Parents' Guide to

Bugsnax

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

"You are what you eat" adventure gets stale quickly.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

It's fun, it's cute, it's also really dark. The style of the game is very much like it's aimed at children but the themes are not appropriate for younger kids. Yes there are same sex couples, which isn't a problem if you ask me, but there are also themes of depression, at one point several characters eat another characters pets (bugsnax, but still), there are mentions of divorce and the end (spoilers) has a main character found dead having been eaten. Like... Who is this game for? Your guess is as good as mine. It's a shame because it's nicely made.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (18 ):

This is an adventure game that is perfectly suited for a new console launch or casual game players looking for a light adventure. Bugsnax is charming, fun, and not too challenging, but ultimately, something that will likely be forgettable in a few years. The game does a wonderful job of creating a vibrant world, filled with imaginative characters and critters -- and it has more emotional depth than you would expect as you reunite the colony and search for Lizbert. The developer should also get big points for inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters without being preachy. But ultimately, the title is plagued by repetitive gameplay that takes away from the overall experience. (Fetching Bugsnax to feed villagers before you can go on to the next task is entertaining at first, especially given the challenge in collecting certain creatures, but it gets old very quickly.)

On the PlayStation 5, the game (like Astro's Playroom) is a showcase for the DualSense controller, using haptic feedback as a way to make the game more immersive and adapting the triggers to the onscreen situation (i.e. you feel the tension when you pull back a slingshot's band). Don't misunderstand: Bugsnax is a fun game and certainly one that you won't regret playing. But it's the videogame equivalent of eating a bag of chips. It will bring joy when you play, but you'll crave something more substantive when you're done.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , PlayStation 5 , Windows
  • Pricing structure: Free (Free with PlayStation Plus Membership)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Young Horses
  • Release date: November 12, 2020
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: February 11, 2021

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