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  • Summary: Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game from independent studio Panache Digital Games and published by Private Division. From Creative Director Patrice Désilets, experience the beauty and danger of Africa 10 million years ago as your hominid clan mustAncestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game from independent studio Panache Digital Games and published by Private Division. From Creative Director Patrice Désilets, experience the beauty and danger of Africa 10 million years ago as your hominid clan must Explore, Expand, and Evolve to survive over the course of 8 million years. Write your own unique story of human evolution and see if you can survive like our ancestors before us. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 70
  2. Negative: 5 out of 70
  1. 90
    Ancestors is likely going to be a polarizing game, but it’s something so out of the ordinary than what you’ve come accustomed to in either the survival or third person open world genre, that it’s worth a look.
  2. Aug 26, 2019
    80
    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is difficult and opaque in many important ways, but its premise is refreshing and its vision compelling enough to keep the player moving forward. Expect lots of false starts and failure at the beginning, but eventually the mechanics become familiar and the achievement of inching the species forward becomes uniquely rewarding.
  3. Aug 26, 2019
    80
    Panache Digital Games has created a truly immersive, lush environment that’s thrilling to explore and traverse. Utilizing our natural instincts for discovery is truly the most ingenious aspect of the game, as it rewards us for problem solving in ways that already come naturally to us. It’s such a gratifying experience to see our hominids start out with no understanding of the world, to then become fairly self-sustaining creatures thanks to education and discovery. More than anything, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey shows us what amazing creatures we truly are and how far we’ve come as a species. Understanding our past is the gateway to our future.
  4. Aug 26, 2019
    70
    In Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, survival is easy once you decipher the basic mechanics of evolution and sit through the cutscenes, but the journey is full of moments of discovery.
  5. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey teaches us the evolution of humanity. But the game is not very successful in terms of mechanics.
  6. Sep 9, 2019
    55
    In summary, you’ll know if Ancestors is up your alley pretty quick. And kudos to you, I genuinely hope you enjoy it, so they can make more games that are this out there. It’s something the industry absolutely needs even if they’re not ready for me yet. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it and who knows? I may come back later when it’s had time to sit with the general population only to really discover its wonders. But for now, my dear reader, I’d rather forget about my ancestors lost to time and play a game like Ape Out instead.
  7. Aug 26, 2019
    40
    As it stands, investing in Ancestors' journey demands too much effort for too little reward.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 78
  2. Negative: 31 out of 78
  1. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Is this game for everyone, clearly not, but this game deserves more than a 0.
    It's sad to see people giving a 1 or a 0 and posting troll
    Is this game for everyone, clearly not, but this game deserves more than a 0.
    It's sad to see people giving a 1 or a 0 and posting troll reviews when the developers clearly put lots of love into the game.

    The game doesn't hold your hand besides the help screen when you pause the game.
    It's a really good survival game with an original theme.
    The game Reddit is full of people trying to understand the game more intricate mechanics and that reminds me of how games were back then, how you discussed it with your friends to find secret stuff.
    Overall, one of my favorite game experiences of 2019.
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  2. Nov 28, 2019
    10
    It's the best game i've every played in my life. I've got 500 games on steam, played everything at some point. This game is too good for thisIt's the best game i've every played in my life. I've got 500 games on steam, played everything at some point. This game is too good for this world it was made by a genius. Thank God for this game. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    It's a challenging game, if you don't like survival games what are hard then don't buy it. if you like a challenge and your creative or wantIt's a challenging game, if you don't like survival games what are hard then don't buy it. if you like a challenge and your creative or want to learn to be more creative then buy it.

    don't try to be a one-man army the game is fairly realistic, if you try to survive on your own and don't use teamwork of your clan its much harder, remember to stock up on useful items or ask your clan to hold useful items as you bring them with you so if one of you get hurt it can be quickly fixed.

    I would say bring 4 people, give 2 of them weapons and the other 2 medicine plants for bleeding and poison. you can also bring a fix for broken bones but it's not as life-threating unless you are trying to run from something.

    personally, I love a hard game that others struggle to excel at. I and my friends like to play the game to kill any time we have when we bored or need to relax or something.
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  4. Sep 22, 2019
    8
    La idea y la ambientacion son muy buenas pero el juego carece de buenas mecanicas de combate y crafteo... las especies de animales y plantasLa idea y la ambientacion son muy buenas pero el juego carece de buenas mecanicas de combate y crafteo... las especies de animales y plantas son pocas y de repiten demaciado pero el juego es entretenido y la sensacion de avanzar en conocimiento y habilidad lo hace muy entretenido .. recomendable. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2019
    4
    I'm very sad leaving this review...
    I genuinely enjoyed game and I do not consider my time wasted. All the flaws were manageable except
    I'm very sad leaving this review...
    I genuinely enjoyed game and I do not consider my time wasted. All the flaws were manageable except literally gamebreaking. Adults died, so you left to die too. You can't progress anymore and finding new people with elder ones is unbearable. Gameplay is too slow by itself, I just dont want to spend another 10 hours just to progress a little more. Basically I just discovered how to make a spike. It's sad to imagine how much I'm missing out but I don't care to know anymore.

    This score is well deserved. Either you intended to make that rule or you missed such horribly obvious stupidity, it's sheer atrocity.
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  6. Aug 28, 2019
    2
    Beautiful environment and an interesting idea, but too many design flaws.

    For a game about being "creative" and surviving, there really
    Beautiful environment and an interesting idea, but too many design flaws.

    For a game about being "creative" and surviving, there really isn't much to do- eat, drink, procreate, make stick, give stick to other ape, kill a tiger or get killed by one. I don't think dragging yourself through the game at a comatose pace qualifies as fun. Becomes incredibly dull and repetitive really fast.

    Even with a full HUD and full tutorial some things remained unclear. Camera angles can be super awkward sometimes.

    Tutorial is really half-assed, some basic mechanics are not even explained. I'd recommend reading a guide to even have an inkling on what to do after the intro because the game sure as hell doesn't care about giving you any directions.
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  7. Dec 4, 2019
    0
    First off, I've definitely played this game and beat it. I find the horseracing to be bland, and as it's such a huge part of the game, it'sFirst off, I've definitely played this game and beat it. I find the horseracing to be bland, and as it's such a huge part of the game, it's pretty disappointing. The space combat was also pretty terrible if you ask me. Expand

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