This game is rated PEGI 12
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Drug, Horror, Killed, Spiders and Splashes of blood.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 5 days ago.
The game has three different locations: the grasslands, the hedge, and the haze. It has an ecosystem that evolves as you play and that your actions impact. If you kill one type of insect, for example, other creatures that would otherwise have been eaten will thrive. The insects also react to your behaviour. Each has a full day and night cycle (that takes about 30 minutes in the game) that not only changes how it looks but how the insects behave.
You play from either first-person or a third-person. To survive you need to find an adequate supply of of food and water. Taking on bugs and insects (spiders, bees, dust mites, mantis and ladybugs) enables you to progress. But also each insect has a purpose. Spiders are predators, ladybirds locate food supplies, aphids are edible. You can choose whether you coexist alongside ants or will you stop them stealing your food and face their soldier ants as a result. You can also construct a base once you have enough resources.
This involves a similar building system to Fornite but with options for defensive and offensive weapons. If you find the right resources you can craft tools, traps and weapons (axes, spears and bows and arrows).
You can play this game in the following styles:
10+ 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.
Account RatingYou need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
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You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
You can set or customise the game difficulty. All Recipies Unlocked and Free, for example, offers a free-play mode with everything available. You can disable Bugs Spawn to turn this aspect of play off. You can turn off Player Damage and Hunger/Thirst/Stamina Drain. Together these off a God-like mode where you can't die.
The game includes spiders by you can use the Arachnophobia Safe Mode to change the look and sounds of the spiders and make them less triggering.
Certain game elements will be altered to be more legible for one of three types of colorblindness. Currently, this mode shifts to a set of distinct colours that remain the same regardless of SCA.B flavor or color deficiency selected. Options: None, Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia.
There are the follow aspects of narration:
- Read to Me: Game narrates the text content of on-screen elements.
- Chat Text to Speech: Incoming text chat will also be read aloud by the narrator.
- Chat Speech to Text: Incoming voice chat will also be displayed as chat messages.
The game offers onboarding that asks you to set accessiblity options before you start.
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