Journey to the Savage Planet is a colorful first-person adventure videogame set on a remote planet called AR-Y 26. You are part of the pioneer program which explores strange planets and determines whether they are fit for human habitation. Explore the dangerous Jellywaft Islands and towering Fungal forest then check out the cute but stupid Pufferbird in this interstellar videogame.
This tongue-in-cheek adventure reminds me of The Outer Worlds with eye-popping graphics and strange alien species like the Floopsnoot and the Insectoid Swarm all of which must be cataloged as you explore. It also offers a 2 player co-op option so you can explore with friends and have twice the fun. Listen to bizarre infomercials and propaganda by the founder and CEO of Kindred Aerospace who proudly acknowledges that they are the 4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company.
You start as a junior explorer with no equipment and no idea of what is out there. However, you do have an extremely optimistic AI called EKO who helps guide you. As you scan the environment on AR-Y 26 you collect and interact with all manner of strange biological weirdness such as springy egg sacks that you can bounce on like trampolines or use delicious-sounding food substitute, Grog as bait. Everything is deposited on your ship called the Javalin when you return.
There are different biomes and bosses to beat using the equipment you gather and it looks like the main aim of the game is to discover what intelligent species already inhabit AR-Y 26 beyond the weird cylindrical birds and biological gunk. There’s evidence of intelligent life in the form of a strange mountain-like structure and also skeletal remains scattered about the planet.
Typhoon studios who developed Journey to the Savage Planet have hinted at a smaller gaming experience than other titles due to the company’s small size. However, there will be multiple sub-plots that you can follow and simple environmental puzzles that unlock different areas as you explore.
Journey to the Savage Planet is out on 1/28/2020 on Epic Games store, PS4, and Xbox One.