Is Bugsnax a Secret Horror Game?

Bugsnax
Bugsnax

One of the most surprising announcements at the PS5’s reveal event came in the form of a quaint and quirky adventure game called Bugsnax. Developed by Young Horses (Octodad: Dadliest Catch), the game features a children’s television-style world in which sentient food items run free. The trailer was topped off with an infectiously catchy theme-tune by alt-pop band Kero Kero Bonito.

So far, so cute. But in the wake of the game’s announcement, some fans suspect that something more sinister may be going on. Many fans are now theorising that Bugsnax is secretly a horror game. Sounds ridiculous? Perhaps not. Let’s examine the evidence.

First of all, let’s look at the gameplay concept of Bugsnax. The food items that we see running around are clearly sentient beings, i.e. they have thoughts and feelings, yet the goal of the game is to consume them. Sounds a little suspect. Now take another look at the trailer. Notice that when the characters eat the Bugsnax, parts of their bodies transform into what they’ve eaten! If that’s not some Cronenberg-level body horror, we don’t know what is.

At the end of the trailer, things take on a slightly ominous tone, as the scene darkens and we briefly see a group of Bugsnax come together to form a hostile creature who attacks the camera. Could this be how the Bugsnax take revenge?

Finally, let’s circle back to that theme song. Kero Kero Bonito recently uploaded the full version of the Bugsnax song with lyrics and some think that they may contain hints at the true nature of Bugsnax. Specifically, note the final verse.

An expedition thirteen-strong
Of Grumpuses who all set off
Seeking out a better life
On Snaktooth Island they did find
A tasty quest to fill the hole
That many feel inside their soul
Venture deep to reach the truth
And maybe you’ll learn something too

This backstory adds a little context to what we already know about Bugsnax and suggests that there could be a dark secret on Snaktooth Island. Like Doki Doki Literature Club, could Bugsnax be a devious horror bait and switch? We’ll have to wait until Holiday 2020 to find out.