enviro-steveIt seems like only yesterday that Enviro-Bear 2010 [App Store] first appeared on our forums, met with skepticism and confusion.

Several brave forum members decided to take the plunge and experience what it feels like playing as a bear, driving a car, desperately searching for food to survive through the winter. Since then, Enviro-Bear-mania has been spreading across the Internet at an alarming rate between iPhone blogs and near constant Twitter chatter.

Reviews on iTunes have been overwhelmingly positive, and as of this evening, Enviro-Bear 2010 is sitting at a solid 4.5 star rating, with 92 players reporting in at 5 stars, and 14 confused people who must have meant to hit 5 but accidentally hit some other number when submitting a review.

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Some select iTunes reviews successfully capture the spirit of the game:

This game perfectly captures the ennui of daily life in a modern post-industrial society juxtaposed with the simplicity and beauty of the natural world, bringing both into sharp focus and triggering a new level of understanding of our place in the universe. Plus it's a frickin' BEAR driving a car!! -- DFSDave

My friends all play nothing but one-armed bear sims. I just couldn't get into the genre. UNTIL NOW!!! The innovative rabid badger feature is exactly what one-armed driving bear sims need. I'm hooked! I'll be deleting every other game from my iPhone. And all my contacts and calendar events for good measure -- M A 4

As a practicing bear biologist in Yellowstone National park, I can state with authority that Enviro-Bear 2010 is the most accurate software representation of the plight of the modern bear. Bravo, Mr. Smith. Bravo. -- RAFontaine

Sure I [spent] all my time learning about the behavior of bears who only have access to one paw while driving a car instead of studying for the MCATs. But what I got in return was something priceless. It can only be described as enlightenment. -- Gotgame327

Since our first look at Enviro-Bear 2010, the game has seen unparalleled levels of popularity (well, compared to all other bear driving simulators). Yesterday the game was featured by Apple, and by this morning Enviro-Bear 2010 had shot up the top 100 game charts. All of these things take a back seat to being featured on this evening's episode of G4's Attack of the Show:

The future of Enviro-Bear was shrouded in mystery up until a few moments ago when developer Justin Smith posted on our forums to announce the creation of the official Enviro-Bear 2010 Twitter feed (@EnviroBearCorp) and hint at future updates.

The first of which is said to be a boring update, but the second may bring about a new era of bear driving simulators with the addition of exploding bees and time traveling chainsaws. "Oh the possibilities!", Smith writes.

Mr. Smith, the entire internet awaits updates to your magnum opus.

App Store Link: Enviro-Bear 2010, 99¢

  • Dark NRG

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THAT'S SACRILEGE TO SUPER IMPOSE THAT ON STEVES iPHONE, TOO!

    • http://www.discoverychannel.com Ape lover

      only snobs cheer these type of ugliness...

      • Dark NRG

        Good point! So... Degas or Picasso bear??

  • Dark NRG

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THAT'S SACRILEGE TO SUPER IMPOSE THAT ON STEVES iPHONE, TOO!

    • http://www.discoverychannel.com Ape lover

      only snobs cheer these type of ugliness...

      • Dark NRG

        Good point! So... Degas or Picasso bear??

  • 'Jeep

    bit scared, for a second I thought that picture was real! I will NOT by into the hype! lol

  • 'Jeep

    bit scared, for a second I thought that picture was real! I will NOT by into the hype! lol

  • John B.

    This makes me sad for underrated and underpriced $0.99 apps.

  • John B.

    This makes me sad for underrated and underpriced $0.99 apps.

  • WeirdingWay

    reminds me of that driving stage on parappa

  • WeirdingWay

    reminds me of that driving stage on parappa

  • Yog Shoggoth

    Props for the photoshop job :)

    • brüno

      what if the made it in ms paint?

    • sticktron

      it's a lousy Photoshop job, actually

  • Yog Shoggoth

    Props for the photoshop job :)

    • brüno

      what if the made it in ms paint?

    • sticktron

      it's a lousy Photoshop job, actually

  • preacher

    praise the lord as he arrives as a bear driver

  • preacher

    praise the lord as he arrives as a bear driver

  • Joo

    This game is so funny. I wish it had better controls, though. As funny as it is, if you can't control it it just becomes frustrating and un-replayable.

    • Ahiru

      yup, game's funny as heck, but not that fun at all... i could only play it for a few minutes, but i agree they were well spent!

    • pinachina

      I bet it'd be frustrating as crap to drive a car if you were a bear! I think the controls are laughable on purpose! Whenever I play this game, I feel the frustration the bear must be going through.

    • Mike

      I don't have a lot of patience for games, so I only played it for like 10 seconds before I was just yeahhhhh no thanks. Haven't played it since.

  • Joo

    This game is so funny. I wish it had better controls, though. As funny as it is, if you can't control it it just becomes frustrating and un-replayable.

    • Ahiru

      yup, game's funny as heck, but not that fun at all... i could only play it for a few minutes, but i agree they were well spent!

    • pinachina

      I bet it'd be frustrating as crap to drive a car if you were a bear! I think the controls are laughable on purpose! Whenever I play this game, I feel the frustration the bear must be going through.

    • Mike

      I don't have a lot of patience for games, so I only played it for like 10 seconds before I was just yeahhhhh no thanks. Haven't played it since.

  • coconutbowling

    Controls are spot on. This is a bear-drvining simulation. Bears don't drive cars. It's not supposed to be easy.

  • coconutbowling

    Controls are spot on. This is a bear-drvining simulation. Bears don't drive cars. It's not supposed to be easy.

  • Jimbo

    "OS 3.0 required for this application" = NO SALE

  • Jimbo

    "OS 3.0 required for this application" = NO SALE

  • Adams Immersive

    Wow, looks like I've had my first review "posted" on TouchArcade :) (I'm M A 4.) I'd like to thank, mom, dad, and rabid badgers.

  • Adams Immersive

    Wow, looks like I've had my first review "posted" on TouchArcade :) (I'm M A 4.) I'd like to thank, mom, dad, and rabid badgers.

  • Greg

    I’m thinking that most, if not all of the positive reviews on iTunes were meant as a joke... I mean... come on. The controls are horrible, the graphics are horrible. It's a sad day when an app like this can gain notoriety simply because of how incredibly bad it is. I’d say IMO, but in this case, I’m thinking its not warranted.

    • Big Albie

      I tend to agree. While I'm all for fun and games, I don't think this deserved another TA article. Not for lack of effort from the dev, but this is really a game of mediocrity especially when you look at the better games out there that don't get coverage.

    • Adams Immersive

      It's not funny because it's a failure, the way a bad movie can gain a cult following.

      It's actually GOOD and achieves exactly what it intends and claims to. It's a hilarious parody in an intentionally "bad" visual style that people clearly see before they buy.

      Easily worth 99 cents. And not JUST for the humor. That's 2/3 of it and is a perfectly fine kind of value to offer. But they gameplay is also unique, fun, and even has some subtleties to it. It's not a game I'll play for hours on end, but it's a game I'll keep enjoying for a few minutes from time to time.

      • Big Albie

        I understand the support of the "failure/fun" of the this, but my point was that this wasn't worth two articles on the front page.

      • Dark NRG

        IMO you're giving the game/dev too much credit/benefit of the doubt.
        I think it is what it is. Now, on with the show, again, Im in PGH, and this cat, er bear, GOT his Warhol's 15min of fame dude....

  • Greg

    I’m thinking that most, if not all of the positive reviews on iTunes were meant as a joke... I mean... come on. The controls are horrible, the graphics are horrible. It's a sad day when an app like this can gain notoriety simply because of how incredibly bad it is. I’d say IMO, but in this case, I’m thinking its not warranted.

    • Big Albie

      I tend to agree. While I'm all for fun and games, I don't think this deserved another TA article. Not for lack of effort from the dev, but this is really a game of mediocrity especially when you look at the better games out there that don't get coverage.

    • Adams Immersive

      It's not funny because it's a failure, the way a bad movie can gain a cult following.

      It's actually GOOD and achieves exactly what it intends and claims to. It's a hilarious parody in an intentionally "bad" visual style that people clearly see before they buy.

      Easily worth 99 cents. And not JUST for the humor. That's 2/3 of it and is a perfectly fine kind of value to offer. But they gameplay is also unique, fun, and even has some subtleties to it. It's not a game I'll play for hours on end, but it's a game I'll keep enjoying for a few minutes from time to time.

      • Big Albie

        I understand the support of the "failure/fun" of the this, but my point was that this wasn't worth two articles on the front page.

      • Dark NRG

        IMO you're giving the game/dev too much credit/benefit of the doubt.
        I think it is what it is. Now, on with the show, again, Im in PGH, and this cat, er bear, GOT his Warhol's 15min of fame dude....

  • rytrasmi

    Most of us would pay $10 for a couple of laughs at a movie. I haven't laughed this hard in a long, long time, and it only cost 1/10th of that.

    Enviro-bear is about comedy and having fun, not gameplay or graphics.

    In a sense it is a joke, but a damn funny one and well worth 99 cents.

    • Dark NRG

      I'll tell you a knock knock joke for free, and you'll get the same amount of laughs..

      • MidianGTX

        No offense, but I doubt that. Knock knock jokes? In 2009?

  • rytrasmi

    Most of us would pay $10 for a couple of laughs at a movie. I haven't laughed this hard in a long, long time, and it only cost 1/10th of that.

    Enviro-bear is about comedy and having fun, not gameplay or graphics.

    In a sense it is a joke, but a damn funny one and well worth 99 cents.

    • Dark NRG

      I'll tell you a knock knock joke for free, and you'll get the same amount of laughs..

      • MidianGTX

        No offense, but I doubt that. Knock knock jokes? In 2009?

  • Bob

    Well, why doesn't the bear just stop the car and eat a few pedestrians. Seems like a pretty dumb bear to me.

  • Bob

    Well, why doesn't the bear just stop the car and eat a few pedestrians. Seems like a pretty dumb bear to me.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

    It's not just a joke to me. It's not just a so bad it's good thing for me, either. I found the gameplay immediately frustrating but strangely intriguing and ultimately a challenge and satisfying.

    The game is in overcoming the limitations and cramped physics. Just because people expect to drive a car around by tilting the iPhone or pushing a little analog stick, doesn't mean that something more complex can't be a fun challenge.

    No apologies from me for liking it. :)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

    It's not just a joke to me. It's not just a so bad it's good thing for me, either. I found the gameplay immediately frustrating but strangely intriguing and ultimately a challenge and satisfying.

    The game is in overcoming the limitations and cramped physics. Just because people expect to drive a car around by tilting the iPhone or pushing a little analog stick, doesn't mean that something more complex can't be a fun challenge.

    No apologies from me for liking it. :)

  • Aethereal

    menuda puta mierda. Enserio, esto no es de coña?

  • Aethereal

    menuda puta mierda. Enserio, esto no es de coña?

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

    ...and I get that it's not everyone's cup of tea.

    I do have to disagree with the haters a bit. This is not a no-effort 99 cent game. It has retro old school graphics and a goofy premise and the gameplay is not for everyone, especially people who are easily turned off by frustration from difficulty.

    That doesn't make it "shovelware" or do damage to the game market. You can't make a game like this with its strange charm over a weekend and expect success.

    Just sayin'.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

    ...and I get that it's not everyone's cup of tea.

    I do have to disagree with the haters a bit. This is not a no-effort 99 cent game. It has retro old school graphics and a goofy premise and the gameplay is not for everyone, especially people who are easily turned off by frustration from difficulty.

    That doesn't make it "shovelware" or do damage to the game market. You can't make a game like this with its strange charm over a weekend and expect success.

    Just sayin'.

  • MacksonJackson

    Astrosaurus just put up an interview with the developer, check it out: http://tr.im/svww

  • MacksonJackson

    Astrosaurus just put up an interview with the developer, check it out: http://tr.im/svww

  • http://torley.com Torley

    The game is an advanced psychological test to filter in sublime senses of humor. Those who pass shall be reincarnated as driving bears in the sequel, "Enviro-Bear 3010: Bearing It All", which I hear includes bonus stages with penguin-catching and bamboo-walloping. (And the haters failed.)

  • http://torley.com Torley

    The game is an advanced psychological test to filter in sublime senses of humor. Those who pass shall be reincarnated as driving bears in the sequel, "Enviro-Bear 3010: Bearing It All", which I hear includes bonus stages with penguin-catching and bamboo-walloping. (And the haters failed.)

  • sdf

    This is how great the games are on the iphone

  • sdf

    This is how great the games are on the iphone