Journey to the Savage Planet is a rather interesting, and bizarre tale of space exploration. It’s serious, yet at the same time a bit of a joke. It comes across as a satire type game, which made it rather fun to play. The booking was rather interesting as we were given a brief chat as to what we were about to experience and then just thrown in.
This was a large time slot so it really was just a free demo in terms of not being restricted at all. This works out well usually, gives a nice sense of free exploration to discover the game like we normally would at home.
There was a large sandbox area to explore, things to master and a fair bit to do. I moved through most of it, and had fun while doing so. It’s a sort of silly puzzle shooter where you go around exploring an open environment and then dealing with issues that arise so that you may continue forward. There are ancient structures to engage with, many aliens to blast or harvest and some challenges along the way.
The world itself had lots of depth in terms of feeling alive, and it was brightly colored. I was surprised at the fun style it carried, and that worked well with the casual theme that was being showcased. Death isn’t a huge issue as you’ll get checkpoint type spaces, and it’s fun to visit your ship as there are some funny displays going on. You can also check out the ship when you get enough components, as you can craft better gadgets.
This will allow you to visit new locations. Some of the required components will task you with harvesting it from special creatures, and you’ll have to discover how to tackle them with limited tools. It’s interesting, and quite fun to play. There appears to be some parkour elements, and shooter opportunities as well. A lot’s going on in this one, and I’m curious where they’ll take the concept with the full game.
I like the idea of the silly, yet serious world they’ve created and it could be a ton of fun to play. For now, I’m just looking forward to seeing more and just how far they’ll take the initial setup they’ve produced thus far. That’s all for Journey to the Savage Planet, at least for now. Check out our E3 2019 hub for additional coverage from the event.
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