NEO Scavenger is a game where you must survive in the wasteland long enough to figure out who you are. Each turn, you must decide where to go, how to scavenge for supplies, and how to deal with anything and anyone you encounter.
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Release Date: Dec 15, 2014

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April 28

NEO Scavenger Update v1.14: Autosave! And Modding Fixes.

NEO Scavenger is now officially updated to v1.14! Since the test builds have been relatively stable, I've just finished updating the default builds to 1.14 on all sites. The "test" links are no longer necessary, and have been removed for now.

This updates the following builds:


New changes include:

  • Added optional autosave feature to save game at the beginning of each new turn.
  • Added ability to choose whether encounter map labels appear on minimap by adding =0 or =1 at end of data. If missing, assumes minimap label added.
  • Changed crowded map labels near DMC gates to be invisible on minimap, so only gates visible.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed communal barrel fires to be destroyed in extinguished fire recipe.
  • Fixed a bug in loading screen that prevented log from being added to clipboard if error in XML file.
  • Fixed a bug that misreported 0.0 charges on charged encounter items.
  • Fixed several null pointer bugs when loading save file that included content missing from currently-installed mods.
  • Fixed a null pointer bug if game tried to load recipe scrap for missing recipe.

The big change here is the new autosave feature. It'll try to save the game at the beginning of each turn so your progress is not lost in the event of a power outage, crash, or other event. It is enabled by default, and can be disabled on the options screen. Note that permadeath is still active, and your save will be deleted if your character dies.

Also, some modding enhancements made their way into this build. The loading screen logs should now be fixed in the event of bad XML format. And minimap labels can now be controlled by modders. An =0 means no label, while =1 means a label is added to the map. Default assumes a label is added.

Finally, the number of charges in an encounter item are now correctly reported, among some other null pointer fixes.

As always, if there are any issues with the new build, let me know on the forums!

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April 7

NEO Scavenger in Build Your Own Survival Humble Bundle!

Good news, everyone! NEO Scavenger debuts on the Humble Store as part of their Build Your Own Survival Bundle!



NEO Scavenger is currently -55% on the store. But if you add more titles to your Survival Bundle, you can get up to 70% off the full price! So if your survival collection was feeling a bit...emaciated, head on over, because time is running out!

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Reviews

“one of the best single player turn-based RPGs I’ve played for a long time.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“In short, this game is terrible...Buy it.”
TheMittani

“It may be a little hard to get into for some, but it's absolutely hard to put down.”
JayIsGames

About This Game

NEO Scavenger is a game where you must survive in the wasteland long enough to figure out who you are. Each turn, you must decide where to go, how to scavenge for supplies, and how to deal with anything and anyone you encounter. And with each passing minute, the pit in your stomach grows, your dehydration worsens, your muscles tire, and your body temperature drops in the cold autumn air. Choose your starting abilities carefully, because they and your wit are the only tools you have in the apocalypse!

Features

  • Unique Setting - Near-future, post-apocalyptic Michigan with local cryptids and folklore. And something else beneath the surface...
  • Turn-Based Play - Take your time with each turn, and play at your own pace. Save and quit when you want, and resume later.
  • Permadeath - If you die, that's it. NEO Scavenger is balanced around a single difficulty level: permadeath. Your save will be deleted if you die. So choose every action carefully!
  • No Grinding - There is no XP in NEO Scavenger. No levelling-up. Instead, progress comes from learning how to play the game better, and using your strengths to your advantage.
  • Semi-Random - Much of the map is randomized each game, including the location of ruins, creatures, weather, and certain quest branches.
  • Sandbox or Story - Search for clues to your identity, what happened, and who's hunting you. Or simply test your mettle against man and nature alike. Play how you want!
  • Abilities and Flaws - Choose abilities and flaws each time you play. Different combos unlock different abilities and quest branches.
  • Crafting - Extensive crafting system which allows for substitutions of similar items. Make a rifle scope from half a pair of binoculars, or a noise trap from a pill bottle and pebbles.
  • Desperate Combat - Detailed combat with moves like "Tackle," "Lure," "Kick While Down," "Demand Surrender," and "Threaten."
  • Realistic Wounds - Creatures have complex wound simulation, with multiple wound locations, infection, bleeding, and pain management.
  • Realistic Metabolism - Hypothermia, fatigue, thirst, hunger, disease, intoxication, shelter...everything is tracked.
  • Realistic Inventory - Complex inventory system with slots for holding, wearing, containers, and more. Fit items in grid spaces, and manage encumbrance.
  • Hex-Based World Map - Navigate ruins, hills, forests, and plains in a hex-based map. Line-of-sight, elevation, and daylight matters.
  • Tracking - Creatures leave their tracks and spoor on the map, which can be followed by others. Players can also hide their tracks.
  • Hiding - Players can use hiding to avoid being seen while traveling the map, as well as during story encounters.
  • Hunting - Trap small game for food and fur, or track and kill larger prey on the map for butchering.
  • Hacking - Use hacking skills to unlock scavenged laptops, cellphones, smartphones, and tablets. Mine them for paydata, or snoop through personal files.
  • Foraging - Search for edible plants and water, and use special skills to identify what's safe to eat.
  • Haunting Soundtrack - Music composed by Josh Culler, specifically for NEO Scavenger, plays periodically, lending an atmosphere of loneliness and desperation. (Also accessible as mp3s outside game.)
  • Creature AI - Wandering creatures go about their own business, hunting, scavenging, and hoarding. Morale affects their choices, and some will gang-up and cause trouble.
  • Dynamic Weather - Temperature, rainfall, and night/day are based on real-world data for autumn in the area. If you live long enough, you may see snow fall.
  • Detroit - Take refuge from the wasteland in one of mankind's last bastions of safety. Buy supplies, get medical care, and seek clues in a cyberpunk-styled city.
  • Trading Cards - Collect NEO Scavenger trading cards, badges, emoticons, and profile backgrounds!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of graphics memory
    • Storage: 75 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Please try the free demo to verify that it works for you!
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
    • Processor: Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of graphics memory
    • Storage: 75 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Please try the free demo to verify that it works for you!
    Minimum:
    • OS: Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) 5.6 or later (32 bit and 64 bit), openSUSE® 11.3 or later (32 bit and 64 bit), or Ubuntu 10.04 or later (32 bit and 64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of graphics memory
    • Storage: 75 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Please try the free demo to verify that it works for you!
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Stormbow
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game DESPERATELY needs a tutorial.
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Rel Mjau
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
8.5/10
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Chocolate Loli·pop
20.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
A game about pouring Mountain Dew into your open wounds then getting your plastic bag full of plastic bags stolen by a hobo with only one shoe and an ammoless shotgun while you ♥♥♥♥ yourself to death in the burnt husk of a Potter Barn.
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Pocket
23.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
If you're on the fence about this and you're not knowing what to expect... it's kinda a choose your own adventure type game. It's brutal, though. There is only one difficulty level. The graphics are very basic but somehow it's very immersive. I knew it would be good based on who I've seen on my friendslist playing it but it really is great.

In my last playthrough I froze to death while taking shelter in an old office building while surrounded on all sides by feral dogs. I only had one shoe.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Kongwars
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game is so good, but also very unpredictable: I was trying to talk to this stranger who approached me... did the same for 2 turns... my player stumbled to the ground and hit his head, fell unconscious and died. 10/10 would sumble again
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wdavid4
52.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
Ever play a game that made you want to throw your computer out the window, and then 5 minutes later want to play another round?

...that's NEO Scavenger.

If you frustrate too easily, if you don't like random difficulty spikes, if you can't have fun when the game isn't "fair" all the time, if you don't like to lose... this might not be the game for you.

You'll have the deck stacked against you right from the start most of the time. Just making it a day or two might seem impossible. Then you'll have that run of luck and manage to gather a small fortune, and even come to think of yourself as neigh invincible, only to succumb to some kind of horrible infection because you forgot to wear an air filter and accidentally inhaled some spores.

This game is not fair. It wasn't meant to be fair. That's part of the beauty.

There's a small but awesome modding community for this game, as well... and they've managed to add quite a bit of additional content to the game. Definitely worth checking out after you've played the base game for a while and want an expanded experience.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Gravity (N07501337H4X0R)
44.8 hrs
Posted: August 20
Really adictive gameplay, love how it's an post-apocalyptic survival game with out Zombies. Not a lot of though games on the market, now if you could have followers and make your own settlement kinda thing along with a way to regain equipment lost from the last Charactor making a new mode called Sandbox or something would be cool. I've probably have been killed by a pack of dogs then anything else in this game to be honest. While on the topic of dogs, while hiding inside of a building for i.e the cryo cell 17(or what ever its called) something with High levels of everything you would need to stay safe/hidden from the outside world/elements. Animals shouldnt beable to get to you they don't have hands to open doors or at lest have it so you can border your self off from people cuze sleeping is the second deadlist thing in this game to do. With all that said i would give this game an 8.5-10. keep up the good work!
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Koroshitekure
61.0 hrs
Posted: August 19
Simply the best.
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Brightsoul
81.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
Download the free demo and use the neo scavenger wiki at wikia to look up information. If you enjoy the demo then you'll definitely enjoy the full game. If you enjoy scavenging and survival games then this is a great one for you. I would love to see more content and a clearer plot, but I've gotten an easy 80 hours out of learning how to survive and eventually thrive in the harsh world.

This is much closer to a roguelike (not the rogue-lite garbage that is out now) in a survival setting than anything else I've played. You'll gradually learn what works and what doesn't work over the course of multiple play throughs and the rules are FAIR not just RNG.

Strong + Melee + Broad spear = win until you learn the game. I also pick Hiding + Insomnia to round out my build, but that's just preference. Insomnia is a manageable negative trait.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[DOD]Knuckles
20.9 hrs
Posted: August 17
INCREDIBLY enjoyable game. Who needs Graphics. This game has so much in to offer.
Its simplistic and complex all rolled up into one amazing ADDICTIVE package.
I dont know why. no matter how many times the wasteland kills me, or i am eaten by Dogmen. Or beaten to death by a badmutha with a sauce pan, or Stared down by a mellon head, Or killed by a Robor in an arena, or starve to death or freeze to death, or die of food poisoning, or bleed to death from blistered feet or am shot to death from some thing i didnt even see, or have all of my limbs crippled. The game just does not get old.

I just dont get it. I should HATE this kind of game. BUT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Seriously. See past the Graphics.
This game will hook you.

Would die again 42/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
150.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
While it seems simple on the surface, it has led to more intense moments then some triple A games.

Nothing can get more viceral then trying to bash someone's head in with a rock because you are freezing to death and need some clothes.

You will die in this game. A lot. Even after you get good gear and a gun. You think you are fine then you wake up with a blue frog standing over you and then it is a mad dash to find a cure for a deadly disease.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game is so good, but also very unpredictable: I was trying to talk to this stranger who approached me... did the same for 2 turns... my player stumbled to the ground and hit his head, fell unconscious and died. 10/10 would sumble again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
A game about pouring Mountain Dew into your open wounds then getting your plastic bag full of plastic bags stolen by a hobo with only one shoe and an ammoless shotgun while you ♥♥♥♥ yourself to death in the burnt husk of a Potter Barn.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Download the free demo and use the neo scavenger wiki at wikia to look up information. If you enjoy the demo then you'll definitely enjoy the full game. If you enjoy scavenging and survival games then this is a great one for you. I would love to see more content and a clearer plot, but I've gotten an easy 80 hours out of learning how to survive and eventually thrive in the harsh world.

This is much closer to a roguelike (not the rogue-lite garbage that is out now) in a survival setting than anything else I've played. You'll gradually learn what works and what doesn't work over the course of multiple play throughs and the rules are FAIR not just RNG.

Strong + Melee + Broad spear = win until you learn the game. I also pick Hiding + Insomnia to round out my build, but that's just preference. Insomnia is a manageable negative trait.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
reach the city or die trying
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
INCREDIBLY enjoyable game. Who needs Graphics. This game has so much in to offer.
Its simplistic and complex all rolled up into one amazing ADDICTIVE package.
I dont know why. no matter how many times the wasteland kills me, or i am eaten by Dogmen. Or beaten to death by a badmutha with a sauce pan, or Stared down by a mellon head, Or killed by a Robor in an arena, or starve to death or freeze to death, or die of food poisoning, or bleed to death from blistered feet or am shot to death from some thing i didnt even see, or have all of my limbs crippled. The game just does not get old.

I just dont get it. I should HATE this kind of game. BUT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Seriously. See past the Graphics.
This game will hook you.

Would die again 42/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
It's a great game and worth the 5€ purchase BUT the downside is not having some kind of a checkpoint mechanic. The game is pretty long and hard, but by design choice (roguelike) there's permadeath. As you die you will see yourself doing the same things troughout the game, and it becomes a bit repetitive after 20 times.

You can hack trough the save games though and if you're not a hardcore player you might just have to do it to see the ending of the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Ever play a game that made you want to throw your computer out the window, and then 5 minutes later want to play another round?

...that's NEO Scavenger.

If you frustrate too easily, if you don't like random difficulty spikes, if you can't have fun when the game isn't "fair" all the time, if you don't like to lose... this might not be the game for you.

You'll have the deck stacked against you right from the start most of the time. Just making it a day or two might seem impossible. Then you'll have that run of luck and manage to gather a small fortune, and even come to think of yourself as neigh invincible, only to succumb to some kind of horrible infection because you forgot to wear an air filter and accidentally inhaled some spores.

This game is not fair. It wasn't meant to be fair. That's part of the beauty.

There's a small but awesome modding community for this game, as well... and they've managed to add quite a bit of additional content to the game. Definitely worth checking out after you've played the base game for a while and want an expanded experience.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Really adictive gameplay, love how it's an post-apocalyptic survival game with out Zombies. Not a lot of though games on the market, now if you could have followers and make your own settlement kinda thing along with a way to regain equipment lost from the last Charactor making a new mode called Sandbox or something would be cool. I've probably have been killed by a pack of dogs then anything else in this game to be honest. While on the topic of dogs, while hiding inside of a building for i.e the cryo cell 17(or what ever its called) something with High levels of everything you would need to stay safe/hidden from the outside world/elements. Animals shouldnt beable to get to you they don't have hands to open doors or at lest have it so you can border your self off from people cuze sleeping is the second deadlist thing in this game to do. With all that said i would give this game an 8.5-10. keep up the good work!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
If you're on the fence about this and you're not knowing what to expect... it's kinda a choose your own adventure type game. It's brutal, though. There is only one difficulty level. The graphics are very basic but somehow it's very immersive. I knew it would be good based on who I've seen on my friendslist playing it but it really is great.

In my last playthrough I froze to death while taking shelter in an old office building while surrounded on all sides by feral dogs. I only had one shoe.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny