Top Critic Average
Fun combat, great writing, and a great look, but with pacing and progression tuned for a mobile experience, not the PC.
A deep and thoughtfully designed progression system provides many hours of discovery
Crashlands swooped in under my radar and surprised me with its complex yet streamlined gameplay and laugh-out-loud humor. I tend to play it for longer stints than most portable games, and it has given me a reason to carry my iPad with me wherever I go.
A more story-driven take on the gather & build genre, Crashlands wears its inspirations boldly, but gets away with it.
Developer Butterscotch Shenanigans delivers a rip-roaring success with crafting action RPG Crashlands, bringing outlandish humor and addictive gameplay to the indie scene.
Crashlands is a charming cartoony story-driven RPG. The Adventure mode is a near flawless balance of story, exploration, combat, and crafting, but if you have a preferred playstyle or want to try something different after you've beaten the game, there are three other modes to choose from. With its convenient gameplay mechanics and detailed design, time easily flies while playing this enjoyable game.
Crashlands smooths the desperate edge off of open world survival crafting, and turns it into a laid-back experience that works best in short, pick-up-and-play sessions. That said I personally found the game's persistent random humor to be pretty irritating.
Crashlands' cartoon sci-fi world offers a fun-loving cross between Minecraft, Toejam & Earl and Don't Starve with its ‘RPG-lite' mix of crafting, questing and combat. It's incredibly easy to pick up and play thanks to the streamlined design of its inventory and the automation of accessing tools and weapons, and while its grind for new armour can get a little repetitive after a while, there are some cute little mechanics to unearth, such as the power to incubate eggs and nurture your own pets. While it's never going to hold a candle to the RPG chops of Diablo III: Eternal Collection, it still offers a colourful curio alternative on Switch.
A fun game that surprises and amuses. It's not exactly what you expect, but it's still a pleasant surprise. Skeptics should hold out until they see enough of it.
Crashlands is a light-hearted romp, in which you are free to explore a fun alien planet at your own pace and make a little part of it feel like home.