Human Evolution, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, Patrice Désilets

Human Evolution, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

'Ancestors': A new game provides insights into how the first humans evolved

'Ancestors' is an open world survival game where you control a group of 'hominins' – our first ancestors – and explore, expand, and lock in new knowledge so your 'clan' can evolve. 😲

14.9.2019

'Ancestors' is an open world survival game where you control a group of 'hominins' – our first ancestors – and explore, expand, and lock in new knowledge so your 'clan' can evolve. 😲

The newly released ' Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey ' is an open world survival game where you control a group of 'hominins' – our first ancestors – and explore, expand, and lock in new knowledge so your 'clan' can evolve

Some early reviewers have complained it is hard to understand how to evolve. There are minimal instructions, the game is not linear, players are driven by their own curiosity, and different players will prioritise different skills and abilities. For example you can “win” the game and leave Africa without ever evolving to walk upright if you decide to prioritise other skills. But again, this is just like real life evolution, which has no direction and is driven by random events and encounters.

One major reviewer complaint is that if your clan dies you lose everything – unlike many other computer games, there is no reboot. Patrice again put this in because it is exactly like reality. Evolution is full of dead-ends and new species which simply died out, such as the diminutive

provides a new and novel way of envisaging the past landscapes of Africa which our ancestors had to survive and thrive within. It portrays the danger of that landscape and how key attributes such as tool making and team work helped us cease to be prey and to become a feared predator that regularly took down giant mammoth after leaving Africa. It also provides a unique way of engaging a totally different audience in the excitement and intrigue of human evolution.

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