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!
Customer reviews
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theengine777
( 102.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
overall game play are ok
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bleachedjoy
( 84.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I had never played a turn based game before I picked up Neo Scavenger, and man, did I miss out. It's a truly unique experience, and kept me coming back for more. Every time I would die, with a fully loaded character and everything, I got mad and started over. Some might say there isn't a lot in regards to the game, and I can see why they say that. There aren't a whole lot of places, but enough for me to keep my simple mind occupied.

If you want to add more to the game, you can always download mods to enhance your experience.

I highly reccomend this game and wish there was a bigger fanbase.
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DustOfTheNorth
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I nearly missed out on this game to be honest.
The tile based stuff usually isnt my thing.
I tried the demo from the website first.
The depth of gameplay is astounding.
I let this guy BadMutha live, I didnt want to kill him.
I beat him within an inch of his life took all his gear, but let him live.
He had scavenged the gear that I had left behind and tracked me to the next town.
Got revenge on me with a broken beer bottle to my neck.
It felt like real revenge, the stuff that plays out in online games.

Im pleased with my purchase.
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bd648
( 45.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This is an incredibly good game with a suprising amount of polish. This is the best example of what it would be like to end up in a paranormal apoclypse in michigan (although i dont think there are many examples of that). This game should also be used as the standard of what should be used for healing in video games with a very comprehensive health management system. The only possible improvement i could think of is having multiple save slots. Great game.
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Oceanus Procellarum
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This is honeslty the best game I have every played. Ever since I was a child I wanted to find a game that trumped all others in terms of actual wilderness survival, and even though this is not this games focus I would have to say this game does it better than all the rest. Even UnReal, which is now my second favorited, does not trump this game. Beyond its amazing survival elements this games story is very mysterious and intriguing, something that most survival games have no part of. Look at The Long Dark or The Woods, while they are slated to have stories there is none at this current moment. NEO Scavenger delivers everything I could have ever wantd out of a game and I would say the only thing that would make it better is a reboot in a 3D engine. This game is amazing and I could even see it being made into a very sucesful move.
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Grivies_Otter
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Hardcore turnbased Survival-Game with a rather interesting storyline and a pretty unique setting.
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Hoboinblack
( 55.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
10/10 killed by a melonhead whilst having not only a .38 with 18 rounds but also a .308 with 9 round :/
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WalkinGunz
( 65.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
This game can be frustrating at first, the first few (many) lives you play will often end in the same ways: freezing, beaten to death while you're half naked, more freezing. It takes patience, practice, and more than a little luck to get off to a good start. You learn what skills you should select, what risks you should take, and where all of the good stuff can be found.

This is a fun game, it just takes a little getting used to.
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Sitchaux
( 89.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
The last of us without the zeds and without the Ellie
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Aerekplus
( 81.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Played it a little bit, it's pretty fun.

20879.6 / 10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Wake up.
Realize an arrow has been lodged into my head.
Pull it out.
Find the guy who shot me.
Stab him to death with the arrow.
Eat his corpse.
Die of dehydration.
10/10
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38 of 59 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Game is hard, but good.

Until you find out the game is using 2-5GB of temporary internet files as your "save data" and cleaning your computer wipes your save, every time. Stupid devs started with an internet flash game, and ended with an internet flash game. they can't even code the save files into real save files so that long-run gameplay (about a month or two in in-game 'time') doesn't start lagging. seriously, a game that is not server based and has low quality graphics lagging because devs can't code a proper save file. sad too, it had potential.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This game is amazing for hardcore survivalists. Basically, here's how my adventures went:
1. Freeze to death. Retry.
2. Freese to death. Ragequit.

3 months later...

Oh yeah, that's right! I have Neo Scavenger! I wonder if i got better!

1. Die
2.Die
3. Die
4. Die
5. OH MY GOD I HAVE A LIGHTER! I WON'T FREEZE ANYMORE!!! Stranger with hunting rifle: Nope. *BLAM* Die.

Still haven't beaten it... But it sure is fun!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
112.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Could not stop playing Neo Scavenger for weeks after picking it up. Can't recommend it highly enough. Aside from having solid gameplay/balance, it also checks off some of these important boxes for a survival game:

-frequent painful death (took me a dozen playthroughs to survive past a few days)
-lots of clutter to collect, most of which has use based on your strategy
-meaningful loadout variety (very different strategies/experience based on initial skill choices)
-compelling story progression; you'll get a bit further each time before dying or making an irreversible poor choice
-does a good job of setting an ominous dystopian post-apocalyptic wasteland cyperpunk tone

In terms of critique, I have to admit it does feel a bit sparse in terms of core content. Not only does the excellent foundation beg for an expansion of material (you could say that about any quality game), but certain items, mechanics, and gameplay elements clearly feel unfinished. The main story line is short as well, but feels much longer than it is because of how hard it is to progess through it without dying. Luckily there is a small but active modding community that has done some impressive things to expand the game in terms of content as well as mechanics.

Anyway, Neo Scavenger isn’t perfect but as one of the few games I’ve ever purchased at full price, I’m comfortable saying its worth it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
87.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
A game you could easily get addicted to. You'll get lucky and find 4000 worth of equipment. You'll get unlucky and get instantly killed by a cannibal with nothing but an empty water bottle. There is some background story, several skills and different ways of surviving, and even more ways to thrive.
Fair word of warning, the game is flash-based, so it's easy for it to overload flash, which could corropt your save or just make the game lag after a long time of surviving.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This game can be frustrating at first, the first few (many) lives you play will often end in the same ways: freezing, beaten to death while you're half naked, more freezing. It takes patience, practice, and more than a little luck to get off to a good start. You learn what skills you should select, what risks you should take, and where all of the good stuff can be found.

This is a fun game, it just takes a little getting used to.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This is honeslty the best game I have every played. Ever since I was a child I wanted to find a game that trumped all others in terms of actual wilderness survival, and even though this is not this games focus I would have to say this game does it better than all the rest. Even UnReal, which is now my second favorited, does not trump this game. Beyond its amazing survival elements this games story is very mysterious and intriguing, something that most survival games have no part of. Look at The Long Dark or The Woods, while they are slated to have stories there is none at this current moment. NEO Scavenger delivers everything I could have ever wantd out of a game and I would say the only thing that would make it better is a reboot in a 3D engine. This game is amazing and I could even see it being made into a very sucesful move.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Interesting game to say the least. And is quite difficuilt when it comes to surviving. If your a fan of those types of "Scavange or you die" type of games then you'll love this game. 10/10 would lose my backpack again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I think my most memorable moment in this game came from late in the game (right next to the end I later found out) where my character had an oppourtunity for a good life in the post apocalypse, and I selected the option that would put me on that path. Only to have him suffer the worst possible death, one without my control. And while this could be considered cheap, in the moment of personal heartbreak that followed was the most I have been affected by a game in my memory. Sure the game has its faults here and there, but any game that can do that to me deserves to be played.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
The last of us without the zeds and without the Ellie
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