Don't Starve

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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


What Am I Doing? What Is That Tree Doing? AAARRGH!

MysticMatt | Sept. 2, 2015 | See all MysticMatt's reviews »

The title is pretty much a summation of what happened in my first game of Don't Starve. I picked it up knowing the general idea of what it was (a survival and semi-horror rogue-like game) but nothing further. I believe that after that I started the typical Minecraft stuff of making an axe and pickaxe and gathering food and resources. But then as night came, things got weird. Pretty sure I saw a tree monster or two which freaked me out. The "What Am I Doing?" comes from when I went through a marsh and was getting attacked by things coming from the ground. I died because even though I threw down a campfire I was already dangerously low. Went out and a tallbird punched me after day came again. If you can't tell, I sucked. But after playing a good deal I still suck, just not as bad. This is one of those games where if your goal is to pick it up on the fly you will almost never succeed. I still find myself looking up new things that I find even though I am a pretty good deal into the game. If you bother to learn the game and plan things out and do research, you will have fun. But it is indeed frustrating when you can't even get Wilson to grow any facial hair at all (took me about 10 runs to reach day 5). Not for Beginners, but Fun for Intermediates->Experts


Exploration and crafting, just... be careful

Valoo321 | Aug. 18, 2015 | See all Valoo321's reviews »

Hey remember that one time we found a field, ran into a herd of Beefalo that were in heat, and got mauled to death? Or that other time we tried to pick some flowers, but ran into a field of killer bees instead? Or what about the one time when we finally found the desert and got burned to death by a Dragonfly? These are just a few of the things that happen in Don't Starve. The biomes are varied and each one carries with its own resources to gather and dangers to be wary of. The level of constructing items is pretty high, there's a lot of different things to be built to help your survive in this wasteland. While gathering and collecting the resources, and avoiding the enemies, you also have to worry about sanity and hunger. Sanity drains during night time and when you are near the baddies (or other items that are of ill-making). All of your gauges that you have to worry about can be replenished by items that you build or acquire, however, so it's a constant balance and battle. There IS an endgame in this, but you have to be able to build your way to find it and get there. It isn't easy, necessarily, but you just may get lucky as the worlds are randomly generated. This is a fun survival game with a wonderful art style and sense of dark humour that underlies all of it. Definitely recommended.


Allot of Fun and enjoyment

Oktarnash | Aug. 10, 2015 | See all Oktarnash's reviews »

Great game, lots of replay value of course, since it is survival with tons of characters. I have had a ton of fun playing with my brother and friends, with don't starve together. All the crying of death <3.It is wonderfull


Hunger Pains

DerBleistift | July 21, 2015 | See all DerBleistift's reviews »

Don't Starve is an addictive survival game that I highly recommend. The regular survival mode drops you into a wild and dangerous world with barely the clothes on your back. You have to scavenge for materials and food right away if you want to make it through the first night. Night time is when the spooky things come out. Over time, you'll gather more supplies and build up your camp to become well settled in the world, but be careful! Manage your resources carefully or you might not do what the name of the game says... Especially when Winter hits. I would describe the overall design of the game as charming. It has a hand drawn, Tim Burton-esque art style that gives it a distinctive character; it's both spooky and comical. The audio is just as good, with lots of humorous effects. Despite its lighthearted, comical nature, the game is very punishing. Retries are very rare, and you will die sooner or later, with the main purpose of the game being about endurance. But whether or not I died on day 1 or day 100 (I may or may not have ever made it that far), I kept wanting to play--I kept wanting to see how big I could make my camp, and how far I could venture into the world to discover new things. The only "con" that comes to mind is originality. Many survival games have flooded the market over the past few years, and Don't Starve is part of that current. However, you can tell some real love and hard work was put into this game to help make it stand on its own. I had lots of fun spending way too many hours with this game, and I think you will too.


The best survival game

The1337N00Bx | July 18, 2015 | See all The1337N00Bx's reviews »

This game can be pretty hard to pick up at first because there's a lot to learn about it, but after you get the hang of it, it can be a lot of fun. It's a giant randomly generated world, so each playthrough is a unique experience and gives plenty to explore. The game is accurately titled as well because I found myself starving to death about as frequently as I was being killed by enemies. And the art style kind of feels like Tim Burton made a game. It's a very unique game and would highly recommend giving it a shot if you're a fan of survival games.