Bugsnax Preview: Pokemon Snap, Island Thriller, and Hilarious Journey

After months of buzzing the catchy theme tune in my head, talking to the Younger Horses builders about bug and snack portmanteaus, and rewatching its mysterious first trailers, I’ve lastly performed and perceive a bit extra about Bugsnax. And whereas there may be loads of thriller left to the goings-on of Snaktooth Island and its denizens, my hour-long hands-on with the opening of the following recreation from the Octodad builders confirmed a mixture of Pokemon Snap, Pokemon itself, an island-set thriller journey, and a hilarious character research.That every one seems like loads, nevertheless it’s as a result of Younger Horses, prefer it did with Octodad, is taking one thing seemingly light-hearted on the floor and imbuing it with a depth that has me excited to return to Snaktooth and uncover new Bugsnax and characters.

We Are No matter We Eat

One of many key causes I’m excited to discover extra past the couple of environments I noticed within the opening hour on a PC construct of the sport is, fairly merely, the hilarious writing and character performances. This isn’t an enormous shock contemplating how humorous Octodad was, each in its writing (regardless of a protagonist who couldn’t communicate) and in its gameplay. However Bugsnax’s extra expansive story of a journalist adventuring to the mysterious Snaktooth Island on the behest of Elizabert Megafig, an explorer hoping to uncover the thriller of the titular bug and snack hybrids, permits for a bunch of instantly indelible personalities. In my quick time with the sport, I met the panicky Filbo Fiddlepie (One-Punch Man’s Max Mittelman), the gossipy Beffica Winklesnoot (Persona 5’s Cassandra Lee Morris), and the Bugsnak-loving inventor Gramble Gigglefunny (Vital Function’s Sam Riegel).

Like a snack-obsessed Dr. Seuss village, the solid of Bugsnax gives a continuing circulation of hilarious, distinctive, and intriguing views on the island, its snax, and its different residents because of each the spectacular voice solid and sharp, humorous writing. From small touches just like the hilarious exclamations of every Bugsnak saying its personal title if you catch it, to the reasoning of gruff farmer Wambus Troubleham (Fred Tatasciore) as to why he grows ketchup, Bugsnax had me laughing out loud a number of instances and in any other case chuckling alongside to the wacky world I discovered myself in.

Bugsnax had me laughing out loud a number of instances and chuckling alongside to the wacky world.


However I used to be additionally concerned with studying extra about these characters and the island, which is an effective factor, as a result of as a journalist, you’re on the hunt for the inside track behind Elizabert and Bugsnax. You’ll interview every of the residents on your story, whereas additionally talking, working with, and, as in a single instance, even spying on them to finish missions. An surprising most important mission turns into bringing the scattered group, misplaced for goal within the wake of Elizabert leaving, again to the central Snackburg, a small village that repopulates and acts as a hub between most of the island’s different locales, together with a rocky seashore, a forest clearing and its neighboring caves, and extra I didn’t get to discover.

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Kinda Bug and Kinda Snack

In fact, exploring can be a most important side of Bugsnax, as you’re not there simply to make pals. Roaming round in first-person, Bugsnax performs largely familiarly to different first-person adventures, as you run, leap, and crawl round on no matter mission or whim you select. Clicking in on the suitable stick kicks in a viewfinder, that not solely identifies the assorted Bugsnax round you but additionally makes word of key objects within the atmosphere, equivalent to a bush bugs could cover in, ketchup crops, folks, and even the paths the Bugsnax roam in.

And monitoring their motion such as you would a robotic foe in Horizon Zero Daybreak is essential, not since you are then going to systematically dismember the Bugsnax — that might be horrible and merciless. However as a result of each behaves in a different way and would require you to method in numerous methods if you wish to lure them.

Every Bugsnak behaves in a different way and would require you to method in numerous methods if you wish to lure them.


Strabbies, for instance, will go cover in a kind of bushes in case you get too shut, in any other case they roam in a loop close by. As soon as I scared one away, I’d stick a lure down in one of many recognized paths, after which run away, hoping to lure it again out to lure it. The Fryder, which I noticed on a cave rooftop, is drawn to the scent of splattered ketchup, however so have been the close by Bungers, which might solely be caught when flipped on their backs.

By pulling up a radial wheel, which freezes time, you’ll be able to simply swap between traps, slings to throw sauces, and extra to assist in your Bugsnak-catching ventures. It takes away any of the frustration, no less than up to now, that may include this pure habitat interacting with out you, and particularly as a result of as soon as a snak is trapped you solely have just a few seconds to assert the lure earlier than they break away. However I beloved the invention that got here with every new creature — understanding its patterns, being shocked by the way it may react to the world round it, and utilizing all of my objects, and perhaps even another bugsnax, to assist in catching them provided layers to what may have been an in any other case easy catching mechanic.And there’s clearly some extra complexity to the hunt to return, as I solely had just a few of the instrument slots crammed up in each that merchandise wheel and in my intensive pocket book, which acts as a form of Snakdex for any and every thing on Snaktooth Island. Towards the tip of my demo, I bumped into Gramble, who had educated a Strabby to observe instructions whereas working round in a bit of hamster ball. Handing the reins over to me, Strabby opened me as much as a complete new set of creatures to catch, as I may ship his ball into small holes I couldn’t attain, which might incite hidden Bugsnax to courageous the world for only a second earlier than I set a lure on them.

Figuring out the fundamentals of what Bugsnax is now, I do know I’ve actually solely uncovered the beginning of the mysteries Snaktooth Island holds. Like with Octodad, Younger Horses is mixing the acquainted and the absurd with Bugsnax, and whereas attending to play the sport has addressed some questions I had, it raises new ones about who all of those Snaktooth Island denizens are, why they’re right here, and the way am I going to catch the following Bugsnak I discover. And I’m excited to make a return journey to uncover each final reply.

Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior Information Editor. Discuss to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.

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