Don’t Starve Review…So Far.

Hello bloggers, readers & gamers,

I’d like to introduce you all to one of my favourite indie survival games of 2013. It’s called ‘Don’t Starve’ by Klei Entertainment [Shank & Shank 2, Mark of the Ninja, Ri+] and I bought it around Christmas time. It’s still in beta and the final release will be in late March – it’s really cheap at the moment [only $11.99, that’s only £7.00 / €8.00!] and you get an extra copy to send to your mates.

How did I come across this game? Well… I’m a big fan of the Yogscast team, and Lewis and Simon did a play through of the game. I loved it! The artwork is simple, fun, almost Tim Burton-like [another aspect of the game I like]. The game itself is a huge challenge and has many twists to it. It’s a game that doesn’t look so stimulating from the inside, but playing the game is.

The developers of the game are slowly introducing updates every-so-often in order to keep players interested; each update throws a twist into gameplay and players have to work around it. There are a couple of bugs here and there – don’t worry though, Don’t Starve has a forum for users to not only report bugs, but also suggestions!

So far, I love the game. Each in-game day is a challenge and… from time to time, I set myself a task and try to do it. Most of the time I’m successful, but other times I just hit the floor and die after surviving for so many days. My longest run was for 66 days. I was prepped for deaths with some resurrection effigies, but wasted them on trying to kill Queen Spiders and their offspring. It’s really frustrating! You worked so hard to survive, you’ve made a pitch-perfect camp for yourself, and then you’re dead. If you aren’t prepped for death, well, you’re going to be rather peeved! But there is a reason for death: there is an XP system, and the longer you survive, the more XP you get, thus allowing you to unlock different characters with different perks. The starting character is Wilson, a gentleman scientist whose perk is to grow a ‘magnificent beard’. This is the base character, as he is the only character who can grow a beard, and his stubble is needed to build the resurrection effigy [highly recommended survival kit 101]. More characters are set to be released this year up until late March, by which time; Don’t Starve will be an official release! However, Klei Entertainment has noted that they will keep the boards open for further support and suggestions for users after full release.

I can’t give away too much, but if you’re interested in trying the game out, click here to be directed to the official Don’t Starve website.

Over and out!


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