Don't Starve

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Third party DRM: Steam

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"If you like survival games, if you enjoy Tim Burton-esque artwork, or if you’re just looking for an unforgiving challenge of a game, pick up Don’t Starve immediately. Pretty much everything about this game is fantastic, and you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with it." -

"This community engagement is not only smart from a marketing and outreach perspective, but it's what gives Don't Starve its depth: All of these features bundled into a survival game with streamlined, robust mechanics and infinite ways to die." -

Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic.

You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.

Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.

Key Features:

  • Uncompromising Survival & World Exploration:

    No instructions. No help. No hand holding. Start with nothing and craft, hunt, research, farm and fight to survive.

  • Constant Updates:

    Join an active community that continues to help shape the game as new content is added!

  • Dark and Whimsical Visuals:

    2D characters and odd creatures inhabiting a unique 3D world.

  • Randomly Generated New Worlds:

    Want a new map? No problem! At any time you can generate a new living and breathing world that hates you and wants you to die.

Customer reviews


It's okay

Dingusaurus | Oct. 1, 2014 | See all Dingusaurus's reviews »

This game is pretty good for what it is, which is an indie game, but it just can't hold my attention for more than half an hour at a time. I don't know why, I just find it incredibly boring after that. The combat is kind of boring, the crafting is okay, but I don't enjoy how it drops you off with no explanation. It is an okay game though, and I recommend it to any who like indie or survival games.


Remember to Survive

emptyhaven | Sept. 27, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »

I don't remember another survival game as brilliantly constructed as Don't Starve. From the somewhat grim yet endearing sketch-like quality of graphics to the insistent way the ambiance instill a sense of dread and urgency, you will really feel the weight of the game resting heavily on you.

But starving isn't the only danger you have to watch out for in this game. While it's called Don't Starve, they should have perhaps also mentioned other things like, "Don't get eaten alive", "Don't freeze to death", among other things. Often, you'll find yourself running and frantically avoiding dangers that starving becomes the last thing you worry about.

Just as a last tip: use a beard.


Great indie survival game

kiflajiq | Sept. 19, 2014 | See all kiflajiq's reviews »

Graphics 9/10 You can't argue, the graphics are really nice and comic book-like which has a charm on its own.

Audio 7/10 It's not bad, but some people might find the sounds repetitive. There is no narration(which is actually a rather good thing).

Gameplay 10/10 Now we get to the crown jewel. You can cook your food, craft clothes and items, explore the world as you like. One of your first tasks is to find yourself a good place to spend the night. Fire is a necessity because if you are without a light source in the night you die. Generally items don't have stats (When you see a poisonous mushroom, you just KNOW you will lose health if you eat it, you don't have to be told that.). There are several characters to play with but only one is unlocked at start. With each day you survive you gain experience which unlocks later characters. The thing is...your character has to die and your game to end for you to receive the experience. Another thing - you have to stockpile resources for the winter because food is lacking then.

Story 9/10 It's mostly a sandbox game, but there is something like a " hidden campaign". The whole world however has a story of its own for you to discover.


Starving will be the least of your problems.

APTiger | Sept. 7, 2014 | See all APTiger's reviews »

Don't Starve is a procedural/randomly generated wilderness survival game set in a Tim Burton-esque steampunk fever dream. It's got lots of personality, a fantastic art style, great music, and an often super creepy atmosphere.

This is a game that continued to surprise, delight and creep me out time and time again. Every game you start sees the character you picked (there are about half a dozen) dumped in the middle of a randomly generated world with the simple goal of not dying.

Believe me, if you think that sounds simple, the game has plenty of ways to do you in. There are giant nests that spit out screeching, scuttling nightmare spiders in the evening, swamps filled with spiked tentacles, ponds that mass produce frogs hell bent on slapping you to death with their tongues, a brutal winter that'll starve you out if you're not prepared, and hundreds of other hazards, the darkness itself being the most efficient killer.

For players that like to explore, discover and investigate, this game will have you covered. There are all manner of mysterious creatures, monsters, objects, and locations to find, some being deadly, with others offering useful items or resources.

The characters all have different skills, the worlds are big, their contents can be adjusted before creation, and since the game gets constant updates and expansions, has a huge, active modding scene, including workshop support on Steam, there's always a way to add more content to the game.

The game is easy to pick up, easy to play, but hard to survive.

It's well worth the asking price, and you'd be an absolute fool not to grab it during a sale.


Brillantly quirky

Gingerokda | Aug. 16, 2014 | See all Gingerokda's reviews »

The style of art for tis game is brilliant and all the quirky bits like, they have musical instruments for voices, the characters reactions to different things will make you giggle due to the pure humour. It's a great example of a explore & survival game.