Gaming review: Ancestors, The Humankind Odyssey

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Ancestors — The Humankind Odyssey is a different kind of adventure. Be prepared for a one-of-a-kind journey through the evolutionary tree of mankind.

This one is a work of art, plain and simple. A masterpiece by Panache Digital that’ll keep you enthralled for ages exploring every nook and cranny of the massive environment.

With enough land, predators and evolutionary paths to dominate, that 60 hours will be a minimum time investment here. While it doesn’t boast the massive crafting list of your typical survival game you’ll find yourself more thankful for a sharpened stick or obsidian cutter than any Rube Goldberg device you manage to craft in the others games.

Take a journey in the footsteps of your primitive ancestors as their guide and protector

The best advice I got was from a loading screen in game. Guide them as if you were showing them how to be human. By in large, that worked for me. I tried to think of what to do in this situation and ran with it.

I started out by teaching them how to make and use basic tools. Next I taught them about building basic defenses and crafting weapons with their new tools.

In time, I was training up their tolerance to new food sources and stress responses. It didn’t take long to figure out how to fight back when attacked and I was lost to the game when I took down my first big predator.

It was all I could do to stop myself from beating my chest and howling in celebration with my fellow apes.

Life, death and rebirth

This isn’t a game when you’ll be taking on the role of a single individual. This is a tale that will span millions of years as you watch them be born, live and die under your guidance and care.

Their genes will continue to live on if you’ve done your job right, and that is the important part. With careful cultivation coupled with judicious use of your senses and intelligence you can guide your tribe some of the most important stages in the evolution of our species.

The match of evolutionary progress is boundless… Watch it unfold

So, in the end I highly recommend this one. Ancestors — The Humankind Odyssey is a lot of fun and well worth the price tag.

While it has a bit of a steep learning curve at first, trial and error are as much a part of the evolutionary process as it is learning this game.

Check it out; it will be well worth your time and money.


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