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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Crashlands is a world-building game where you fight monsters, craft resources, and build a base on an alien planet. As you explore, either on your own or with a friend, you encounter locals, complete quests and missions, and meet strange new enemies. It combines exacting combat with exploration, simulation, and a cartoon visual style to create a finely balanced challenge.

You play galactic trucker Flux Dabes, who crash-lands on the planet Woanope. As you strive to retrieve your parcels scattered across the planet's surface, you must fight the strange creatures you meet (or maybe just steal their eggs and tame their offspring as personal companions.

As you trek far and wide, you also discover the planet's sentient locals, who you can interact with, build relationships with, and complete quests for them in exchange for helpful rewards. By gathering resources, you then create a base and start a new life.

It's a mix of exploration, fighting, and base-building. Combat is fast-paced and precise, and you defeat enemies using a variety of weapons, including laser guns and flamethrowers. Although you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed, you can always run away from fights, and learning when to do this is essential.

You unlock new weapons by crafting them with the resources you gather from exploration, and you also use these same resources to create your base, creating new items to decorate it with and expanding it with new walls. Offspring you tame can join you as you explore and can also attack enemies, providing an incentive to risk exploring enemy lairs for their eggs.

The result is a game that combines classic role-playing elements like interacting with inhabitants and completing missions with challenging, skill-based combat and detailed and highly personal base-building and crafting. Experimenting with different weapons and tools to find what works best for you can often lead to unusual discoveries and a play style unique to you.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/01/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: B Scotch Shenani (@BScotchShenani)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete. Due to the open-ended nature of the game, you can play for a wide variety of different times, but typically complete most things in about 30 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play co-operatively with one other player, helping each other to fight, craft and build.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence on Android but rated PEGI 7 on Xbox for Mild Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence and Mild Blood, but rated ESRB TEEN on Nintendo Switch for Blood and Violence.
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor and Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combat, while somewhat challenging, is simple to understand, and the crafting and building elements appeal to younger children as much as older ones.

CostsCosts

Crashlands usually costs £11.39 to £13.49. 

Crashlands

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Crashlands Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
You can save at any time and can transfer your save file from one platform to another.

The text throughout is high-contrast and fairly large, but isn't 1/20th of the screen height. When a character is speaking, there is a speech bubble with their text in it (in their unique colour), and their name also appears by the speech bubble. you can select different colourblind modes, which each adjust different in-game objects to make them easier to see for each different type of colourblindness

When using a controller, you can adjust the deadzone but can't change the sensitivity of the joysticks. Combat often requires fast reactions to things on screen, and sometimes requires that you press buttons rapidly, hold down buttons or press multiple at the same time.

You can adjust the head-up display in several ways, including by changing the overall size and the position of the hotbar.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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