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Bugsnax coming to iOS app store, with new touch-based control scheme

UPDATE: Arriving later this week.

UPDATE 10/7/23: Bugsnax will release on the App Store later this week - 12th July, to be precise.

When it arrives, those on iPhone and iPad will be able to head to Snaktooth Island, and explore all of the weird and wonderful places it has to offer.

This App Store release will boast new touch screen controls, while also supporting "a wide array of third party gamepads" developer Young Horses says.

In addition to the base game, this release will also include content from DLC The Isle of Bigsnax. You can watch our Ian come face to face with more edible body horror as he plays through this DLC in the video below.

You are what you eat.Watch on YouTube

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ORIGINAL 4/5/23: Bugsnax, the game that tasks its players with finding and capturing the eponymous half-bug-half-snack creatures on the mysterious island of Snaktooth, is heading to the iOS app store "this summer".

On its release, it will boast touch screen controls, but will also support "a wide array of third party gamepads" developer Young Horses says.

Other than that, news on this upcoming release is fairly barren, but the developer has promised more details (I presume such as a firm release date rather than the broad release window we have now) in the future.

Eurogamer gave Bugsnax a Recommended badge on its original release back in 2020, with our Christian Donlan calling it a "fascinating spin on creature collecting".

"The real fun here is discovery and interpretation, two things that both require a little mystery," he wrote. "Really, it would be good for you to stop reading now and go and play it. Go and play Bugsnax. It's not a spoiler to tell you that it's definitely worth your time."

What kind of bugs smell the best?
Deodor-ants (joke courtesy of my son).

If you have already played Bugsnax, and enjoyed the rather eclectic flourish it added to your day, it is worth heading over to Steam where Young Horses currently has several of its games available for free. This includes its student edition of Octodad, a personal favourite of mine.

While we are on the topic of Octodad, Octodad: Deadliest Catch just got an Apple Arcade version, among 20 games that have today been added to the subscription service.

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