Ancestors: The Odyssey of Humanity is not afraid to plunge you into the depths. My first foray into the survival game of Panache Digital began as a young monkey alone in a dark forest. The imaginary laugh of hyenas and tiger tangles echoed in a confusing cacophony in the trees. Before I could finish reading the message about my first goal, a warning appeared and asked me to avoid it, which I could not be sure about. Not knowing what to do, I could not respond in time, and my monkey was alone, anxious, hallucinating, bleeding, and poisoned. On my screen was a milky display of dark green and changing shadows. I had absolutely no idea what to do or where to go. I started walking and luckily found the rest of my clan 30 minutes later.
At first, I thought the whole ordeal was just a bad start. As it turns out, this first journey through the confusion of a dangerous jungle blindly heading in different directions to find someone to help me, is a pretty accurate representation of what your trip to Ancestors involves on a regular basis. My time with the game has always led me to disorient destinies, to test myself, to find out what I did wrong, and then to do my best to adapt. Ancestors are proud to give you as little information as possible and to dare to rely on your ingenuity and ingenuity to survive. Although the game lives up to its promise, it does not provide a convincing reason why you want to face the challenge of the latter.
 You play as a member of a monkey clan in 10 million BC. Africa and trying to ensure that your lineage is up to two million BC. Chr. The time archaeologists say that the evolution of our ancestors has finally transformed us from apelike beings into one new, more human species. To survive so long, you need to manage how much you eat, drink and sleep while keeping away from predators and caring for injuries. As your life goes on and you interact with more aspects of the world, you become smarter and acquire new skills that you can then pass on to your offspring. After death, you take control of another monkey in your clan and continue the process to evolve into a brand new, more human species before your entire clan dies out completely.
Every second of real time translates into a minute in play – except in sleep, which accelerates this equation. Their progress in the game opens up opportunities for the further development of the clan, then progressing in time for months, decades or millennia. For example, if you or one of your clan members becomes pregnant, you will jump forward 15 months at the birth of a child. As a grown-up, having a baby on your back can make you leap in time, you can build up energy to further improve your neurological network and unlock new abilities. In this way, you can advance a generation and increase the time by a full 15 years. A generation leap can be followed by an evolution that leads you to a new, calculated position on the timeline that depends on the progress you make. For example, if you adapt your metabolism to new plants, you will not get as many benefits as learning how to use stone as a tool. The developments are pushing you forward tens of thousands of years, providing the most efficient way of reaching 10 million BC. At two million BC To arrive.
However, it's definitely not easy, especially as your clan has to feed itself a single line in those eight million years. Although your clan members learn what you are doing in real time, the loss of an entire clan means you have to reboot from a brand new line and re-learn everything you've discovered before. For example, if your clan dies after becoming accustomed to eating fish, you not only have to go through the entire process of announcing your diet, but also teach your new lineage how to make spears. If a few minutes of knowledge are lost, that's no big deal. However, losing hours of progress can be quite daunting.
Instead of storing your skills and knowledge between runs, Ancestors records your progress by tracking how far you are traveling. Initially, you can start a new line only on a cliff within a jungle. However, you can also discover and unlock other jungle starting points and even reach other biomes such as a lake-filled swamp and a dry savanna. Unlocking these new starting points provides a welcome change – as each environment contains its own unique ecosystem of creatures and plants and a range of weather-related challenges – your primates will always start in the same unsuspecting state. Even if you already know what to do, you need to trace your steps back and re-execute the same movements to restore the same conditions that caused your monkey's neurological network to evolve to where you were in the game, Before your clan is deleted – Ideally, more of your clan is intact this time, so you can keep going.
This gameplay loop can be immensely frustrating. The longer you play, the longer it will take. It took almost two hours on my fourth line to retrace my steps and repeat everything that I had learned a few times over. There is nothing in the game that will allow you to recover from a mistake and quickly rebuild the lost. This is demoralizing if you are to blame yourself, and downright frustrating if it's just bad luck. I've lost entire clans because of my own hubris, but I've also lost a clan because the game after evolution has spawned my clan by chance next to a tiger's cave and there was no material nearby to make weapons. The last 15 minutes of this eight-hour run, I helplessly watched as my entire clan was slowly swallowed before I had to start over.
I could not go back and try another approach to escape the massacre of this unfortunate run because there is such an Ancestors has no manual memory function. The game is automatically saved when you discover a new location or go to sleep. Each lineage is bound to a storage file. You can manually save your game on your PC, but there is no simple or straightforward solution in the game that will help you punish death.
The low levels of contentment offered by the game are permanently eradicated by violent predators, though the threat does so. If you have not made it to the point of entering the expansive capacity and performance tree of the neurological network, you must You do not repeat everything you have already done to discover new things – what is vital and one of the few good parts is the ancestor. Ancestors offers virtually no tutorials and forces you to experiment to succeed. It's a pleasure to stack up various objects to see what happens, then compile and test hypotheses. As frustrated as I was that I had to repeat the entire process of creating the above-mentioned Angelspeer in repeated playthrough, I felt really successful the first time I found out. Most of the ancestral riddles can be solved with logical reason. So the challenge is figuring out where to find the materials you think are needed. Granted, since this is a game, there are occasional arbitrary hurdles that you need to jump through to create certain tools, but you will usually find them only in conjunction with more advanced late game tasks.
You will not have fun Much of the satisfaction of discovering new things and evolving on a regular basis. Predators keep sneaking up on you and interrupting your efforts, which usually causes you to drop everything you've been dealing with. It's daunting to want to explore and forge new tools just to stop your odyssey, to return to your clan and deal with your injuries – and then be attacked almost immediately if you leave. Yes, the jungle is a dangerous place. But when a tiger jumps out of the reeds to help a crocodile trying to eat me, it's a clear reminder of how the ancestors maintain the need to challenge the challenge of survival beyond the experience of evolution. Historically, it makes sense that our ancestors of monkeys have undoubtedly lived more years as prey than as predators. But in the context of a video game, the constant barrage of spawning enemies hinders the gameplay of learning, reacting and developing – a roadblock that is only eliminated and eventually overthrown as you gain the skills and tools to make your entire clan work together and provide adequate defense against Build the creatures that hunt you. However, much remains to be done to get to that point. Therefore, the fight with larger predators – especially with the collection of deadly wildcats that seemingly rush at you in every quiet moment – feels unfair at an early stage, especially in areas where there are such. No trees to escape to. Dealing with their near-constant attacks or the wounds they inflict can make it daunting to actually experiment and evolve.
It's best to feel secure playing Ancestors. You're up in the trees. You spend a lot of time in the branches, but unfortunately there is no easy way to travel between them. You can practically climb anything in Ancestors, provided you have the stamina you need, so climbing into a tree is a quick and painless process. However, since it is not possible to correct easily – and since trees rarely stand in a straight line – you can usually only enjoy a few seconds of faster, energetic movements before the branch runs out and you fall to the ground and break You might get your legs if you were too high. And that's a shame, because it's actually fun to jump from branch to branch, if you have the momentum. There are only a few ways to use what you've learned once the mechanics stop working. As you leave the forest, your chances decrease even more, because the following areas are sparse for the large trees of the first environment. The game rewards initial experimentation, but then asks you to repeat the process over and over again without securing your legacy. It's an absolute gimmick to achieve the goal closest to Ancestors – survive for eight million years – and a costly mistake, whether in the game or in your own, can wipe out everything you've achieved. The low level of contentment provided by the game is consistently nullified by violent predators, though the threat wears off as soon as you make it far enough into the expansive neurological network skill and bonus tree. But as it turns out, investing in Ancestors journey requires too much effort and too little reward.