[Review] Forager – Nintendo Switch

Written by Ch3llybun
  • Developer: HopFrog
  • Publisher: Humble Bundle
  • Release Date: 30/07/2019
  • Price: £17.99 / $19.99
  • Review code provided by Humble Bundle

Get Exploring

Forager is a 2D open-world adventure game that allows players to explore and uncover the world at their own pace and in their own way. With an upgrade system that also allows players to develop their desired areas, it’s easy to love this quirky little game.

Farming, foraging, dungeoneering, archaeology, combat, puzzle-solving, base-building. Whatever it is that you prefer to focus on, Forager has it, and enough of it to ensure you will be kept busy long enough that you won’t realise hours have passed you by.

A Whole New World

Forager isn’t like a conventional open-world game. You can’t just go in whichever direction you would like straight off the bat, no. In Forager the World is set out into squares that you purchase to unearth more of. Starting out with 1 small square and then expanding wherever you choose – for a small (not so small) fee.

There are 5 unique biomes to explore; Grass, Desert, Graveyard, Winter and finally, Fire. Each one of these biomes holds various distinct items such as puzzles, enemies, foods… The list is endless! Choosing what you do in these areas is what makes the game, almost.

The World of Forager holds many mysteries, but perhaps the biggest mystery of them all is how to keep your islands looking nice and tidy. There is no shortage of resources, everything you need pops back up a short time after you have chopped it down, or mined it! It means if you don’t keep on top of it, you will be overrun with trees in no time… Not good for us folks who like some kind of order. Luckily, there are things you can build in order to stop this from happening – like the Mining Rod.

Skills Galore!

On top of all the farming, fishing, mining – whatever it is you do in Forager, you also have a very extensive skill tree. It’s pretty standard, level up by gaining EXP and in return, you gain a skill point. You gain EXP by doing pretty much anything in the game so it’s really easy to level up. What isn’t easy is choosing where to use that skill point. Pretty much each skill you choose to unlock unveils something new to use in-game so you’re always kept on your toes.

Road Map?

One thing I adore about indie games is the passion the developers have for them and the support that continues long after launch. Forager is no different. There is a Road Map in-game that you’re able to look and see what’s being worked on next, from multiplayer updates to new items/modes, which is something you don’t see very often and all. It does help to feel a little more involved with the game?

Another awesome feature in Forager is the extras menu. Complete various challenges in game and you will unlock various other cool treats such as a cool Forager comic, the game’s soundtrack, in-game costumes and even a printable colouring book – my personal favourite. You can also see the story of how Forager came to be, which is a little emotional story!

Final Thoughts

Forager is a game that brings an experience like no other, perfectly mixing idle gameplay with ongoing exploration. It’s bright and cheerful and in playing you will literally be asking where the day has gone. It will be up there with my all time favourite indies, for sure.

Pro’s

  • Addicting, in-depth gameplay
  • Road Map allows players to be kept in the loop
  • Extras
  • So much to do!

Con’s

  • No multiplayer – yet

Verdict

Forager will perhaps be the most basic and in-depth scavenging game you will ever play.

4/5

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