By: Corey Lack
Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey was a game released in 2019. It focuses on the player controlling a lineage of early hominids in prehistoric Africa. The goal of the game is simple: survive. The player, alongside the hominids they control, must learn how to achieve this goal. The game gives the player very little instruction on how to play. It gives the player basic instructions like how to use the hominids’ senses to find useable objects throughout the world, ranging from food to rocks to branches, and how to dodge attacks from animals. Beyond that, the player, like the hominid, has to learn how to use each of the items to achieve various goals, like using a rock to crack open a coconut or stripping a branch to make it sharp.
In regards of plot, there really isn’t one beyond the story of the player’s created lineage surviving through the generations in a hostile environment when vicious animals like crocodiles and huge pythons seek to make the player their prey, not to mention having to deal with the weather which can be just as dangerous.
In terms of gameplay, the game can really absorb players in. There is a lot to explore and a lot of experimentation involved in it. As a result, the player has to try combinations and alterations to try and figure out how to use them. Even then, the player also has to gather “neural energy” to help evolve their hominids into developing new abilities, like walking on two legs or carrying something with two hands. Even evolving enough to be able to ingest food from other sources takes a lot of work to be able to accomplish.
The game is a decent one and it was certainly one I would recommend trying if only for the challenge. Let me be clear, this game has plenty of challenge to it as one mistake will not be forgiven by the game. In fact, it can cause the untimely demise of the specific hominid the player is controlling. Still, I’d recommend this game and give it six meteorites out of ten.