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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Forager (2019) is an open-world adventure where you manage resources in a simple pixel world. The collecting, crafting and consuming requires you to tap buttons. It soon becomes apparent that you need to automate your work if you are to progress effectively. What starts as a simple game expands into an interrelated ecosystem.

The simple button tapping (commonly seen in idle games) is combined with a Zelda-like adventure. Everything you do, even chopping down a tree earns level points. As you automate your collection and consumption ecosystem you level up to gain a large grid of unlockable abilities - new tools, craftable objects and skills.

This opens new ways to progress through tasks including cooking, economics, engineering, farming, fishing, hunting, magic, manufacturing and mining. Eventually, you can visit other islands and discover underground dungeons. These offer puzzle and battle elements and break up the monotony of the overland collection.

The simple visuals and tap-to-progress style belie a deep and complex world. By earning money through crafting, skills, looting, and economic tasks you can purchase more lands to expand your base, explore new areas, and obtain new classes of resources or encounter new enemies and other characters.

It's a game that invites you to make and discover your own fun. It offers an intricate blank canvas in which you can explore and create adventures. This means that for some it can feel a little empty. But this missed the joy of Forager, a world that doesn't force you to play in a particular way but lets you make your own path.

The game is the creation of a single developer and since it launched in 2019, the game has been enhanced to include new biomes, gear, and items. A weather system has been improved as has the combat and boss fights. You can now have pets and discover secret traders.

Our examiner, Ellen Robertson, first checked Forager 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Role-Play game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 18 hours to complete. Collecting and discovering everything can take players up to 80 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3. This game features non-detailed combat between fantasy characters. The violence found in this combat is comical and unrealistic, as are reactions to it.

In the US, ESRB state: Players forage/gather resources, craft items and structures, and battle enemy creatures. Players use swords, bows, and magic wands to attack fantasy creatures (e.g., skeletons, ghouls). Battles are accompanied by screen-shaking effects, mild explosions, and impact sounds. Players can customise their characters with different body parts and accessories; some head parts depict small blood stains around open wounds. One character is depicted with a brown "poo-coil" on his head.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to deal with the hectic exploring and bombastic fights. Along with this there is also some resource management that requires careful planning and forward thinking.

CostsCosts

Forager usually costs £6.99 to £17.99. 

Forager

XBox Store PC £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch StoreSALE Switch £17.99 £6.29 until 23/06/2024
Steam Store PC £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

Android Store Android £6.99
App Store iOS £7.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/04/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 65% off

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Pixels

Developer: Hop Frog (@_HopFrog)


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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