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Bugsnax (2020) 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 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.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Bugsnax 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Puzzle game with Collecting, Creative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for very mild violence between fantasy characters. The violence is unrealistic, as are reactions to it. Characters don't suffer apparent harm and attacks result in over-the-top reactions. The colourful visual style helps make the violence less disturbing.

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.

Skill Level

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.


Bugsnax usually costs £17.99 to £20.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £17.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99
Steam Store PC £19.49
Switch Store Switch £19
Steam Store Mac £19.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle (Collecting, Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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