:50

        I’ve heard some pretty terrible things about them as well.
        Things like vaults automatically opening long before it’s safe.

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        • ToshZA

          March 19, 2014 at 13:54

          And so America was born.

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          • Jedi JJ

            March 19, 2014 at 13:57

            lol

        • Jedi JJ

          March 19, 2014 at 13:57

          I just hope I land up in a vault sponsored by a wine company.

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      • Rock789

        March 19, 2014 at 13:59

        What?! No no no… Vaults are for Elitists… Us commoners stick to nuclear shelters in basements…

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        • Jedi JJ

          March 19, 2014 at 14:00

          Ah crap. Will start digging tonight then.

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  16. ToshZA

    March 19, 2014 at 13:43

    I actually want to see a Zero Punctuation review of this.

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  17. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 19, 2014 at 13:45

    Well that is a different interpretation to the Second Amendment O_o

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  18. RinceIsIngwer

    March 19, 2014 at 14:11

    What did I just read? This is what ‘indie’ is becoming? Taking concepts from big games like Skyrim, then changing an element? next we’ll have Mario as a fucking hedgehog! Oh, yeah…

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    • SheHulkNigri

      March 19, 2014 at 14:12

      Randy the Hedgehog?

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      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 19, 2014 at 14:13

        Your version sounds better than the one I played…

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        • SheHulkNigri

          March 19, 2014 at 14:17

          “You think Sonic was fast. ‘Stick’ around for a Randy quicky. Coming on your Xbox and PS 2015”

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          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 14:25

            Whoa, time to give up gaming!

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      March 19, 2014 at 14:33

      I played this. I love bootlegs.

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  19. Gavin Mannion

    March 19, 2014 at 14:39

    Never ever wanted to act out a bears life… still have no desire

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    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      March 19, 2014 at 14:47

      But who wouldn’t want to be a bear after this?

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  20. Cabbit

    March 19, 2014 at 14:44

    Can’t say I’m really interested, but with the mantis shrimp then I might part with my money. But I wonder if eating those mushrooms and seeing bigfoot are mutually exclusive?

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  21. Captain Hobbit Popper

    March 19, 2014 at 15:16

    What is the point to this?

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  22. hrarosys

    March 19, 2014 at 15:51

    hi i am new in disqus

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  23. Anon A Mouse

    March 19, 2014 at 16:05

    I’ll try hibernation mode on this.

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  24. Anon A Mouse

    March 19, 2014 at 16:06

    Geoff’s probably going to play as pedobear.

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  25. Gareth L (That Guy)

    March 19, 2014 at 23:26

    Velociraptor Simulator next, please.

    Otherwise some kind of a CTF with all kind of forest creatures.

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