Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, by Panache Digital Games, is a game unlike many others that you can play right now. The idea behind it is that you are starting at the beginnings of humanity and all you have to do is to try and become the better version of yourself. You have to try and push the boundaries while also implementing unique ideas to achieve all your goals in a creative way.
You start the game as a monkey that lived 10 million years ago and then you try to acquire more and more skills to become a humanoid counterpart. The game will take you up to 2 million years ago, so it spans quite a long time and it covers some interesting ideas.
You will be able to explore a large part of Africa as it looked millions of years ago and you will need to do everything you can in order to survive.
What the game tries to show and teach you right from the start is that life during those times was not that easy. It was actually very hard to the point where you couldn’t really do a lot to survive without dealing with challenges and issues. It's almost as if it teaches you about the importance of civilization. But what you will notice is that the game doesn’t tell you anything. It just puts you into this world and it encourages you to use all the skills you have in order to survive.
This might be hard for some, but I found it a great challenge. Your first few hours will be spent exploring a bit and also trying to figure out the way you eat, take care of the baby and jump or explore the world. There are dangerous animals too, such as cheetahs or lions and those will attack you very often. Which means you need to learn how to use tools and how to defend yourself early on during the entire process.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a game where everything is about exploring new opportunities while also trying cool, creative ways to bring that next level to life and just have fun with it all the time. Maybe the best thing about Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is that the way you know history took place is not set in stone. You are actually able to decide how you overcome obstacles, what species you have at your disposal, you can even focus on certain attributes too. Everyone will play the game differently and it will be quite an amazing set of opportunities that you do not want to miss.
In Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey you can also create and grow your own clan, create family bonds while also trying to explore. The game world looks amazing, and the best thing about all of this is that you can explore, survive and expand as you go along. It constantly tries to make you complete tasks while also bringing in new and fun ideas for you to play with. Yes these are demanding and challenging things, but at the same time it’s also a creative set of decisions that will shape your experience. And that alone, combined with the crazy yet fun premise of the game makes it a standout!