With winter still pelting us with snow and big game delays taunting gamers daily, I thought my loyal readers might enjoy hearing about a couple of recently released gems that offer action, adventure and — most importantly — a pronounced sense of humor.
Starting in depths of space, “Journey to the Savage Planet” offers a glimpse at the future of space exploration and the ways humans will inevitably bollox it up.
As an employee of Kindred Aerospace (proudly noted as the fourth best company in interstellar exploration), you land on planet ARY-26 with the task of discovering if it will support human life. To support you on your journey, Kindred has fully stocked your ship with an array of weapons and tools aimed at making your mission a success … is what I would be saying if you worked for the best exploration.
Here you get a few rations and a nifty fabricator so you can build stuff if you manage to gather the right materials. Budget cuts, you know.
Humor runs throughout “Savage Planet,” adding a layer of whimsy to your mission.
You’ll lead your character into the wilderness, scanning landmarks, flora and fauna, attempting to catalog the planet thoroughly.
The game world feels open but plays more like a “Metroidvania” game. You’ll gradually explore the world, collecting resources and crafting tools, like a grapple and a rocket pack, that allow you to expand your horizons.
The game works well, with a few twists and turns that make the story worth following. Everything occurs in a first-person perspective which works well here, even when executing tricky jumps.
You can also choose to team up with a friend and play the whole game in co-op mode, if that’s more to your liking.
“Journey to the Savage Planet” provides a wonderful respite on cold winter days, as long as exploring, scanning and cataloging (along with a bit of shooting and puzzle solving) tickle your fancy.
I wasn’t sure what to think about a game named “Snack World: Dungeon Crawl — Gold.” I like dungeon crawlers and the cartoony graphics looked appealing, so what the heck, I decided to give it a go.
There’s something of a disconnect with “Snack World.” The name, graphics and premise indicate a kids’ game, but the action, complexity and difficulty level make this a serious action/RPG.
As you may have guessed, food is central premise here. Food puns abound, so if you’re adverse to such things you may want to give this a pass. Still, it also sets the tone for the whimsical adventure that lies ahead.
Your character appears in the kingdom of Tutti Frutti and you start running errands for the King and his bratty daughter, the Princess.
The games quests drop you off in a small zone where you must hack-and-slash your way through enemies while attempting to complete your goal. Make it through and you’ll reap the rewards and move on to the next quest.
The game features a robust crafting system, which helps you obtain new items and weapons.
You’ll also collect Snacks, which in this case refers to the creatures in the game you can capture and train to fight with you. I guess pocket monsters was taken, so Snacks it is!
Additionally, the game throws daily style trends at the player that, if met, will boost your chance to receive a rare item drop.
The bright and sunny graphics give the game a light feel, as does its sense of humor. Additionally, the bite-size quests make this the ideal RPG for those who want to play in short bursts.
What kept me coming back, though, was the engaging gameplay that presented a challenge without ever feeling unfair.
“Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl — Gold” isn’t really like any other action/RPG available right now, so if you don’t mind terrible puns and cartoony graphics, you should give this one a try.
“Journey to the Savage Planet”
Publisher: 505 Games
Who it’s for: Those looking for a wacky game based primarily on exploration
Console: Xbox One, PS4
“Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold”
Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a dungeon crawler with an odd sense of humor