A little over a week ago I discovered a new game, Forager. I was watching a streamer I’m a fan of as he was doing a segment called First20, where he plays the first 20 minutes, or so, of a game so that people can get an idea of it before they buy it. Immediately I could tell that this was the type of game that I could sink hours into. And in the short amount of time I’ve had it, that’s all I’ve done. I can’t seem to put the game down even when I need to go to bed or do work.
Forager is mostly an intense crafting game. You start on an island and wait as resources spawn around you. Collecting these resources allows you to build and craft new items. With every action you take you earn exp and for each level you can unlock one of the 64 skills available. Eventually you can unlock new islands and discover new types of land as well as some puzzles.
This entire game is grinding. And I admit, that’s not for everyone, but it is for me. There’s just something about the feeling of collecting resources and completing tasks that makes me feel good. It’s the same thing that drove me to put 150 hours into Stardew Valley, just really sped up. Not to mention the game looks cute, sounds good, and plays with only a few issues (I can never get the fences to work correctly). After you play for awhile you can even unlock a few extra modes to play with. There’s a speed run challenge where you aim to unlock everything as quickly as possible, single island where you speed run but on one island, and hard mode where everything is harder. As I get closer and closer to having unlocked everything I am both excited and scared to try hard mode.
I’ve included the video of Forager that led me to buy the game, in case anyone is curious. It costs $20 which was definitely worth it for me, considering I’ve put nearly 30 hours into the game with no signs of slowing down.