We Happy Few (Game Preview)

We Happy Few (Game Preview)

Gearbox Publishing
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This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time or release as a final product. Purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game. We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. In this alternative 1960s England, conformity is key. You’ll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules. Discover the retrofuturistic city’s dark history as you play through the intertwined narratives of three quietly rebellious citizens of Wellington Wells. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses as they face their pasts, prepare for the future, and engage in activities that aren’t exactly status quo in the artificially enthused society. Save 15% when you pre-purchase We Happy Few, and get instant access to the game's alpha. This allows you to experience the introduction to Arthur's narrative, explore a portion of the procedurally generated world, collect and craft items, and choose how you’ll interact with members of the Joy-obsessed society through stealth, combat, or conformity across a handful of the game’s unique events. Plus, get the exclusive in-game Jolly Brolly weapon at launch. There’s a definite chance of pain when using this weaponized umbrella, complete with advanced blocking capabilities and trippy psychedelic interior. Full details on the latest status of the game, how you can give feedback and report issues can be found at www.wehappyfewgame.com.

Available on

Xbox One

Xbox One

Additional info

Published by
Gearbox Publishing

Release date

Approximate download size
6.86 GB

  • Age rating
  • Entertainment Software Rating Board

    Mature 17+


    Sexual Themes

    Strong Language


Install on your home Xbox One console plus have access when you’re connected to your Microsoft account.

Additional terms
Xbox Live code of conduct

Seizure warnings
Photosensitive seizure warning

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I just read another review about how the game "has no story" and how difficult it is to survive without clean food/nexamide pills, and it made me feel compelled to write my own. This is an alpha game. It isn't intended to be perfect. In purchasing this in game preview, you're supposed to communicate with the developers to help them make improvements. Some of the issues have already seen change. You can go a decent amount of time between trips to your safe house, and eating/drinking are a manageable challenge. It is already noted that the main story line(s) is left out of the game preview, but the bit that has been implemented introduces you to the world quite well. I only grow more fond of it each time I play. ❤

634 out of 671 people found this helpful.

An Alternate universe...

First thing is the game has a fantastic art style. Very much inspired by the pyschadelic 60's. Also the setting is brilliant. 1964 in an english town known only as wellington wells. The law is take pills that make you happy. These are called Joy pills.Like prescription drugs but has an LSD effect on people and is enforced that you take your Joy or you're a criminal and will be hunted like a dog if you are caught.The story is still being developed but there is a very nice introduction to show the player the world you are in.Now the game has it's bugs like buildings awkwardly placed in the city and people floating on air but the game is coming along.After all this is a very small team working on the game.Compulsion Games has come a long way and they are still constantly working on the game.This game can be fantastic and absolutely great if the community supports the game and Compulsion works as hard as they can.Otherwise the game is fantastic.Go and buy this game and support Compulsion.

339 out of 359 people found this helpful.


This game is a nice take on modern society, and I do enjoy it for what it is. Only, it IS in alpha, and I recommend you play the trial first. Many bugs can and may occur, but that's what happens in alpha builds, so I only judge this game for it is all together. The intro is an easy way to get pulled in, but after a while the game may seem a bit tedious. It has a great story and it combines survival and story elements to create an awsome game. I recommend this to people who like survival games. I rate 4/5 joy pills.

247 out of 263 people found this helpful.

A Hidden Gem

It's creative and a real challenge. You're dropped in aworld with limited resources, aggressive and demented characters, with one objective, ESCAPE. As you go thourgh the main story it's easy to get sidetracked with side quest as well as resourse gathering. It can become very dangerous, especially if you start getting into brawls as not just health is your only concern, you have hunger, thirst, and sleep to worry about. The real challenge is in the premadeath. I've lost a few great playthroughs to simple mistakes. If all this isn't hard enough the world will change when you start over, so everthing you found won't always be there. The story itself is icredibly well developed, with characters who immediatly catch you're attention. The story itself is worth enduring the punishment of the challenge. To keep it simple if you enjoy surival games with a unique story this ones for you. It's easy to overlook this game especially now but We Happy Few has the potetial to be something great.

181 out of 199 people found this helpful.

A Potential Gem

This game recreates a retro 60s psycadelic alternate universe where the player indulges in a survival between two distinct worlds. I was one of the first to play this preview within the few days of its launch. At first I loved the introduction cinematics but there's none after that. It's still in its long beta phase. One of the main original features of this game is the hunger and thirst bar that deplets rapidly if you don't pay attention to it. you will need to keep food in your inventory and stay close to water supply location to replenish these bars. At first I was stuck between loving and hating this feature because of the map glitches; But I know it should be great once the game is ready since it is a great component to this survival game. Since its a beta, Objectives sometimes are not playable and necessary items you'll need in the game will be limited. People that's saying they taking too long needs to know that its a small team making a big game we just have to wait.

73 out of 79 people found this helpful.

Enjoying this more and more

Still not finished.. but so far having them take their time has been a good thing, most of what is there works more or less and what does work is better than what some developers call a finished product.. this continues to shows a lot of promise... and continues to deliver.

51 out of 57 people found this helpful.

Great game...potentially

I've been following this game since it was first anounced with sincere anticipation because of it's unique and original story. That being said I hope you can understand my fustration when I found out that this was on early access. A game such as this should only of been realeased complete because how it stands now (with about 5 minutes of story and everything else being barebones) it's disappointing to say the least. This game has the potential to be the next Bioshock in terms of a meaningful story which is deeply lacking in most games I've played in the past year and seeing it on early access is incredibly disheartening. That being said I will glady pay the price of $60 for it if I have to...when it's finished but as it stands I see little reason in playing it more then then the time the free trial alots me.

231 out of 273 people found this helpful.

Lacks Direction

This game lacks any sense of direction or purpose, at least for now. In this game you are thrown in with only the slightest of information on what there is, and what you are to do. This is already a large enough problem, added on to the rediculous survival mechanics which require you to consume insane quantities of food and water, as well as needing to sleep almost constantly. This could be fixed later on in time, but for now, I cannot recommend this game.

12 out of 12 people found this helpful.


This is just the game I was looking for. It's smart, artistic and challenging. With the Madden Football type games making all the money for the corporations these games go by the wayside. It has a great Orwellian storyline which should just be called a present day storyline. This game is like certain movies, it will get mostly five stars or one star because either you "get it" or you don't. I'm looking forward to the finished product.

168 out of 204 people found this helpful.

Promising, but Not Perfect

We Happy Few seems, at first glance, to be an amazing game of great promise. The intro had me hooked, and I enjoyed the gameplay - at least until I exited the safe house. Then, the reality of buying a game still in early Alpha hit me, as my character would greet each NPC with one of several lines that had nothing to do with the given situation. Numerous other glitches annoyed me to the point of restarting. This happened four times. Buy this game only if you are comfortable with a half-finished product.

252 out of 311 people found this helpful.

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