That is what happens when you leave purple suited galaxy trucker Flux Dabes standing still for too long. She strikes a couple poses and then starts doing, um, that. Her running animation is equally silly, as is pretty much everything else about the game. Case in point: here is the game’s intro, in which our intrepid hero trucker is stranded on a planet from which she must escape, or else the entire galaxy her pension is dooooooomed:

Crashlands is pervasively silly, and I’ve been surprised to discover just how much that keeps the sandman away from my poor, helpless eyelids in this, a genre mash-up I kinda expected to snooze through. The humor really is a game-changer.


Wandering through the wilds is amusing because monsters are so strange and goofy. Quests often have me chasing after even goofier (and tougher) named creatures, then harvesting their oh-so-succulent skin flakes. It’s kinda like Monster Hunter in that respect. Crafting yields weapons and items with great names and descriptions—sometimes items that are straight up jokes. Observe:

Other fun things I’ve done in Crashlands:

Another cool thing: Crashlands has a mobile version, and you can transfer saves directly between the Steam and mobile versions with the push of a button. Frankly, I prefer playing on my PC (the interface feels better with more breathing room), but it’s been great taking the game on the road and into the bedroom (but not like that). Honestly, it’s a big part of the reason I can see myself playing this one for some time to come. Between the infinite-ish nature of the game world and some surprisingly convenient portability, it’s a great time-killer.


If you can’t tell, I’m pretty into this game. It is not, in any singular way, a revolution, but it’s like a really good grilled cheese sandwich—or if somebody ate a bunch of different grilled cheese sandwiches, and then they fused in his stomach, and then he gently regurgitated them into a perfectly distributed grilled cheese ball. That is to say: it’s an excellent blend of tried-and-true ingredients with just enough personality (digestive acids, in the previous metaphor) to make them feel novel. Give it a try.

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