Review: Forager (PlayStation 4)

Forager

The highly popular and quirky “idle game that you want to actively keep playing”. Explore, craft, gather & manage resources, find secrets and build your base out of nothing! Buy land to explore and expand!

Pros:

  • Cutesy pixel art graphics.
  • 512.4mb download size.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • 3 save slots.
  • RPG gameplay with an idle clicker mechanic.
  • Earn EXP and level up to earn a point to unlock a new skill or recipe.
  • Massive skill tree that expands as you unlock parts.
  • 20 trophies.
  • Gameplay-harvest resources, craft tools/weapons, and gear to adventure across the land and fight monsters.
  • Dangerously addictive.
  • Complete freedom to play how you want.
  • Resources randomly regrow.
  • Buy land to expand the world and discover new biomes, resources, dungeons, people, puzzles and rewards.
  • Simple controls.
  • A sweeping feeling of pure adventure and discovery.
  • Things craft in real-time, you can stack them and let them work it out.
  • Buy and sell resources.
  • RNG.
  • Central objective-find/craft/collect X amount of everything and give it to the preservation guy. Think museum from Animal Crossing.
  • The game just keeps going and going.
  • Very very quick to action.

Forager

Cons:

  • No platinum trophy.
  • Destroys the very concept of time itself.
  • No proper tutorials.
  • Easy to accidentally destroy/damage stuff.
  • Bland empty lands are a letdown.
  • RNG.

Forager

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Forager is a true force of nature! It just destroys time and productivity its insane. Your goal in Forager is to constantly farm resources and unlock new recipes and craft yourself better, not only that but you need to make money in order to expand the world by buying land, buying land then randomly generates something and this could be a dungeon or a person to work for or a new resource or even a puzzle. Having the game pan out like this means you have some control over events even if it is just a small thing. The sense of discovery is quite something and when you encounter your first puzzle it’s just such an event to work it out. You can customize your guy and add ability-enhancing pieces and this means you get the odd cameo appearance of other indie game characters. Forager is a game that just keeps going and going, time evaporates and you turn into a farming zombie and you couldn’t care less. Any game that has me hovering over the play button, questioning what I need to do in the next few hours that is important because I know I won’t be able to them, Forager is life.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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