Upcoming indie title Crashlands is being framed as the “classic heartwarming tale of a space-traveling delivery woman who overcomes the handicap of having no elbows or knees”. You know, that old yarn. Prepare for hilarious insanity in a game that, according to developers Butterscotch Shenanigans, contains “so many hours of content you’ll have to abandon your family to enjoy it all.” I’ll start packing my bags!
The eccentric survival game revolves around said truck driver Flux Dabes and an adorable robotic juice box as they navigate a strange world insuring that neither snow nor rain nor megalomaniacal aliens keep this courier from the swift completion of her appointed rounds. You’re going to see all the usual crafting and survival tropes from this seeming golden era of survival gaming, but Crashlands does it with such flair, artistry and humor, you’re gonna forget it’s just an even cartoonier Don’t Starve (I kid!).
Seriously though, there’s all kinds of great stuff here. Expect a huge world consisting of three procedurely-generated biomes: the Savannah, Bawg, and Tundra. And your enemies won’t be defeated with button mashing alone. Each one has a specific battle technique that you have to observe and then use against them, then “sew their skin into armor, grind their bones into weaponry, and turn their babies against their former brethren.” That’s right, you can take creature eggs, incubate them, and “hatch your very own baby pet/death machine.” With all this, Crashlands looks like more fun than a barrel of monkeys! Wait a minute, that actually sounds incredibly cruel. DOWN WITH CRASHLANDS AND THEIR BLATANT DISREGARD FOR SIMIAN LIFE.
Crashlands also takes once-boring and over-complicated RPG staples and breathes them back to life with fun and simplicity. Screw organizing your inventory. The infinite inventory organizes itself, giving you what you need, when you need it. And base-building? This isn’t the Sims—no need to start comparing wallpaper swatches. The fluidity of Crashlands’ building function has been compared to finger painting. Just go for it. And remember that no stronghold is complete without beanbag chairs.
Butterscotch Shenanigans will be delivering all of this, cross-platforming between PC and mobile, and “fishing that’s slightly less boring than real fishing” by the end of the summer. For more information, check out the game’s official site and Greenlight page. Make sure to watch the trailer because it’s totally hilarious and awesome.