Posted: November 3
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+ funny animations
+ zany graphic style
+ harmonious character design
- only a few effects
+ easy mouse and keyboard control
+ wide zoom
+ instrument sounds as voice output
+ bevel sound effects
+ matching background music
+ perma death brings excitement
+ harmonious world
- kind of badly-staged story
+ huge replayability
+ adventure mode
+ different seasons
+ 9 playable characters (+2 on RoG)
+ Multiplayer (beta)
+ Many weapons and items (special items for every season)
- no tutorial
+ motivating collecting and exploring
+ permanent new surprises
+ extensive crafting system
Klei Entertainment's drops you into the gorgeous wild and immediately abandons you to figure out how to survive on your own.
The game is a quintessential survival game that mixes unforgiving roguelike elements to create a title that gives you the freedom to play it as you want but also ruthlessly punishes you when you die.
The basic premise is that your character was transported to a demonic world, and now he (or she) must survive. In order to do so, you must gather resources, build fires at night, combat monsters, and craft tools.
From the moment main character Wilson gets dropped into Don’t Starve’s randomly generated world you know it’s special.
With a landscape seemingly cut from stiff pieces of paper and an art style that looks like it’s been plucked from the feverish mind of Tim Burton, Don’t Starve delivers a delightful environment that deftly mixes the macabre with the surreal.
Food is a big part of this game. You have a hunger meter that lets you know how full you are. If this meter reaches empty, it’s game over. You can fill your hunger meter by eating most types of food. The penalty for letting your sanity meter drain is that you begin hallucinating, and when the meter gets low enough, these hallucinations actually begin attacking you.
As you’re playing the game, there’s a counter that lets you know how many days you’ve survived for. Your goal is just to see how long you can survive without starving to death.
After you finally succumb to your hunger (or any one of the other dangers), you’re given XP based on how many days you survived for, and this allows you to level up and unlock additional characters. All of them have a name that starts with a W and a unique set of skills.
Don’t Starve’s Adventure Mode is great to go through once, and provides a genuinely interesting story with some dark character development and an interestingly macabre twist at the end.You still need to make sure you don’t starve, but the game revs up the difficulty even more by throwing hardships like low resources, permanent winter, and even darkness for you to overcome.
The magic of Don’t Starve comes from this bold experimentation; it comes through the discovery of wormholes, or the altars that will bring you back to life (without your previous items of course) or even a village full of docile pig men.
As you explore, gathering food, material resources, and fuel for a steady campfire is critical. Whether you scavenge berries and vegetables or kill and cook wildlife to consume, keeping a supply of edibles on hand staves off hunger that can sap your meager health if left unchecked.
A day-night cycle weaves several more layers of complexity into the mix. You can freely explore during the daytime, but nightfall ushers in a new threat: get caught in the dark for more than a few seconds without a light source, and the darkness itself consumes you.
Thankfully, you have the ability to modify many facets of the world before you begin a game, including inclimate weather, the abundance of crops, and the amount of enemies throughout the world. The Default Plus mode in particular helps by allowing you to pop into a more difficult world with immediate access to a wealth of items, which means that your game contains tension right from the get-go.
If you like survival games, if you enjoy artwork, or if you’re just looking for an unforgiving challenge of a game, unique charm, exhaustive depth, and brutal punishment, pick up Don’t Starve! Pretty much everything about this game is fantastic.
Score: 82 / 100
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