Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. 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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (30,567 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 23, 2013

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"It's honestly not my cup of tea but I can absolutely see why people enjoy this strange and creepy survival game. You will die, repeatedly."
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February 25

DST Info Update February 24, 2015 - Roadmap Updates, RoG and PAX

Hey everybody.

While we don't normally post DST related announcements here, Seth posted a status update on the official forums that I thought many of you would want to know about. It's a huge post, so I am posting a brief rundown in the Steam forums. But if you would like to read the full post (hint, hint), head over on the official forums.

The post includes information on 3 main topics.

  1. Development/roadmap updates. We’ve crossed off most of the items on the January Roadmap, but there’s a bit left to do and more beyond that. (Including some words about recent Willow changes)
  2. Why we’re adding Reign of Giants this way (“this way” being “all at once”) and how it’ll be available to DST players.
  3. PAX East! It’s in a week and a half! We’ve been getting ready: a bit about what we’ve put together and will be showing.

Head on over to the Steam forums to read the brief rundown, or the official forums to read the whole thing.

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December 15, 2014

Don't Stave Together Frontier Pack: Now Available on Steam!

Note: If you currently own Don't Starve on Steam, you will get Don't Starve Together for free when it exits Early-Access. By purchasing the Frontier Pack, current owners get Early-Access, and a bonus copy for a friend.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/322330/?snr=1_7_15__13

For more information and FAQ check out our roadmap here: Don't Starve Together Roadmap

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Don't Starve Together Now in Early-Access!


Don't Starve Together is a standalone multiplayer expansion of the uncompromising survival game, Don't Starve. Note: If you currently own Don't Starve on Steam, you will get Don't Starve Together for free when it exits Early-Access. By purchasing the Frontier Pack, current owners get Early-Access, and a bonus copy for a friend.

Click here to learn more!

Visit the Klei Store for Don't Starve Collectables!

About This Game

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.

  • 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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory:1+ gigs of RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics:Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:100% DirectX9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    Minimum:
    • OS:Lion (OSX 10.7.X)
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Intel
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive:512 MB Free Space
    • Additional:Not recommended for Intel GMA Graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks
    Minimum:
    • Processor:1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory:1+ gigs of RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics:Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
1,919 of 2,023 people (95%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
249.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
"Oh, i just bought this gam-" -Killed by a Bee.
"Ok, one more try" - Killed by a Bee.
"100 days!, 2 giants, 4 seasons, I'm invincible!" - Killed by a Bee.

The Tim Burton style fits this game perfectly, with a bit of survival, and fighting.

>You will fight Giants, Spiders, Metal Chess Things

>You will find Berries, Carrots, Bunnies

>You will have to kill the Bunnies to get Morsel, Pigs/Beefalos/Tallbirds (yes, birds that are, guess what, TALL) to get Meat, Spiders/Merms/Werepigs to get Monster Meat

>You will have to cook all of them if you want to survive.

>You will have to build a shelter if you want to survive.

>You will be INSANE, totally INSANE.

>You will see things. A lot of things.

>You will starve.

>But most importantly... YOU WILL DIE. A LOT.
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301 of 326 people (92%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
A great, fun game to play in your free time.
Includes deaths features like:
Starvation
Overheating
Freezing
Over-Exposure
BEES!
Tree Giants of Meanie-ness
Going Insane
Death
(The funny thing is, most of the time you don't die from starvation...)
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228 of 266 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
148.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
So much better than real camping.
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157 of 173 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
It’s a pity that Tim Burton hasn’t been involved in video games: both his visual style and his storytelling abilities would be welcome additions to our industry. Thankfully, niche approaches to style can find a welcome home in today’s indie market, and the folks down at Klei entertainment have turned that particular style onto the video game scene in their new 2-D open world survival title Don’t Starve. It’s a refreshing and unique entry into the genre, one that puts extra emphasis on the ‘surviving’, and that’s sure to give players a welcome challenge.

The goal in Don’t Starve is simple and straightforward (hint: read the title). The player takes control of a forlorn, classically British-looking protagonist, and although there is only one default starter character, other playable characters with potentially useful abilities unlock as the game progresses. When you start in the world, you’ve got only your bare hands to work with. There’s no tree-punching, thank goodness, but you’ll need to start off by hunting down some flint and sticks so you can fashion yourself an axe. Your first priorities are simply to acquire fire (which you must have to survive a night) and food (which, as it turns out, delays starvation). As luck would have it, it’s not enough to simply peg down a steady source of calories; if you’re not careful, you can also be killed in the conventional manner, in other words, by being ravenously eaten, poisoned, or pecked to death by some of Mother Nature’s wonders. There are also some native inhabitants, better armed and armored than you, who are probably best avoided. As if that weren’t enough, there’s one more danger that feels just a tad artificial: your character starts to go insane without having new things to think about (aka, crafting new items or gathering pleasant items). This provides an impetus to keep you gathering harder-to-find materials, and although this seems like a bit of a poor man’s way of encouraging you to explore and ‘techify’, the crafting is fun enough that it stands on its own two feet. Generally you’ll be quite happy to spend time gathering special items just because you want to, say, build yourself a suit of armor, or a new kind of animal trap. There are even cute hats to make that have the added bonus of keeping your sanity up.

If all of this sounds like an open-world creativity journey, think again. Don’t Starve does give you several nice options for survival. For example, your food sources can come from scavenging, farming, hunting, or even cultivating your own bees. However, in the harsh climates that you’ll be fighting through, your options are usually so limited that you’ll need to focus all your efforts on whatever strategy is most likely to let you live another day. It’s not a game of fun and frolicking: you’ve got to fix your problems now, before they grow to big and doom you by your own stupidity.

That’s all well and good for the basic ‘survive-and-thrive’ aspect of Don’t Starve, but there’s also a form of campaign in the guise of the Adventure Mode. Here, the player is placed into specially created worlds with particularly difficult settings: it might be extra cold, or extra dark, or the food might be extra hard to come by. Surviving in each world long enough to collect pieces of a McGuffin allow the player to progress to the next challenge, slowly uncovering a thin story as the adventure continues. It’s not a strong enough narrative to be an independent draw for most players, but gives a nice added challenge to the standard gameplay.

From its title to its music, Don’t Starve does an excellent job of perfectly nailing a unique tone: it’s always a little dark, a little humorous, and a little self-conscious. The soundtrack is mostly made to mimic small-ensemble Victorian era motifs, the sort of thing that you would expect to hear in a haunted mansion movie. That said, it feels like there’s not enough of this high quality music to go around. The light-hearted morbidity of the game is even reflected in what characters you can play with: it’d be so easy to simply make the player a terribly frightened little girl or boy, crying for his or her mommy. Instead, the characters in the game gleefully watch trees burn and take pleasure in slaughtering whatever cute furry animals they can find. It’s a kill-or-be-killed world, and your character loves every minute of it. But the best part about the game is that the environment itself practically has a character. Nature isn’t just a harsh environment: it’s out to get you. Chop up too many trees, or wring the necks of too many fluffy bunnies, and you might find yourself facing some particularly vengeful avatars of the outdoors.

The worldbuilding in Don’t Starve is a special treat, and is quite possibly the most enjoyable aspect of the game. The scenery and enemies are given a dark, edgy sketch style that looks a bit like a flannelgraph or felt puppet show. Birds and critters all have their distinctive hoots and whistles, and even the trees quiver when they grow new leaves (which, appropriately, happens in a sudden ‘pop’). Genre-wise, Don’t Starve sits nicely in that sweet spot of gothic aesthetics, partway between simple turn-of-the-century technology and homespun magic.

Comparisons between Don’t Starve and Minecraft are inevitable, but unfair. Don’t Starve isn’t nearly as open-ended: it’s more focused on the challenge of survival, and there’s very little call for customization at all in the game. All recipes are technically given to you in advance, although you may need to traverse a tech tree in order to gain access to them. The crafting in Don’t Starve is also more focused on utility - generally speaking you’ll be so busy trying desperately to build the weapons or shelter that you require, you won’t ever find yourself making something just for the fun of it. Instead of offering limitless exploration, Don’t Starve offers a particular feeling; that of being in a creepy, kooky horror story.

With only a few biomes and enemy types currently implemented, the game as it is only carries a decent amount of material, and replay value is sadly limited. The sticking point here is that, like Minecraft, Don’t Starve promises continual updates (and cleverly posts the date of the next game addition on its main menu). This makes the purchase of Don’t Starve something of a gamble: maybe it will fill up to the brim with new content, maybe it won’t, and only time will tell.

More so than in other genres of games, world building in survival games is important, because the world is your enemy. Just like every good heroic RPG needs a delicious villain to focus your conflict against, a good survival game needs to give the environment itself a personality. While most outdoor survival games do this by making the environment be something like an inviting, friendly host, Don’t Starve goes in the opposite direction by making the Mother Nature seem more like that weird cat lady who lives in the boarded-up house. It’s not so much an invitation to explore and enjoy yourself as it is a long list of dangers to avoid. Don’t pick fights with the locals. Don’t stay in one place for too long. Don’t ignore that growl you hear in the night. Oh, and just in case you forget... try not to starve.

Highly Recommended

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135 of 158 people (85%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
>Join server
>See huge base
>Two players run at me with spears
>>>Friendly, I say
>Instantly get impaled

>Am Ghost
>Float around
> See mushroom next to their base
>Decide to haunt
>It catches on fire
>Tree catches on fire
>Base catches on fire
>Players catch on fire
>Players die from fire consuming their evil souls

>I am dead
>Players are dead
>Base is dead

?//noone alive on server

1337/69 would sp00k again
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155 of 206 people (75%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I WORE A MELON ON MY HEAD AND DIED OF STARVING. BEST GAME EVER.

10/10
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69 of 79 people (87%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
You will die.

Spiders will murder you.
Hounds will murder you.
Bunnymen will murder you.
Tentacles will murder you.
Shadows will murder you.
Giants will murder you.
Penguins will obliterate you.
Bees will f**king destroy you.

And that's only if you don't starve first.
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76 of 92 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Great survival game! Really nice art style and gameplay, and the only thing to possibly could make it better was multiplayer... and that's coming!
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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game is FANTASTIC!

If you see angry butthurt people saying it's too hard,it's because they never tried to turn down the difficulty!

You can toggle everything from spiders to trees,and even how long night,day,dusk and seasons are!

It's really fun,and the workshop is amazing!

10/10 :D
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472 of 709 people (67%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
here's a recipe for pancakes so you wont starve.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Great game. Get it.
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130 of 181 people (72%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
2013 Beard Growing Simulator
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196 of 286 people (69%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Accidentilly set the forrest on fire as willow
fire is fun
fire is beautiful
fire is life
fire is love
fire is actually survival
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
No matter now much food you save up, no matter what clothing you create, and no matter how long your beard is, a frog is all it takes to destroy your life and make you rage harder than Leonardo DiCaprio at an Oscars event.
9.5/10 Love it.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Ever had a feeling of utter helplessness? An impending sense of dread? Well if you like pressure, Don't Starve is your game! A bundle of wicked all wrapped up in a funky little art style which we all know and love.

+Like I stated before, these graphics are wonderful, they aren't next gen but they don't need to be. They are like old school Tim Burton and grab your eye like a sexually frustrated teenager grabs a breast; they make this game what it is.

+The game balances a sanbox survival aspect with a real purpose which I won't spoil. In survival games I just feel as though I wander round aimlessly until I inevitably die, with Don't Starve I feel like I am really accomplishing something with every decision I make.

+You get a "keen sense of despair". Like the game says, there really is fear aspect to this game. Every choice is crucial, fraught with unseen consequences. A choice you make 5 minutes into your run could make the difference 50 days in. There are countless terrible creatures out for your blood. One of the worst moments you can experience is in the dead of night as you are racked with pain as insanity takes over. You will hear a child's tune play like that from a Jack-in-a-box. Then you will see an evil shadow hand come to steal your fire and envelop you in darkness.

+It's downright witty and fun.

There are no negatives to Don't Starve: this is game at it's finest.
-Developers open to suggestion, always adding new and exciting content.
-A welcoming and inspiring community.
-A game that challenges you to think but remains fun.
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Trees that come alive once you chop their friends down, spooky ghost, growing a magnificent beard in a few days, digging up graves like you are stealing money from bank, and Pigmen that are actually more helpful than the Villagers in Minecraft.
This game has everything! You got your food, water, and atmosphere. Everything you can ask for! Graphics are Super Awesome. Characters are wonderful! Even Wilson himself knows how awesome this game is, that's how awesome it is.
I recommend once multiplayer comes out to play this with buddies of yours, you will be asking for a great time with them and doing some Skype also.
What else must i say in this review about this game? Just Don't Starve k? HAHAH! That pun, wait you weren't laughing? Well darn.
G8 game M8 i r8 8/8
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Boy Scouts should be required to play Don't Starve before going on any camping trips – they could even get a badge for it, in the form of a gaping, pointy-toothed wormhole. Or maybe a friendly campfire.Don't Starve is, at its most basic level, a survival game. It features crafting, mysticism, science and all manner of nasty creatures, especially once it gets dark. In order to stay alive, players have to use the surrounding flora and fauna to craft increasingly complex tools, starting with a simple axe and building up to items as intricate as lightning rods and carpeted flooring.When you die in Don't Starve, your current world is destroyed, along with the things you created while surviving in it. There are advanced tricks to escape death – constructing a Meat Effigy or finding an Amulet – but rest assured that you will most likely die before gaining the experience required to craft or dig up these items. A Touch Stone will also resurrect fallen players, but finding that structure early on is more luck than certain death. I did find it, at the beginning of my second run, but I didn't know what the strange circle surrounded by pig heads was, so I didn't use it, and when I died, I was dead.That said, curiosity and a desire to poke at unfamiliar things are essential in Don't Starve.Dying is a fundamental gameplay aspect. Death won't always come from starvation; it inhabits many forms, including beasts large and small, and the terrors that hide in the night. A clock-like status bar in the upper right corner of the map shows how many days you've survived and the current time, and it provides health, hunger and mental gauges. It's an efficient system, the clock hand moving from yellow to red to blue – day, afternoon and night – and circles of health systems draining without proper care. One glance and it's instantly clear how long until you have to build a fire, or if you need to eat or rest.On top of a solid survival game, Don't Starve is a deep, layered experiment in crafting and exploration. Throughout the biomes are wormholes that transport players to different lands, which offer new materials for building science machines – which unlock new crafting recipes – and heartier structures. New characters are unlocked with experience – 20 points per day survived. This is all in Sandbox Mode, but Don't Starve also features an Adventure Mode, which players can enter by finding and activating Maxwell's Door. Adventure Mode is Don't Starve's campaign, pitting Wilson against Maxwell, the demonic genius who brought Wilson to the wilderness in the first place. It's five grueling chapters – upon first entrance, players lose all items and crafting recipes, and can only carry four items between Adventure Mode chapters. Die in Adventure Mode and you're spat back out into Sandbox Mode, precisely where you left it.For its art style, deceptively dark vibe and experimental approach, Don’t Starve is certainly worth a look.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Great gameplay, every time I play I see something new!
I think more people should try it out because Don't Starve Together is going to be so much fun!
I love this game. <3
^_^
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I love this game to death. It is a fantastic game that has been my intro to PC gaming and I recommend this game to anyone who likes to get killed by things weaker than you every twelve seconds. Also I am a fan of collecting poop.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Said Hi to a pig. It beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of me until I died.

10/10 Would die to pig again.
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37 of 54 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
122.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Buy the game.
Play the game.
Pray the gnome gods.

Very much fun.
REMEMBER ONE THING THO, DON'T STARVE
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