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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).


Don't Starve Windows Main menu - This screen usually changes with each new update, sometimes signifying a graphical presentation of the latest major update and highlighted mod.
Don't Starve Windows Custom world - An optional world generator feature, where the player may tweak several categories, such as resource abundance and monster frequency.
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 Character selection - Wilson is the default starting character. Additional characters may be unlocked while playing (and dying) using previous characters.

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Alternate Titles

  • "饥荒:单机版" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Don't Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "Don't Starve: Console Edition" -- PS4 title

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Cheat Code Central Windows Apr 29, 2013 4.7 out of 5 94
3D Juegos Windows Apr 24, 2013 8.9 out of 10 89
Destructoid Windows Apr 29, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May 29, 2013 83 out of 100 83
IGN PlayStation 4 Jan 13, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Sphere Windows Apr 25, 2013 72 out of 100 72
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 18, 2013 7.25 out of 10 72
GameSpot Windows May 02, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows Apr 28, 2013 2.5 out of 5 50
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Windows Apr 26, 2013 Unscored Unscored


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