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

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creeperCarole
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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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that isa fantastic review though, I wouldn't be surprised if my own dad got hokked on the game after reading this wou!
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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
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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
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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
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  • M72001
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  • July 6, 2013, 5:21 pm
Good review
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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
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A better option to purchase this would be Good Old Games!
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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.)
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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!
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  • creeperCarole
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  • June 17, 2013, 6:18 am
oh my... a new place to spend allllll my money. WOO HOO!!!!!

(thanks and I HATE YOU! LOL!)
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Your welcome ;)
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  • hornetboy21
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  • 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*
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  • creeperCarole
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  • April 27, 2013, 5:34 pm
ah, see, this is where you request steam credits as gifts for birthdays, etc. :)
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Well i dont have a steam account period so those credits would be useless.

IMHORNETBOY21ANDIMAWESOME!

bye
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  • MultiMooHead
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  • 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)
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  • creeperCarole
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  • April 18, 2013, 8:59 am
especially when they fall asleep... awwwwww! I just want to hug them.... TO DEATH.
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  • eliya194
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  • February 12, 2013, 9:46 am
i survived 32 days :D
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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 .__.
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  • creeperCarole
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  • February 8, 2013, 9:29 am
I find the cooked foods are always better... but with the new update causing spoilage, EEP!!
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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.
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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.
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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.
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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.
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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.

;~;
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  • creeperCarole
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  • March 6, 2013, 12:49 pm
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, the PAIN!!!
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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.

;-;
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  • Yuikami
  • Level 49
  • 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!
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  • Doomgekkie
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  • 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! :)
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  • tex12347
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  • December 14, 2012, 3:09 pm
got it today 10/10
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  • Aurora
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  • 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
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  • creeperCarole
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  • December 14, 2012, 2:14 am
try it for free in your browser, see if you like it!
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  • tex12347
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  • December 13, 2012, 2:38 pm
dont starve? whats it about
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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. ;)
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  • tex12347
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  • December 13, 2012, 5:58 pm
sarcasm... xD
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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.
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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.
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  • shinysword
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  • December 13, 2012, 10:15 am
When I try to play on chrome error graphics card is out of date :(....
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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.
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  • shinysword
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  • December 13, 2012, 2:08 pm
ok I'll try updating my video card drivers thanks!
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  • Candlebor
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  • December 13, 2012, 8:40 am
I love this game. I never expected you would play it :O
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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!!
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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...
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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*
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  • Candlebor
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  • 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
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  • Palaeos
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  • 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.
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  • creeperCarole
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  • 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.)
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  • Palaeos
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  • 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.
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Just a lone normal user comment strolling by.
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