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


Not bad

Sulfie | July 4, 2014 | See all Sulfie's reviews »

I was quite looking forward to this game, as I always am with zombie survival style games, but as per usual it just isn't quite right.

When playing solo it can feel quite a drag. The game is very light hearted and I quite like the crafting, but due to the small scale and relative ease of the game you can quite quickly become bored unless you have a friend to mess around with.


Decent, but better with a friend

cappincrunch | May 18, 2014 | See all cappincrunch's reviews »

If you're going to pick this up, grab it with a friend because coop is always better.

This might appear like any ordinary top-down dungeon crawler, but the combat is silky smooth and the finishing moves are very satisfying.

Weapon crafting is easy enough to pick up on and ranged combat is the most satisfying.

Story-telling is entertaining when done by Novac, but other than that, it can get fairly dull. Worth the time nonetheless.


Eat. Sleep. Drink. Kill Zombies.

beltmatt_usa | Jan. 2, 2014 | See all beltmatt_usa's reviews »

This game has a little crafting in it, a little bit of RPG elements, and the story is entertaining. There isn't anything that stands out in this game to make it a "must buy", but you will get your money's worth. To me it is funny, and I like the top down views in this such as in torchlight/diablo those type of games. Game play is simple, but I recommend using a controller.


How to Zombie Diablo

Neonberry | Dec. 22, 2013 | See all Neonberry's reviews »

How to Survive is an action RPG about - what else - killing zombies and building your own weapons to do so. It is not a dark, desperate struggle for survival - more a lighthearted zombie hack-and-slash. To be honest this game seemed much more fun before I actually played it. Sometimes it gets annoying how much of a console port it is, but if you don't mind the lackluster controls it is a decent game. You find all the standard zombie stuff - the standard zombie, the runners, the fat ones that blow up and so on. In the the game end it is just one more in the horde of zombie games, nothing really special about it - and there are plenty more better zombie games out there even close to this price range.


Hardly a "Survival" at all..

strykerryo | Dec. 21, 2013 | See all strykerryo's reviews »

I picked this game up full price, from it's description it sounded like the type of zombie survival game I always wanted to play. Sadly, it is literally only such in name and description. All the elements are sort of there, the "open" map, ammo, limited inventory, food and water stats, but their implementation is all wrong.

Few of them really matter, you get tons of ammo as drops, and managing water and food is pretty irrelevant, you quickly stack some items for that so that it's more of a petty maintenance than an aspect of survival.

The so-called open map is really just swathes of map with small pathways cut into them, with just a few open spaces that are usually there just for the sake of variety it seams. The only "Open" element is that of course it isn't a linear game and you can run back and forth between areas and quick travel between maps, but it's far enough from just backtracking.

The combat isn't too bad, it works for this type of game, if it wasn't for the overabundance of ammo and the overpowered weapons from the very start. Combat soon feels more like something you just do on the way and not much more enjoyable than running from place to place.

The crafting is another annoyance if you need a particular item, you have a limited inventory, that's okay, you shouldn't be able to carry everything with you.. but then there is no storage area. It's already not fun to run around this island aimlessly, I don't want to have to run around looking for that one damn ingredient, usually for a quest (what else is there to do in this game?) Just a limited item storage for SOME things, I can decide what to get rid of later, but a few times I've already dropped something I needed to find again, much to my annoyance.

The overall feel of playing this game was BOREDOM. I was falling asleep at my comp, I soon couldn't take it. It's not too relevant but the final straw was all the damn "Krovac's Rules" cutscenes. Think he's a neat quirky charcater? Wait till you have to endure overwrought, way too long, unskippable video tutorials with the same crappy music, for something that should be explained in 2-3 lines of text.

All these other reviews make it clear to me that they haven't really played a survival game. Don't want to be mean, but it's kind of important to remember what a survival game is so we can actually get a good one. This just isn't it. I'm not even sure they played the game, like the regurgitated the game descriptions and other reviews. It's very deceptive, because it's far from the experience this game actually provides; a top down action game with bad map design and useless aspects that are little more than busy work, that drains the fun out of the concepts of crafting, exploring, or survival.