I’ve spent part of the afternoon going for a walk in the real Earth autumn and part of it going for a walk in digital Forager [itch.io link] autumn. I’ll show you the pictures from the digital walk so you can potter along with me, but first, a bit about the game.
Forager is a really charming little game about collecting resources to build a little nest and decorate with mushrooms and so on as you prepare for hibernation. Developers Cat Burton and Nate Gallardo are releasing it in an unfinished state after realising they couldn’t devote the necessary time and resources to fully complete what they’d wanted with the project.
As a result, they say: “you’ll notice some rough edges, some flickering geometry, some missing sounds and so forth. That said, it’s entirely playable and the the core game loop is functional, so please do check it out!” It’s also not being updated/supported and is pay-what-you-want, so you can potter free of charge then decide if you want to support the devs with some cash.
I’d say that it was a pleasing pottering experience with lovely autumnal colours, but definitely not smooth a lot of the time. The thing I noticed most during my time with it was that the camera is incredibly jumpy and doesn’t respond well to the fact that the player is essentially able to climb any surface.
For example, I was clambering along a tree trunk and started to crawl round the side of said trunk to get at some mushrooms growing on the other side. Every time the game recognised me as moving to a new plane/surface the camera angle would switch. When climbing rocky terrain sometimes the camera really freaked out and I’d be swapping between right-way-up, sideways and upside-down camera angles. At points I just needed to hold my finger down on the forward key and ignore the visual feedback I was getting in order to move forward.
So that’s the main warning, but I was also having fun crawling around and finding new bits of the level. There were lily pads after a little waterfall in the stream and over to one side stood an empty tent. I found a blue egg in a bird nest and weird fungus up a tree.
I’m not really sure what to do with my den now, though. I’ve put all the grass in it, but suddenly it won’t accept my mushrooms and I’m not really sure how to hibernate so… I ended up sauntering about and swapping objects that were new and exciting to me for mushrooms that I’d grown tired of having in my inventory. It’s essentially how my handbag works in real life. Today I removed a tangerine and a Sesame Street Grover toy so I could fit a banana in their place.
ANYWAY. Want to come with me on my walk? Use the cursor keys to move left and right through the gallery, or click on the arrows by the header image!