LW4K Game Spotlight: Bugsnax


This is the next video in a new Learningworks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on Bugsnax. Click here to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer J.R. for his work on this awesome video!


Hey everyone, welcome to Learningworks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and explore our course listings. 

Travel to a world where you literally are what you eat. Today we are going to be talking about the game Bugsnax! In the game you play a reporter who travels to the planet Snaktooth Island to study Bugsnax, creatures who are half bug, half snack. Sounds delicious, right? You are there to document these creatures for the rest of the world to see, but  you are quickly pulled into a mystery involving the disappearance of an explorer’s assistant. In order to interview the other residents of the planet, the furry Grumpuses, you need to perform tasks for them, usually involving catching a certain type of Bugsnak for them. These characters are scattered around the world so the player needs to use planning for how they are going to tackle each request and get the information they need. 

Players also need to use flexibility to catch the 101 types of Bugsnax that are roaming around the planet. Once you catch a snap of the Bugsnak, you need to look at the information you gained, such as their likes and dislikes and adapt your catching strategy accordingly. You’ll also need to use your working memory because you will acquire tools in the game to help you catch previously inaccessible Bugsnax. You’ll need to remember where you saw them in order to go back and use your new tool successfully. 

Which Bugsnak is your favorite? If you could make a Bugsnak of your own, what would it look like?  Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and playthroughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 


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