As long-time followers of mine will undoubtedly know, I’m a lover of games that qualify as being weird. With that in mind, I suppose it’s no surprise that I’m a pretty big fan of the odd creatures, personalities you’ll encounter, and the generally family-friendly total experience that is Bugsnax. Called to a remote location in search of a good story to prop up your flagging career as a journalist, you’re quickly introduced to the odd mix of observation, strategy, and sometimes just a bit of luck that’s involved in trying to capture these strange, often elusive, and apparently tasty beasts that roam the island. Generally keeping things approachable and light, this won’t be a game that taxes your brain power or even your reflexes for the most part. However, that isn’t to say that the sense of accomplishment the first time you manage to snag any given creature isn’t there either though, and with quite a menagerie to discover and hunt as you move through different locales there are many opportunities to feel like a master Bugsnax tracker. At times it can be a bit rough around the edges for sure, but given that there’s nothing quite like it out there and it exudes a genuine sense of joy and fun it’s still well worth your time as long as your expectations have been properly established.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.6]