“Baba Please Don’t Eat Me” Updates the Formula of Witch-Eats-Child in Unexpected Ways
The title and opening screen make it sound like a horror game, but to my surprise, Baba Please Don’t Eat Me is actually quite funny. A young boy approaches the mysterious and hungry Baba Yaga for reasons of his own. Impatient, she threatens to eat him unless he makes himself useful…so he does, plugging the router in, doing her taxes for her, etc. Yes, that’s right–Baba Yaga might be a frightening old witch out of legend, she might travel in a house on chicken legs, but the key word in that description is “old.” Baba Yaga is as baffled by technology as your grandmother, though unlike your relatives (I hope) she has no problems eating you for disrespecting her.
A silly and quick point-and-click made for Adventure Jam, Baba Please Don’t Eat Me won’t be winning any awards for profundity or even clever dialogue any time soon. However, that’s not its point. As a riff on an old story, it’s cute and light, taking only a few minutes to click through, though death lurks around some fairly obvious corners.
Moral of the story: when poking around a witch’s house, maybe don’t click on the tentacle in the cupboard. Also, seriously, don’t talk back to her or call her old.