Bugsnax is coming out for PlayStation and PC in just a couple of days, and – as you’d expect – the title has been compared to creature collecting games such as Pokémon. While comparisons to games like Pokémon seem obvious, some internet theories have suggested it could be like Doki Doki Literature Club by secretly being a horror spectacle. Theories such as this have resulted in people asking is Bugsnax a horror game, and here you’ll discover everything you must know.
Dubbed a “fantastic blend of bizarre and brilliant,” Bugsnax has received a mostly positive reception from critics with many saying that you just need to play the game. Some people scoffed at its State of Play debut thanks to its appearance, but many others became curious about the game and whether it would be any good.
While many either liked the look of the game or decided to wait for more news about it, some have theorised that it is secretly a horror game with comparisons made to Doki Doki Literature Club.
Is Bugsnax a horror game?
Young Horses’ president and creator of Bugsnax, Phillip Tibitoski, has said that the game is not secretly horror.
Some people have theorised that Bugsnax is a horror game disguised by its overly cutesy appearance, but – instead – it appears to simply have more mystery and depth than you’d expect.
Internet theories have compared it to games like Doki Doki Literature Club which was a generically cute dating simulator until it became super dark and began breaking the fourth-wall.
These internet theories don’t suggest that Bugsnax will break the fourth wall, but they used Doki Doki Literature Club as just an example of how a cute appearance can be hiding a sinister nature.
However, Bugsnax is said to not secretly be a horror game, with Tibitoski telling ShackNews that there is a superficial understanding as well as a deeper one.
Instead of being a horror game, Bugsnax is said to be full of many individual personalities who are obvious archetypes but with surprisingly complex and realistic issues such as depression and anxiety (per Gamespot).
So, while its cutesy and kid-friendly appearance isn’t hiding a horror game, it could be judged as concealing realistic personalities and issues you wouldn’t expect to encounter in a cartoon.
Still, the only way to guarantee that Bugsnax is not a Lovecraftian epic in disguise is by witnessing its mystery unravel with your own eyes.
After all, becoming what you eat is very disturbing and horror-esque, especially with how obsessed the Grumpuses are. Plus, at the end of its announcement trailer, there is a completely transformed Grumpus who seems to have gone mad.
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