Beasts of Bermuda Review
I’ve got to admit that I’m a big dinosaur fan. Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? They’re big, deadly, and really loud, but the thing is, there’s a shortage of quality dinosaur simulator games in the market. Beasts of Bermuda, however, fills in that shortage adequately enough for some by offering a variety of different dinosaurs and landscapes. To be honest, this game was a bit boring for me. The usual player experience is just “run around and wait to grow up”. I also have some other gripes with the game that will be addressed further into the review. At the end of the day, the game’s lack of important features definitely turned away many players that were originally interested.
World of Dinosaurs
This game puts the player in control of a dinosaur, which can be anything from which can be anything from a big hulking T-rex to a more nimble velociraptor, and maybe even a pteranodon. While playing the game, I had to keep track of several different things, namely, the comfort, water, food, stamina, and health bars. Some of these were a real pain to keep track of, like the water and hunger bars, since they seemed to drain quicker and quicker. If it drained completely, I’d start losing comfort, and when I ran out, I would die. But even though I am not considered adept at gaming, I quickly learned how to survive, but maybe not thrive, in this kill or be killed world. For me the main highlight was the fact that I could experience ‘Jurassic Park’ with friends through online multiplayer.
As far as gameplay goes, you can run around, attack other dinosaurs, eat, and drink. Growing is easily the most tedious aspect of this, and it can take a few hours to a day to get to the adult stage of growth, and you can lose all your progress in an instant if you die. In addition, being attacked or attacking others is pretty run-of-the-mill, and is basically just dinosaurs biting or clawing at each other. It can actually be hard to find food and water, and that resulted in me dying several times. Overall, I’d say that the gameplay is similar to other online dinosaur simulator/PvP games such as the Isle, maybe with a few aspects added, but nothing special enough to warrant a reaction from me.
As explained to me by another player in the game, the comfort bar is a lot more complicated than just a secondary health bar. Well, it sort of is one, since if it runs out, you die. And apparently, being near dinosaurs that are larger than you will make you intimidated, and lower your comfort level. Health is completely separate and usually decreases from falling down or being attacked.
A big part of the game are talent points. They allow your dinosaur to grow and evolve new talents, such as the ability to run up slopes faster or the ability to survive a lightning strike. Dinosaurs also have the ability to mutate some skills, which means that they can be unlocked without spending a point. Unlocking these skills also allows you to pass some of them on when you nest with another dinosaur, creating your own progeny.
Probably the biggest gripe I had with this game, past the glitches and bugs, were the lack of a tutorial or a proper wiki. All of those previous bars and meters I mentioned? The community on one of the servers had to teach me that. There were no guides that a normal player could use to learn the game adequately except from those already experienced in playing the game. If not for the lead developer literally guiding me and a bunch of community members helping me, I would have probably dropped the game after dying a few times and called it a day. Glitches were a far-off issue compared to this one. Seriously, although the rest of the game is passable, just as the dinosaurs went extinct from a falling flaming meteor, the lack of a tutorial and wiki probably will kill this game for most new players.
With all these factors combined, it’s reasonable to conclude that the game isn’t for everyone, and definitely not for me. Even though the game is in early access, it still needs to have the bare essentials such as a tutorial and a wiki. Many people aren’t that willing to spend a few hours just learning how to play a game, and the lead developer of the game certainly won’t be there for normal players to guide them. In general, the game looks good on the surface, but below it is a convoluted system that not many players want to spend time on learning. I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re one of the players that will spend a few hours to learn a game, go check it out on Steam at the link below.
Get Beasts of Bermuda on Steam.