Co-op puzzler Fossil Hunters erupts onto Steam

Fossil Hunters

While I feel that I’ve largely outgrown my childhood adoration of all things dinosaur-related (up to and including excavating ancient bone records), watching the trailer for Fossil Hunters made me squeal a little with joy, as my inner child bounced furiously off the walls of my cold and hollow adult soul.

Originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter and refined through a stint in Early Access, the final version of Reptoid Games’ cooperative game of fossil excavation and assembly is out now, and looks quite utterly charming, so far as I’m concerned.

Fossil Hunters is quite obviously aimed at kids, and that’s okay. Across 30+ levels, up to four players hop, skip and jump around dangers in order to dig through stone in search of fossil fragments. Each fragment has several attachment points, and – once dusted off – can either be connected to other arbitrary fossil pieces, or placed in a pre-set template to begin construction on a larger skeleton. Bigger templates or improbable-looking freeform skeletons give you a higher score at the end of the level.

While there seems to be no combat, per se, there are antagonistic forces down in the depths, and you’ll need to cover your camp with lights to ward off giant subterranean bugs or they’ll go and mess up your perfectly arranged fossil records. There are other environmental hazards to deal with as well, like water (don’t drop your fossils in there), lava pits and earthquakes.

Despite the finite number of levels, there are apparently random elements to each meaning that replay value is respectable. While the game can be played solo, it seems built with co-op in mind, albeit local-only. While I’ve yet to get my hands on this one yet, the Steam reviews all seem near-unanimous in their agreement that this is a proper ‘all ages’ game that should be fun for just about anyone, although perhaps not quite the most intense of challenge for more experienced gamers.

Fossil Hunters is out now on Steam for £11/$15, minus the usual 10% launch discount.

5 Comments

  1. fuggles says:

    Whilst I came here intending to point out that the fall part 2 came out this week (play it y’all, the fall part 1 is an amazing so story heavy adventure, so play that first), I can now point that out and put this on my to-do list for the nipper.

    30 levels though… Seems a lot to do a little in, but not like being bored of repetition seems to affect kids! A shame the dinosaurs don’t come alive once built.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      The Fall part 2 is on my to-play list as well. I really enjoyed the first chapter, even if it was a bit short, and the wait for the sequel has felt like forever.

      I’ve just got so much other stuff to play. My backlog probably stretches back to 2015 at this point.

  2. ghruv says:

    I was in on the Kickstarter for this one! Great to see it released. It’s a really chill game, I just kind of zone out and make Dinos. Definitely not made for a hardcore audience, but I like it a lot.

  3. ghruv says:

    Oh btw – the game is not online multiplayer. Check the steam page for details on what is and isn’t supported!

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Oops, it listed co-op and then local co-op seperately, which usually means online and local.