How to Survive

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Ever wondered how you would handle being a castaway on a zombie infested island with no foreseeable way out? How to Survive is a third-person action adventure game that equips players to stay alive in a world where the outbreak of an unknown virus has turned most of the population into zombies.

How to Survive puts players in the center of the action as someone who, after an accident, finds themselves on an island amidst a small archipelago off the coast of Colombia … but there are other inhabitants. In order to make it through the day and night, gamers must learn to fulfill the most basic of needs, such as seeking food, water and shelter, as well as crafting dozens of tools and weapons from fishing rods to Molotov cocktails. There is nothing quite like being surrounded by a zombie-infested archipelago!

Key Features:

  • Multiple Locations:

    Players explore four different islands filled with unique flora, fauna and a variety of flesh-hungry zombies and mutations.

  • Crafting System:

    A robust crafting system allows gamers to combine numerous weapons, tools and more.

  • The Survival Guide:

    This tailored guide arms players with the knowledge of how to best use their environment amidst the zombie apocalypse.

  • Gameplay Choices:

    Gamers choose from multiple playable characters, normal and ironman difficulty levels and whether or not they want to play the game solo or join a friend for online or offline MP action

Customer reviews


Good Coop game.

sakalj1 | Jan. 27, 2015 | See all sakalj1's reviews »

I haven't played much survival games, but this one kept me till the end. Let's begin with graphics. Graphics are very good, good animations and realistic movement. Change of weathers look very good. Gameplay is okay, tried doing challenges by myself and it was pretty hard. But I did whole game playing with friend coop and talking on microphone, which resulted in a fun way. Game has many recipes for crafting items. Sometimes just by clicking on different items leads you to crafting something brutal. Story is very good, not predictable etc. The only two thing I don't like in the game is that you can bypass certain parts like killing zombies without weapon story told you to use. And it seems you can kill it easier without that weapon. And other thing is game is made for singleplayer, so some stuff is given only in 1 piece. Like fireproof boots, only 1 pair, so you need to switch boots all the time so your partner can pass trough lava... Beside that, it's a very good crafting survival game which I would recommend you to buy.


A surprisingly decent game that can't quite find its identity.

Xbob42 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all Xbob42's reviews »

I wasn't sure what How to Survive would be when I first bought it. It kind of looked like Diablo. It kind of looked like Day Z. What it was was... Neither. It's a quasi-isometric action RPG survival game that plays pretty well with a controller.

If that wasn't very descriptive, it's because I find it a hard game to properly describe. Sometimes it takes itself very seriously and has a few genuinely impactful little scenes, sometimes it's throwing people with over-the-top accents at you to explain game mechanics, sometimes it's having you read the titular How to Survive manual, which tries very hard to be funny, though it rarely hit the mark for me.

The graphics are average at best, with a fairly generic art style.

The gameplay itself is fairly simple. A little too simple, in fact. The game boasts nothing remarkable about the combat system, the crafting is quite basic, and survival isn't too terribly hard. All that said, I still came away from the experience having enjoyed myself. There isn't much to say about How to Survive, but it's a decent romp for the price.


Enjoyable on the same PC, not over the internet.

karath | Nov. 1, 2014 | See all karath's reviews »

It seemed like another "face-off against the swarm of zombies at critical checkpoints" game, but it doesn't do a poor job at it. Even though it claims it is a 3D game, it is much more akin to a top-down 2D shooter, with some RPG elements with the inventory, crafting and skilling system.

First, the parts where the game did well. There are elements of humour, with the tutorial of the game being spaced out quite well in humorous videos. It's fun trying to craft weapons at the beginning, and seeing the zombie brains splatter everywhere when you land a critical hit on them.

However, the game does become tedious after a longer period of time. The skill system is very limited. You're going to be sick of bashing zombies after a period of time. If you try to play with a friend, it forces you onto the same screen (i.e. you cannot move out of an area if your friend is still in that area, the screen stays locked there even over internet co-op play). This game would be much better played on the same screen, but it's a severe hindrance on the PC platform.


Great Co Op Surival!

LodanZark | Oct. 27, 2014 | See all LodanZark's reviews »

I didn't knew this game until someone gift it to me to play co op, since then I love it and I hightly recommend for anyone interested to a survival game that has co op features (local and online support), but if you like to play alone its also great too. Controls are simple and effecient, can be played with keyboard and mouse or x360 gamepad compatible. Gameplay it's has 4 interesting elements put all together: - Satisfy human needs (sleep, eat, drink). - Fighting agaisnt zombies (melee and firepower). - Crafting tools and weapons my matching stuff that is found in the islands. - Skill trees that influence gameplay, specially since each character has own skill tree.


Almost worth it

Lorddyran | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »

This game is kinda fun, and kinda funny, but it can't hold your attention for very long because it doesn't really know what it wants to be. It's an zombie-filled, post-apocalyptic action RPG with crafting and survival elements, but it's really just dipping its toes into each of those gaming pools. It would be a much better game if it eliminated a few "features" and just focused on what was left.