The Bigsnax Island Review – But Why? A community of geeks

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Bigsnax Island is a new free DLC for the popular PlayStation 5 launch title Bugnax. Developed by Young Horses, the new DLC will launch on April 28 alongside the Xbox Gamepass and Nintendo Switch editions of the full game.

Bigsnax Island follows The Journalist as they join several residents of Snaxburg to travel to a brand new location that was previously unknown. The DLC introduces Triffany, Chandlo, Floofty and Shelda, all with brand new adventures and storylines. As with the quests in the main game, each adventure in Bigsnax Island is written with the utmost care. There’s a great mix of sincerity and absurdist humor that makes the story content incredibly enjoyable from start to finish.

Apart from adding new story content, the main highlight of Bigsnax Island is the addition of the Bigsnax themselves. If, like me, you found yourself laughing at the names and looks of some of the original Bugsnax, the new Bigsnax will be an absolute delight. My favorite is the Clawbsteroni, a macaroni-based lobster, along with others like the Deviled Eggler and the Spaghider. There are also some really interesting story beats that revolve around the Bigsnax mythology and how Grumpus like Triffany react to their existence.

Since these Bigsnax are much bigger than regular Bugsnax, players must use the Shrink Spice to capture these funny little creatures. The mechanics for catching each of the new Bigsnax are intriguing and challenging, adding to the already excellent gameplay variety. There are also plenty of new puzzles used to unlock new creatures and locations which only add to the fun, although they can be a little frustrating to figure out at first.

The addition of a new island and the Bigsnax might be the highlight of the new DLC, but honestly, they might not even be the best part. The house being built in Snaxburg for the Reporter is complete, and with it comes a brand new in-game game. Fulfilling requests from Snaxburg residents will unlock new ways to decorate your home, with each resident giving items that match his own personality. I found myself spending most of my time focusing on my new home instead of solving the mystery of the Bigsnax, which I wouldn’t usually do in a game. It’s a testament to how well all the characters are designed individuals, and spending more time helping them is incredibly rewarding on many levels.

The final new addition, not including some minor quality of life changes like fast travel, is the absolute best part of the game. In fact, it’s so good it jumps Bugnax to the top of my list of all time favorites. Two words: Bugsnax hats. That’s right, the Bugsnax can wear hats now. If that sounds like a silly addition, that’s because it is! But it fits the tone of the game so well, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed finding new hats for my favorite creatures. Little things like the inclusion of hats are part of what makes Bugsnax so charming. There’s a lot of heart put into every detail throughout the game, and it’s clear that Young Horses is passionate about bringing as much joy to players as possible.

Like my time with the base game, Bigsnax Island was an absolute blast from start to finish. This is absolutely a game that anyone who loves challenging puzzles and whimsical characters should take the time to play, especially now that it’s available on so many other platforms.

Bigsnax Island releases April 28 on PlayStation, Xbox Gamepass, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Bigsnax Island

9/10

TL; DR

Like my time with the base game, The Isle of Bigsnax was an absolute blast from start to finish. This is absolutely a game that anyone who loves challenging puzzles and whimsical characters should take the time to play, especially now that it’s available on so many other platforms.

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