Bugsnax is about catching snack-themed insects – sandopedes, grapeskeetos, weenyworms – and feeding them to grumpuses, furry explorers who crave bugsnax and whose body parts become the bugsnax they consume. It’s a cute, sweet, and charming body horror game that launched on PlayStation and Epic Games Store in 2020, and now it’s finally about to hit other storefronts.
On April 28, Bugsnax will be released on Steam and PC Game Pass. At the same time, all players will receive a free update called The Isle of Bigsnax, which adds “three to four hours of new story content” on a new island – jungle-themed Bigsnax, inhabited by big bugsnax – as well as a few additions to the game’s original landmass, including “your own hut to decorate”.
One of my favorite parts of Bugsnax was the voice acting. I specifically praised Fryda Wolff’s performance in my Bugsnax review, but it wouldn’t make sense for her story to appear on the update island. Actors Yuri Lowenthal, Casey Mongillo, Debra Wilson, and Haviland Stillwell all recorded new lines for the update, and Lowenthal’s character is another one of my favorites (the one and only Chandlo Funkbun).
What I didn’t love about Bugsnax was the actual capture of Bugsnax. It was more like solving the item matching puzzles of old adventure games than manipulating or predicting the behaviors of simulated creatures and laws of physics. It’s not quite what I expected.
It’s a fun game, though, and I like its kid-friendly vibe, but I also kind of don’t. It’s a bit like Aaahh!!! Real monsters, but kinder. (I looked up some Aaahh!!! Real Monsters clips before making the comparison and didn’t remember the characters casually calling things “weird”.)
Bugsnax is $25 and will be released on Steam with a temporary 20% discount on April 28. It will also release on Switch and Xbox at the same time, and Game Pass subscribers on PC or Xbox will receive the game as part of their subscription (at least for as long as Microsoft offers it). It will definitely be worth catching a worm or two if you’re already a subscriber.