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Don't Starve

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 4
78
3.3
Windows
79
2.7
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Description

Wilson, a gentleman scientist, has been trapped in a mysterious wilderness world. To survive, Wilson must learn to tame the wilderness and its inhabitants by learning from scratch, various survival skills. The purpose of the game is to survive as long as possible and find a away to escape this world. Night time is especially dangerous without fire.

Don't Starve is a fantasy wilderness survival game, where the player starts off playing Wilson. Each world is randomly generated and also consists of a world generator that the player may choose to tweak. As such, exploration is also a major factor in the game, to search for resources as well as various mysterious landmarks spread out across this fantasy land.

To survive the game, the player must learn survival skills through trial and error. To do this, the player must gather items and resources, at first by picking up objects scattered throughout the land. When a certain combination of items are met, additional items, tools, structures, etc., may created and/or unlocked via recipes in the crafting menu.

As a survival game, the player must maintain food to survive: foraging, trapping, hunting, farming, and various other methods are available to avoid starvation. Additionally, insanity is also an element in the game. If sanity drops too low, monsters that lurk behind the shadows of the mind, may come to physical reality and attack the player. Finally, as monsters roam the land, the player must defend against these beasts with weapons, armor, and even magic. In any scenario, death will occur if health reaches zero (either by starvation or combat damage).

Although death may sometimes be thwarted, a permanent death will reward the player (not the character) with experience. Experience is gained by how many days the player survives before death. Upon death, this experience is calculated and may unlock additional characters if the level requirements are met. Some characters however, may only be unlocked through adventure mode (entering Maxwell's door).

Screenshots

Don't Starve Windows Game start. Middle of nowhere. Time to start foraging.
Don't Starve Windows An unconscious Willson being taunted by the demon who brought him here.
Don't Starve Windows Combat is a dangerous activity in this game. Each creature in this land has their own style of combat and a frontal assault is a sure way of getting killed. Oh, look. I'm about to become dog food.
Don't Starve Windows Map - The map (zoomed-in) views (most) areas of interest that has been explored by the player. An auto-map function allows the player to track explored and unexplored regions.

Alternate Titles

  • "Don't Starve: Console Edition" -- PS4 title

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The Press Says

3D Juegos PlayStation 4 Jan 14, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 30, 2013 82 out of 100 82
Gameblog.fr Windows Apr 29, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 4 Jan 15, 2014 8 out of 10 80
GamerGen PlayStation 4 Jan 20, 2014 16 out of 20 80
4Players.de PlayStation 4 Jan 15, 2014 75 out of 100 75
Rely on Horror Windows May 07, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN PlayStation 4 Jan 13, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamekult Windows Apr 29, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Metro.co.uk PlayStation 4 Jan 09, 2014 6 out of 10 60

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