I just recently discovered Forager from my boyfriend and I was immediately hooked! It’s such a cute game too, so I thought it would be a good idea to share this with any of you who might be interested in playing something new.
What is Forager?
Forager is a 2D casual survival game for PC created by HopFrog. Unfortunately, it’s just a single-player game, but don’t let that get you down – it’s lots of fun! Like other survival games, there’s a lot of exploration and crafting to be done. Gather resources like wood, coal, stone, food, build industrial structures, make money, and fight off monsters! You can find this game on Steam, Humble Bundle, or Gog (no link on this post is an affiliate link, otherwise I would’ve said it above).
You are but a lowly cute white blob person thing and you’ve got a pickaxe. You start off on an island filled with trees, flower bushes (which yield yummy berries), regular stone, and maybe some iron ores (the rocks with blue crystals on them). Your job is to gather them with your pickaxe and clear the land. They will respawn over time as you chop them down. Eventually, you’ll start to see green slimes, which you can use the same pickaxe to kill them. Eventually, you’ll get yourself to level 2 and accumulate resources, which is where the game gets a bit more interesting.
As time goes on you’ll be going to the menu more often. This menu contains five main sections respectively: Gear, Items, Build, Buy Land, and Configure. You can access all of this by pressing your ESC button.
Contains your current equipped items, and any seals or artifacts you may have.
You can access your list of Skills here. Every time you level up, you gain one Skill Point. As a beginner, you will only have access to four skills: Industry, Foraging, Magic, and Economy. Unlocking one of these skills will lead to more skills available in that same topic or category and help you further develop your island.
Unlocking Industry will help you unlock different structures or machines that can help … well, industrialize your island(s). You can unlock things like more sophisticated forges and sewing machines, power plants, factories, drills, etc.
Foraging can help you gather more resources, stay full for a longer time and thus reduce your energy loss, and even gain EXP by eating.
Economy can unlock more ways to gain money through markets, banks, etc.
Magic can unlock Faeries, which are basically little goodies floating around the island that give you bonus exp. Progressing through the magic skill tree can also unlock cauldrons and scrolls.
This is where you can view all of the items you’ve picked up in your backpack. You start with 16 slots and can later expand your backpack to fit more items in it.
This window lets you build structures for:
- Industrial (like furnaces, forges, and sewing machines)
- Farming (like bridges, fish traps, wind mills)
- Economic (like banks, markets, vaults)
- Magical (like cauldrons, inscription tables)
You can expand your islands and unlock different areas like the Desert, Snowy islands, and even Hell. Depending on the island, you may get some puzzles to solve in exchange for a treasure chest!
I’m still actually struggling to solve this puzzle in my current game. If any of you actually play this and get to this island and solve this puzzle, let me know!
This is where you adjust things like sound, graphics, language, etc.
The controls and interface are really easy to learn. As a beginner, you are shown the basics of what to do, and what to build. As you continue to level up, you learn that certain structures can help you either make more money or easily gain EXP to level up. It gets addicting because you just want to keep progressing, learning new skills, and expanding your land! I would say there is a bit of strategy in learning what skills to learn first before unlocking others but ultimately, all paths end the same way. It’s just a matter of whether you are able to get there quickly or not!
There were a few things that I didn’t quite like, though they’re not many. For one thing, I found it rather annoying that you’re only allowed to sell an item for the entire quantity that you possess by right clicking, or selling an item individually (x1) by left clicking. You can’t manually enter the number you want to buy or sell – it’s all, or one.
Another one for me was that the information that the skills panel gives about each skill you can unlock wasn’t very helpful. It can tell you that it’ll unlock certain structures, but how are they helpful to you and the other stuff you’ve already unlocked? There’s no indication of that so you can only guess what it is and take the risk of using 1 skill point on it.
Third, big structures like windmills and lighthouses can really obstruct your view unless you physically go behind them. Unless you move behind that place to check, there’s no way to easily see if there are enemies hiding or gold ores behind it!
The thing you should take away from this post is: try forager! I love the graphics, the controls are really easy to understand and use, and even though it’s 1p only, you’ll be kept busy for quite some time. It’s even a small game file too, so it’s a quick download (for me, this actually matters because my internet is so slow and if it’s a big file size, I have no hope of playing it any time soon)! I totally would recommend that you all give it a try.
Thanks for reading! Until then! ♡