Video games can take us to some pretty wild locales, from gigantic starbases in outer space to mediaeval cities. But one of my favorite gaming motifs - and one that is woefully underused - is "tiny guy in a big world". As a kid, I was fascinated with the Borrowers and Littles book series, as I love the idea of being so small that the rest of the world doesn't even know you exist.
That's certainly going to be the case in Smalland: Survive the Wilds, a new survival game coming from Merge Games. In Smalland, the people in your settlement are so tiny that they can forge armor from insects. But of course, you've got to kill them first. Check out the trailer below for some pretty righteous moments of insect combat:
The soundtrack really sells that thing, doesn't it? This is a survival game, so expect a lot of foraging, crafting, and running away from stuff in the game's opening hours. But a recent PR release does state that there will be an enormous world to explore, both on the ground and in the canopy of the foliage. Lots of NPCs to grab quests from, secrets to uncover, and eventually you'll be able to mount some of these bugs and use them to ride around. That sounds awesome.
Smalland: Survive the Wilds is scheduled to launch into Early Access on March 39, 2023. You can wishlist the game now on Steam and the Epic Games Store.