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Don't Starve! --a review of a new indie game

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creeperCarole
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Level 48 : Master Baconator
So I'm playing a new game called "Don't Starve" which was recommended to me by my daughter, known here as Fangalissious. It's a game still in beta, but early adopters get all the same perks that early adopters of Minecraft did: constant updates and bug fixes, the game at a cheaper price (currently TWO copies for $11.99) and the ability to help mold the game's direction.

Ok, so what's it about? Well, see, you've been dropped into this weird world where you have to survive, on your own, by some sadistic jerk who's only advice to you is to make sure you get something to eat before it gets dark.

As in Minecraft, you collect resources, craft objects and fight to survive. Unlike Minecraft, there's no "respawn." If you die, you die, and you have to start over again. Fortunately, your new incarnation remembers all your old scientific breakthroughs, however, so you don't have to research the same items over and over and can build on your knowledge.

The game play is ultra-simple, it's point-and-click (or you can use the keyboard.) The humour is dark and hillarious. The graphics are extremely fun in a cartoony-Gothic sort of way. The monsters are horrifying and adorable all at the same time. Oh, and you can make friends with pigs. Don't worry, you'll figure it out. I thought it would be a nice little time waster... I was soooooooo mistaken. After realizing I had been playing it ELEVEN HOURS STRAIGHT yesteray, I decided it was probably a good idea to go get food and go to the bathroom... it's that addictive. Oh, and my longest run of days for survival? 14. If you get it, and you beat me, let me know!

Go here to check it out and buy it, and you can activate it on Steam or play it in your browser if you use Chrome (but it won't save your progress, so I recommend playing it on Steam.) http://www.dontstarvegame.com/blog/
Tags:Dont Starve, Game, Review, Indie, Fun

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NeroxTheNoFace
Level 1
New Explorer
August 19, 2013, 9:46 am

that isa fantastic review though, I wouldn't be surprised if my own dad got hokked on the game after reading this wou!

NeroxTheNoFace
Level 1
New Explorer
August 19, 2013, 9:45 am

you wouldn't believe how long I've survived on it .-. and completely by luck xD seriously- I survived by luck and some help from my brother- 47 days ._l and It was only about a week and 3 days after I bought the game :P now I suck at it though, haven't played in forever cuz I got a virus T-l

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
August 20, 2013, 8:54 am

it is a LOT harder now, but you can (thank GOD) customize it to your preferences. I couldn't survive a winter no matter what. But the caves are hilarious. Giant bunny men... :D

NeroxTheNoFace
Level 1
New Explorer
August 21, 2013, 2:46 pm

haha XD RABID bunnehs .o. I'm so glad you can customize it as well xD I would've quit within the 6th try. imu laaazy faaace :P

M72001
Level 12
Journeyman Mountaineer
July 6, 2013, 5:21 pm

Good review

UntamableDoesMC_YT
Level 1
New Miner
June 23, 2013, 7:39 am

This is an Okay review, but could I suggest something? Maybe break it down a little bit more like, Graphics, addictiveness, Sound, story, depth, difficulty, etc. Hope I helped! :3

shardschaefer
Level 35
Artisan Crafter
June 16, 2013, 1:26 am

A better option to purchase this would be Good Old Games!

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
June 16, 2013, 6:08 am

Good Old Games? now I'm going to look that up! (I actually bought my copies direct from Klei, and got steam codes for them.)

shardschaefer
Level 35
Artisan Crafter
June 16, 2013, 5:53 pm

You have never heard of GOG?! Oh your in for a surprise! A lot of older games I used to play are sold there all DRM free!

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
June 17, 2013, 6:18 am

oh my... a new place to spend allllll my money. WOO HOO!!!!!

(thanks and I HATE YOU! LOL!)

shardschaefer
Level 35
Artisan Crafter
June 18, 2013, 2:18 am

Your welcome ;)

hornetboy21
Level 1
New Miner
April 27, 2013, 5:21 am

Looks fun but I'm just a kid and can't spend money unless it's in a store.........plbt.......

Hornet Signing off! *salutes*

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
April 27, 2013, 5:34 pm

ah, see, this is where you request steam credits as gifts for birthdays, etc. :)

hornetboy21
Level 1
New Miner
May 6, 2013, 3:13 pm

Well i dont have a steam account period so those credits would be useless.

IMHORNETBOY21ANDIMAWESOME!

bye

MultiMooHead
Retired Moderator
Level 11
Journeyman Miner
April 13, 2013, 2:30 am

Cool review! ^_^
I also love the general feel to the game- the humor, the graphics ect. :P

Edit: And the spiders! They are so terrifyingly adorable! x)

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
April 18, 2013, 8:59 am

especially when they fall asleep... awwwwww! I just want to hug them.... TO DEATH.

eliya194
Chat Moderator
Level 34
Artisan Cake
February 12, 2013, 9:46 am

i survived 32 days :D

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
February 8, 2013, 8:35 am

Oh dear. I'm addicted. Day 110.

PROTIP: Duriam does not help when at low health during a hound attack. Almost got me killed .__.

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
February 8, 2013, 9:29 am

I find the cooked foods are always better... but with the new update causing spoilage, EEP!!

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
February 8, 2013, 9:43 am

Spoilage... I fear no man... But that thing... It scares me.

Yeah, the only food I've found that is worse when cooked is Corn (popcorn when cooked) It gives several points less hunger and about .33 more health than corn. Makes sense realistically, but odd compared to the rest of the game. I do like being able to escape the worlds; gathered resources as Wolfgang, then made the device and played the next as Wilson, to the point where I am basically immortal due to the constant resupply of meat effigy crafting mats. :3

...Dear goodness I hope they don't nerf Meat Effigies.

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
February 9, 2013, 5:41 am

you are OBVIOUSLY doing something right, or I am just really dumb and impatient because even with Wolfgang I manage to get myself killed on a fairly regular basis. Have you figured out the inter-dimensional portal yet? I wanna try that thing out.

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
February 9, 2013, 10:57 am

Well, I've died 1 time so far. I think I'm just getting really lucky on things. Anyways, I started the first world as Willow, and thought to myself, "Well, I can still unlock characters if I die, so I have that." I tried to be patient which paid off in quite a few cases... Anyways, I found the portal area eventually, and built it. To escape, there's one area in every map with a Wooden thing. In the area around it, you find these items ending in "thing" So, basically, by finding any one of them you know it's there. You plop all the items on it and you can leave the world. It gives you your exp and allows you to change characters. When you get to the new world you also retain your inventory.

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
February 9, 2013, 3:00 pm

heh, yeah, I found the metal-potato thing and said "oh goodie, more weirdness." The eyeball bone is my favourite.

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
March 6, 2013, 11:05 am

Winter comes>Didn't have a meter>Crafted emergency survival gear>Deerclops attacks>Deerclops dies after a long battle which nearly killed me>His drops fell in the water and I lost them all.

;~;

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
March 6, 2013, 12:49 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, the PAIN!!!

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
March 6, 2013, 12:55 pm

I found a piece of [Stale] Meat and the eyeball in the meantime. But he drops, normally, around 10 meat.

pure pain.

;-;

Yuikami
Level 48
Master Artist
January 23, 2013, 7:26 pm

Now that looks really fun! *o* I've heard of the game but didn't know the art direction would be this grimy. I'm really tempting to get it now!

Doomgekkie
Level 30
Artisan Architect
December 15, 2012, 3:48 am

Awesome review!
Unfortunately I won't be playing it because I have way too many games i'm playing atm already with friends (MC, LoL, WoW, CoD etc.) But if I get free time somewhere, i'll try it! :)

tex12347
Level 27
Expert Grump
December 14, 2012, 3:09 pm

got it today 10/10

Aurora
Level 1
New Explorer
December 13, 2012, 6:28 pm

Seen the game...wasn't sure to get it or not but it seems fun, I'll buy it once i'm done playing The Walking Dead. :3

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 14, 2012, 2:14 am

try it for free in your browser, see if you like it!

tex12347
Level 27
Expert Grump
December 13, 2012, 2:38 pm

dont starve? whats it about

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 13, 2012, 5:50 pm

it's a survival game. I'm not very good at surviving though. My highest number of days survived is now 16. ;)

tex12347
Level 27
Expert Grump
December 13, 2012, 5:58 pm

sarcasm... xD

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 14, 2012, 2:14 am

sarcasm rarely shows up well in text. ;) but I'll tell you THIS for free: if I get swarmed by another batch of spiderlings JUST when I start rolling along really well, I'm hiring an EXTERMINATOR.

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
December 14, 2012, 5:16 am

If you play the fire-resistant character, you should be able to lure them in a fire, dispatching them rather quickly. Try to "Kite" them and run in and out of the fire, avoiding attacks... It usually works, unless you get one of those swarms as big as your screen.

shinysword
Level 25
Expert Spider Rider
December 13, 2012, 10:15 am

When I try to play on chrome error graphics card is out of date :(....

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 13, 2012, 1:50 pm

try updating your video card drivers and see if that makes a difference for you... I love that you can test-play it in Chrome, that's what got us hooked in the first place.

shinysword
Level 25
Expert Spider Rider
December 13, 2012, 2:08 pm

ok I'll try updating my video card drivers thanks!

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
December 13, 2012, 8:40 am

I love this game. I never expected you would play it :O

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 13, 2012, 9:55 am

I probably wouldn't have tried it if my daughter hadn't pointed it out, and of course, she saw it through a webcast, so... free advertising works!!

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
December 13, 2012, 10:02 am

Apparently EthosLab is playing it, so hopefully that'll give it a boost... I love seeing Indie games become a success.

I actually found out about it by trying to find my father a guide on how not to starve in Minecraft, heheh

I will probably never finish Christmas shopping. First this, then Teefury uploads a Minecraft shirt, ThinkGeek spams my email with minecraft stuffs...

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 13, 2012, 1:50 pm

yes, and I'm totally frustrated because to order t-shirts in Canada, we pay soooooo much extra for tax & duties that a $20 t-shirt winds up costing $40 plus shipping! A couple stores carry the minecraft stuff from Think Geek, but the shirts sold out FAST.

This is me, pouting. *pout*

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 27
Expert Princess
December 13, 2012, 1:53 pm

Ah, that sucks :/

I am lucky enough to be able to get them with fairly cheap shipping and handling here... I've seen a Minecraft store once, up in Maine I belive, but everything was sold out. ThinkGeek needs to remember political borders mean nothing in a zombie apocalypse :P

Palaeos
Super Moderator
Level 48
Master Turtle
December 13, 2012, 8:29 am

I hate you, why did you have to point out it was 2 for $12, now i have to get it and throw it at my friend.

Nice review though.

creeperCarole
Site Moderator
Level 48
Master Baconator
December 13, 2012, 9:55 am

why thank you. ;) and I hope you suffer as I have! (I'll never get my Christmas shopping done at this rate.)

Palaeos
Super Moderator
Level 48
Master Turtle
December 13, 2012, 10:18 am

Tis pretty fun so far, only had a chance to play 2 day/night cycles so far, going to have to stop watching etho play it though or else it won't stay fun for as long.

Intimate_Rhinos
Level 9
Apprentice Dragon
December 14, 2012, 2:29 am

Just a lone normal user comment strolling by.

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