Developer/Publisher: Klei Entertainment Inc.
I really have been dragging my feet on getting a review of Don’t Starve, because its more fun to play than write about. Don’t Starve is a 3rd person survival game that has great looking carton style graphics. The game randomly places you in a world that has been generated randomly, with your goal of surviving for as long as you can.
Surviving of the land poses many challenges, you will need to find food, items to be used for crafting, along with finding wood to make a fire to keep the baddies away at night.
As you start out in Don’t Starve you pick a character to be you avatar in game. Once you make your choice you avatar will be plopped down in the world so get ready. A word of warning Don’t Starve doesn’t come with and manual or help, so you on your own, quite fitting if you ask me.
As you enter the world I will make a few recommendations, find grass, branches, and flints. These combined make torches and axes. You will need the axes to cut down trees so you can create better fires. The torch is you stepping stone to the campfire, but in a pinch you can always set trees on fire to make it through the night if needed.
Like any of the survival game you need to keep tabs on how much resources you have used and what is needed to make it through another night.
As you acquire items need to make new items you will see little light bulb pop up on your crafting console on the left hand side of the screen. This is the reminder that you can make something new.
As you progress you will find that you will need to go farther away from your campsite to find more resources, this is when I start setting up alternative campsite, just so I don’t get trapped too far away from camp.
Overall game play is fun and intense as you fight many creatures, learn to trap animals, mine, harvest and craft you little hands off to be the survivor.
I can explain game play all day, but the best way to understand this game is jump in and play it yourself. That’s what was intended when they forgot to add a manual, actually I don’t think they forgot. The bottom-line is you find resources to progress and make better items to defend yourself .
Don’t Starve has carton style graphics that border on the Gothic fantasy/horror side of things. It a hard art style to describe really, but very nice to look at.
Don’t Starve’s art style is truly different and a refreshing change for us people who drool over crisp graphics like that of a AAA first person game.
Overall the sounds are basic but very fitting for this type of game. The sounds are those of a very basic game, but the music is very satisfying and fitting for the style of game and art style. The music is a clear winner for the fact that even after hearing the music a lot your never really sick of hearing it.
Don’t Starve is a solid game that will keep you coming back for more and more. It is great for quick and casual game play, but you will find yourself playing longer than you wanted to at times. Some times that will get you in trouble, I have been late to dinner on several occasions and have received the dreaded dirty look because of this game, lol.
Verdict is 5 of 6
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