Not a lot of people are great at time management.
There just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything we need to do. Even if you have a to-do list, time is bound to get away from you. Bob Help Them, from developer Gagonfe, Delta and Rhowsl, has players managing their time the best they can while completing tasks for folks that need some help.
Bob Help Them is very simplistic. Created with pixel art, the game’s characters are colourful and bounce happily in their little world. There aren’t any monsters to fight against here; there’s no conflict at all, in fact. Your goal is simply to help your fellow neighbour. On each level, Bob is tasked with helping a number of people complete chores and you only have a few minutes to do so.
As you’d expect, things start out very easy. The first level gives players eight minutes to complete just a couple of tasks – collecting wood and apples for two people. Later levels will have you collecting eggs and frying them, mining ore, petting dogs and more. No matter what your task is, you’ll primarily use just one button; holding it down gets whatever task at hand done.
Due to its time constraint Bob Help Them isn’t as relaxing as it claims to be. You have to do a lot of multitasking and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a good chunk of your time trying to find the people that gave you your quests in the first place. But there’s something satisfying about completing each task and trying to complete them as quickly as possible.
While Bob Help Them isn’t hardcore or difficult to complete, it’s a great game to help younger players learn the importance of time management. There’s no violence, no crude language; just a regular guy helping out his neighbours. It’s very simplistic, enjoyable and a perfectly fine adventure for those that want something easy.
Bob Help Them is available now on Nintendo Switch and PC.