Journey to the Savage Planet is a smaller game – running about 6-7 hours if you don’t do a lot of exploring, but expanding out over the 10 hour mark if you like to wander and goof around – but it’s packed with more than enough content to make it worth the price of admission.
As one of the new members of the Kindred Aerospace (the 4th best interstellar exploration company) Pioneer Program, you’re dropped unceremoniously onto a new planet with the goal of exploring it to see if it’s suitable as humanity’s new home.
With the budget having been spent on getting you there, unfortunately you’ve got little in the way of equipment to explore and no fuel to get back, but with the help of a 3D printer and a plucky computer assistant I’m sure you’ll be fine. As bad as the initial planning was, it goes off the rails even more when you land on an ‘uninhabited’ world that’s clearly been inhabited at some point – and perhaps still is…
Journey to the Savage Planet is a lot of fun, with a clearly comedic bent that’s probably not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of Monty Python you’ll probably ‘get’ this too. The videos from home are hilariously weird, and exploring the planet, unlocking and upgrading your equipment as you go, is a blast. While it’s not the longest game out there, at under $34 Canadian, you can do a lot worse for your money.
What I loved:
great progression system
snappy writing that hits the comedic mark more often than it misses
wonderfully weird world and creatures
long enough to feel worth it, but doesn’t overstay its welcome
What I didn’t like:
commercials that play in the rover repeat quickly
would have loved to see even more progression options
Here’s the opening 10 minutes of the game:
Journey to the Savage Planet is available January 28th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Game reviewed on Xbox One X using code provided by the publisher.
If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted adventure game, look no further than Journey to the Savage Planet, slated to hit shelves in early 2020. In it, gamers will hit the surface of planet AR-Y 26 and do their best to explore despite a lack of either equipment or proper planning.
With two-player co-op play, maybe this is the perfect way for you and a friend to kill time gaming in the new year? Journey to the Savage Planet starting January 28th, 2020, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now for PC and PS4, with Xbox One coming soon.
Here’s the press release:
COMEDIC INTERSTELLAR SCI-FI ADVENTURE GAME JOURNEY TO THE SAVAGE PLANET PREPARES FOR LAUNCH IN JANUARY
A New Trailer Teases 2-Player Co-Op Feature in a Vibrant Throwback to the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
Pre-Order Now for Exclusive In-Game Items and Other Incentives
CALABASAS, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2019 – Global publisher 505 Gamesand Typhoon Studios will launch the humorous sci-fi exploration and adventure game Journey to the Savage Planetdigitally worldwide and at physical retail in North America on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. A full global release at physical retail will follow in supported countries worldwide on Friday, Jan. 31 and is priced at $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 on all formats and territories where available for purchase.
In a new trailer and b-roll footage unveiled today at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, viewers are treated to an exciting look at more of Journey to the Savage Planet’s weirdly wonderful alien world, including the dangerous Jellywaft Islands, the murky Swamp Gully and a towering Fungal Forest, among other intriguing environments. Never-before-seen creatures showcase the space adventure’s zany and peculiar comedic charm such as the Floopsnoot, a dangerous flying one-eyed creature and the Insectoid Swarm, a dense cluster of angry insects. Also unveiled is the announcement of a new 2-player online co-op feature enabling players to adventure and explore the upbeat and comical world of Journey to the Savage Planet with a friend.
Journey to the Savage Planet is an upbeat first-person adventure and exploration game set in a bright and colorful alien world. As an employee of Kindred Aerospace, which proudly touts its rating as the “4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company,” players are dropped onto the uncharted planet AR-Y 26, deep in a fictitious, far-away corner of the universe. Launched with high hopes but little equipment and no real plan, players are invited to explore, catalog alien flora and fauna and determine if this strange planet is fit for human habitation.
Pre-orders for the new aspirational interstellar sci-fi game are now available worldwide at digital retail for PC and PS4, and at physical retail for PS4 and Xbox One (with digital orders for Xbox One to follow soon). Players who pre-order Journey to the Savage Planet on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will receive two exclusive in-game pre-order bonus items: The Martin Tweed digital bobblehead, a perfect complement to players’ in-game Javelin habitat, and a Kindred Aerospace “4th Best” pistol charm, giving players an increased chance at better loot drops when equipped. PlayStation 4 and PC players will receive 10% off digital pre-orders form the PlayStation Store and Epic Games store. Additionally, players who pre-order Journey to the Savage Planet for PlayStation 4 will be treated to a dynamic console theme. Players pre-ordering Journey to the Savage Planet from the Epic Games Store will receive a digital wallpaper graphic. Pre-order bonus items will be delivered to players at game launch.
A demo of Journey to the Savage Planet’s single-player mode will be available to consumers in 505 Games’ booth (#425) at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West in Seattle, WA from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2.