On paper, AWAY: The Survival Series sounds like a really interesting experience. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is extinct and only bags of life are left. You play as an adorable young sugar glider trying to survive with his family in a dangerous and hostile environment. It all sounds like a fun and exciting adventure, but the reality only leaves a sour taste.
A David Attenborough style narrator will gently guide you by describing the world around you. It’s an interesting way to let you know about the threats you’re about to face, and at times it feels like you’re on a BBC nature documentary. The problem is that the narrator often talks about himself, which makes it almost impossible to say what he is talking about.
Since sugar gliders are quite agile creatures, you’d expect to find it pretty fun to explore, but you’d be wrong. With a camera that is a little too close and clumsy controls, this small marsupial can easily slide straight into a thorny bush or a watery grave. Trying to fight predators is also a painful experience as it just feels like being crushed on buttons instead of using any skills.
Story mode will be completed within five hours, but there’s an exploration mode if you don’t have enough bugs. This is where you can take control of other creatures and, as the title suggests, explore. There are short video logs scattered all over the place if you want to try and find out more about what happened to the world. However, once you find that the other creatures are even harder to control than the sugar glider, and you’ve seen your fair share of crashes, you’ll likely decide that you don’t care so much about the reasons behind the demise of mankind.