Don’t Starve Review
Don’t Starve Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Klei Entertainment
Pub: Klei Entertainment
Release: April 23, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Don’t Starve has this insane hand-drawn visual aesthetic that looks like it came out of the head of Tim Burton, managing to be whimsical and sinister at the same time. And the world you’ll traverse is deceptively 3D, which you might not even notice because it’s dotted with 2D objects. It creates a really weird yet subtle sense of movement and depth.

Don’t Starve Screenshot

And this world is full of bizarre things to see and do; it’s an environment that’s constantly trying to kill you, yet one that you can use to your own benefit once you figure out how things work. For example, if you want to make your own garden, you’ll have to collect the droppings of animals called beefalo. You can mine stone to build walls, or farm wood to build fires. You can craft various types of shelters and clothing to protect yourself from the wilds. You can even get really crafty and use magic.

According to Steam, I put eighteen hours into Don’t Starve, and in that time, I felt like I barely scratched the surface of what the game has to offer. There’s a heaping pile of content here, and all of it is absolutely fantastic.

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. In fact, if you like survival games at all, I’m pretty sure Don’t Starve will be your new addiction.

Josh Wirtanen
Contributing Writer
Date: April 29, 2013

A fantastic hand-drawn Tim Burton-esque art style.
Point and click, or WASD. Either way, combat is awkward. Everything else works great though.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is incredible, and the sound effects are delightfully creepy.
Play Value
This game is almost infinitely replayable. There’s an absolute ton of content to see, and you’ll constantly be trying to outdo your previous survival run.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game 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.

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