Bugsnax Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of Octodad.

You play a newspaper reporter exploring an island in order to write about the edible bugs. While there you discover that Megafig has gone missing. To solve the mystery you explore Snaktooth Island trying to capture different species of Bugsnax using a wide range of contraptions. Some use bait to lure Bugsnax creatures, others are traps that spring shut while others are a laser light for them to chase.

There are over 100 Bugsnak species to capture and eat, which can result in 1000's of transformation combinations. You have to find the right contraptions and bait to outsmart each creature. This takes you through the different locations that offer habitat to ever stranger animals.

"We are what we eat," says the narrator, and it seems with the apparent disappearance of the island ranger, that this might actually be true in this world. It's up to you to track down and reunite the inhabitants of Snaxburg.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @YoungHorses

TipsTips

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free on PlayStation 5 (but not PlayStation 4) with PlayStation Plus Collection.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Although appearing with a violence rating initially, Bugsnax is Rated PEGI 7 for fear. There is a dark twist towards the end of the game that has mild horror feel to it.

"While not explicitly marketed towards children, I worry how those who do end up playing it are going to come away from this. Bugsnax has PEGI and ESRB ratings of 7 for mild violence, which I simply don’t agree with for its ending alone," wrote Malindy Hetfield in their review for VG247.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates aspects of the game, echoing visual and audio cues.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @digitaldocgames


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