Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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7 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2020

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is quite a nice game if you are willing to spend time to learn it. It's not easy, because of lack of communication with player. If you dare though, it will provide satisfying and one-of-a-kind gameplay experience.

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4 / 10
Jan 8, 2020

An interesting specimen that would’ve benefitted from annoying tedium and clunky controls being weeded out of its gene pool.

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6 / 10.0
Jan 7, 2020

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a fun game to experiment with but if you get frustrated easily I wouldn't recommend this. For anyone looking for a challenge or fans of survival games, this will be right up your ally! To me, the game is worth a try for the experience but that doesn't mean it has no flaws there as there are a few of them, but at the same time, the game can be very rewarding.

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4 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2019

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a game that wanted to be so much but in that desire ended up being so little. A repetitive cycle of slowly walking around the jungle avoiding predators while visiting landmarks that all look the same and cranking out babies that know just a little bit more than their parents. It's a game that achieved nothing but mediocracy despite its legendary pedigree.

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65 / 100
Dec 27, 2019

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey brings a bold and innovative proposal in terms of the theme and mechanics of experimentation and exploration of an inhospitable and dangerous environment, but it carries too much in some of these aspects and, above all, in the need for numerous iterations, which take the game to a sameness that soon replaces the sense of novelty of the early hours.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2019

While the idea of being able to influence the evolution of your clan of apes seems novel and exciting the reality is that it's a bit of a repetitive slog. Through bad decisions or sheer bad luck, it's far too easy to wipe out your whole clan which means that you'll have to start all over again from the beginning. It's an interesting experience but one that's tough to recommend to anyone but the most patient of gamers.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2019

I briefly felt prepared to give a bad rating to the game after experiencing so much frustration, but that would not be fair to this game in the least. It would be ignoring the joy and discovery inherent to many actions in the game.

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75 / 100
Dec 10, 2019

The evolution simulator offers a lively, original world, but grind and half-baked ideas leave a bland aftertaste.

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Johnny Hurricane

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60 / 100
Dec 10, 2019

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey has some good ideas, but the slow pace and repetitive gameplay will wear you down quickly. Watch some gameplay footage before picking this one up.

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Dec 9, 2019

Ancestors rejects mass appeal and instead favors a grueling but awe-inspiring look at our earliest ancestors.

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