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Our examiner, Rich Adams, first checked Bugsnax 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 days ago.
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 thousands 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.
It is also worth noting that there is a dark twist towards the end of the game that has a mild horror feel to it. Perhaps good for parents to play first, or with children as the family quoted here.
6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us, "My 6-year-old would play with my husband and I watching. She would need some help navigating the map or remembering where to go but for the most part, was self-sufficient. She talked about it a lot." Another family said that their 6-year-old son has played through multiple times. One 5-year-old enjoyed the game so much they had a Bugsnax-themed party.
Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Accessibility: 23 features
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night
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