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"Amber Ashworth, if I had a nickel for every time this broad got me into trouble, I'd be neck-deep in nickels right now..."
-Ted E. Bear
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Bear With Me is an episodic point-and-click "horror" noir adventure from Exordium Games. A young girl named Amber wakes from a nightmare to discover her brother has gone missing. She enlists the help of her trusty partner, Hardboiled Detective wannabe Ted E. Bear, to go looking for him, but this is no ordinary adventure for them.

All three episodes are available on Steam and GOG

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  • Anti-Villain: The Red Man is actually trying to help Amber deal with her repressed memories. It just so happens that he does this by burning up a city that possibly isn't all in her head.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The game seems fond of this sort of joke.
    • A notable instance of this is when you find the "secret message" from one of the game developers. Amber and Ted decide they should never speak of it again.
  • But Thou Must!: Millie will insist you get Ted to go with you at the start of episode 1.
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  • City Noir: Paper City seems to be a Lighter and Softer version of a Noir city, everything is black and white and it always rains, the local politicians are corrupt and the police are incompetent.
  • Cliché Storm: Ted's narration is littered with these for comedic purposes.
  • Corrupt Politician: the mayor of Paper City is implied to be one by Ted in episode 2.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: To go along with the "film noir" vibe.
  • Film Noir: Intentionally tries to recreate this feel, especially when Ted narrates as a Hardboiled Detective.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Parodied. Ted drinks "carrot juice", but Amber isn't shy about teasing him about his drinking habits and telling others he's drunk. If you interact with a glass while playing as Ted he will even sarcastically tell the player about his favorite cocktail.
    • Amber: "He's fine... He's just... Sleepy and grumpy. And, like, totally not drunk..."
    • In later episodes Ted's drunkenness is treated more straightforwardly.
  • Hurricane of Puns: As if the Pun-Based Title didn't clue you in, the game's steam page lists this as a feature.
  • Living Toys: Most of the characters aside from Amber, her family, and the Red Man seem to be this.
    • The toys seem to fall into either "imaginary friend" or "I've got no Strings" on the Sliding Scale of Living Toys. Ted seemed very reluctant for Amber to go to her parents for help, and all of the stuffed animals hold Amber in the highest regard so it's unlikely they interact with anyone other than her and each other. There's also the line at the end of Episode One between Amber and Ted. Ted states that his old partner "grew up".
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    • At the same time, it's still clear the toys have complex inner lives without Amber, and there are even sections of the game where you play as Ted without Amber being present at all.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • It's never clear how real Paper City is; on the one hand, Amber being an artistic demigoddess to Paper City and the Red Man's actual goal of forcing her to cope with Flint's death imply it's All Just a Dream. On the other hand, dialogue from Ted, King and Mayor Mills implies Paper City is real, but can't prosper without a "Creator" playing in it.
    • The Red Man himself never gets identified; the only explanation you get is that his red torn cloth was actually torn off of a firefighter's shirt the day Flint died. Given the power Amber has, even if Paper City is real he might still be nothing but an aspect of her mind.
  • Running Gag: The paintings and lamps all get unique descriptions if clicked on. Every single one. Naturally, there's an achievement for clicking on all of them.
    • If you try to do this in later chapters, Ted calls you out on it, saying he doesn't want to look for all the lamps again.
  • Shout-Out: A few examples:
  • Splash of Color: Whenever the Red Man shows up. Also happens when Ted sees Flint's room in the real world, in full pastel colors no less.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Amber pulls Ted out of one at the start of the game.
  • Those Two Guys: The Mugshot Brothers, Jimmy and Jon-Jon.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: When Amber picks a lock with a rusty nail, Ted complains about lazy writing.
  • Your Mom: In Episode 2 Ted plays a question and answer game to try and trick information out of someone. He has the option to sarcastically answer "Your mom?" to every question about a person. The final question, of course, is "If your uncle's sister is not your aunt, who is she?"
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