Endling: Extinction is Forever Game Review

Endling: Extinction is Forever
Developer: Herobeat Studios
Publisher: HandyGames
Release Date: 19 July 2022
Genre: Survival
Platform: Switch


Experience a world ravaged by mankind through the eyes of the last fox on Earth in this eco-conscious adventure.

Discover the destructive force of the human race, like it, day after day corrupts, pollutes, and exploits the most precious and valuable resources of the natural environment.

Explore various 3D side-scrolling areas and defend your tiny furballs, feed them, watch them grow up, notice their unique personalities and fears, and most importantly, help them to survive.

Use the cover of night to stealthily guide your litter towards a safer place. Spend the day resting in an improvised shelter and plan your next movement carefully since it could be the last for you and your pups.

You play the role of a mama fox, the last of her kind trying to keep her kits alive. One of them is stolen by a fur trader, and you have to keep your others kits alive while looking for the stolen one.

This game is very stylised and absolutely stunning, the colour palettes are gorgeous, the movements are sublime, everything is so incredibly beautiful it’s like this game was made just for me.

However, I absolutely am not prepared to let any of my kits die. I can only play a couple of days at a time due to the stress and anxiety of these fictional pixelated fluffballs that I already love due to being allowed to customise their appearance (very clever, devs!). So, is it cozy? Not really! At least, not on the first run through where you’re desperately hunting for food. Maybe it will be more relaxing in subsequent play throughs?

To be completely honest, it’s not a terribly long game, but I am absolutely terrified of mama fox being killed, or losing one of my kits. My anxiety skyrockets when I play this. I absolutely do not think this is intentional, it’s just that I am particularly attached to the characters. I still haven’t finished it because I am a big big baby who is scared of my little darlings dying. I know it’s a game! I know I can quit and start the day again. It doesn’t change the fact that I am hugely invested and need everyone to be OK.

All video games are purchased by myself or gifted from a friend.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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