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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,959 reviews) - 93% of the 1,959 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 15, 2014

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"An obtuse interface hides a brutal, fascinating game of survival. Finding a plastic bag is cause for celebration and *everything* wants you deead."

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September 17

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“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.”

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

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!


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 75 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Please try the free demo to verify that it works for you!
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 75 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Please try the free demo to verify that it works for you!
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 75 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Please try the free demo to verify that it works for you!
Helpful customer reviews
44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
“How long can you survive the post-apocalyptic wastelands of NEO Scavenger?” Asks the developer.

To be more precise, It’s a game that will make you cherish plastic bags more than anything else.
At one time I did carry three plastic bags at once: One in each hand and one put on the shoulder. Inside these an assortment of the finest junk ever seen by man: Empty bottles, cigarette lighter, a t-shirt, twigs, a sauce pan and even more crumpled plastic bags, in case the current ones rip apart. Let me tell you, plastic bags are the superior container for almost anything you might want to carry at some point in the post-apocalypse.

Oh and don’t drink unboiled water – I did and it was a mistake. A few days later while trying to sneak up to a sleeping stranger at night (To rob him, obviously; I needed a pair of new shoes), I got diarrhea. Uncontrollable stomach cramps made me fall down and curl up into a ball. The moaning woke up the stranger who’s been in a very bad mood. I started to bleed from my nose – probably from a virus like cholera I’ve ingested by drinking the water from a pond days earlier. I was indeed particularly thirsty the last few days.
The stranger sprinted towards me and a few moments later, without asking questions, he clubbed me to death with the butt of his rifle – not because of my pain, but to conserve ammo. I think it was for the best, I would have died from internal bleeding anyway. My life was over before I even knew it.

The interesting part here is that all of this did not feel “unfair”; I made a mistake hours before (drinking contaminated water) and could have prevented it (by boiling the water). Even after the fact, the symptoms of dehydration gave an indication that something was wrong: I could have ingested medicine immediately, but I didn’t.

It’s great that games like this are made.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Although NEO Scavenger doesn't have the fancy graphics of titles with huge budgets and numerous developers, it manages to do a lot more with a lot less. Scraping by and surviving in a world in which almost everything and everyone would rather see you dead (and in which death is permanent) may not sound fun on paper, but the game manages to create that addictive just-one-more-turn quality that's a sign of a great game. Thanks to the excellent music and writing, the game also manages to pull off an impressive amount of immersion and atmosphere with the limitations of the isometric, hexagonal world.

Unlike a lot of early access games with more staff and so less of an excuse, the developer has been communicative and responsive throughout which I can only think has led to a better game.

NEO Scavenger is a testament to what one guy with vision and dedication can do.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Day 30: found some pimp and he wanted me to give his "lady" some medical attention, I decided to put some dirty rags on the gaping wound. She is probably going to die of an infection, but hey he gave me 500 dollars so who's complaining?

Day 40: finally got to a civilized area, I got in line to get in the city but I wasn't allowed in because I didn't have what appears to be a bracelet for cool kids. Right after that some dude with a neat hat told me to follow him, I didn't listen to him because he was boring, when he began looking at me like he wanted an answer I got nervous and shouted "it's a trap!", he was impressed of my trap finding skills so he gave me a cool kids bracelet or something. I put it on so I looked cool in front of the people who kicked nerds out of the line to the city, when they saw my watch they let me in. Luckily because I sold my twenty left footed gumboots and some poisonous berries I was able to afford eye surgery

Day 50: I set up three noise traps, one tarp shelter and a sleeping bag somewhere in the forest, also I killed around six Dogmen without being hit. I also learned to make tea.... that's cool right? Anyway I digress, later that day I was stabbed by some cultist from Isis or blue frog, one of those two, so I poured some boiled water onto my open wound and covered it with a clean piece of cloth. Now there is a 0% chance of getting an infection

Day 60: people started running away from me on sight, maybe it has to do with the fact I'm wearing the skin of a Dogman as a vest and squirrels as gloves not to mention I'm carrying a loaded hunting rifle while having one strapped to my back with no ammo. I also have a nifty broad spear that is covered with the blood of my past twenty or so enemies, also I have a sled with extra fire wood in it

Day 65: a melon head was no nice as to bring me a shopping cart basket with no wheels! That is now where I'm going keep all 10 of my left footed shoes.
I've been proceeding to kill as many evil people as I can, I don't care if they won't bother me I kill them because them because they are on my lawn, I only spare ATN warriors and any other possible neutral that is holding a gun.

Day 70: Never taking my talisman off again.... Don't ask why...

Day 80: Just remembered I was supposed to talk to that guy with the hat like 39 days ago. Better not go back there, instead I will go explore whatever is north from my base

Day 83: the nearest source of water is 3 hexes away, better drink my own ♥♥♥♥

Day 84: Note to self the yellow liquid is not ♥♥♥♥, it is an energy drink

Day 85: I was almost starving to death until I came across a true messiah, a looter with tomato sauce sachets it was so nice of him to uhh… die for me

Day 86: I just ate four forest hexes worth of edible berries and mushrooms

Day 90: I am beginning an investment; from this day forth I swear to sell all of my Dogmen skin to replace my eyes with robotic night vision ones. Or so the people around the city for cool kids said I could

Day 100: hasn't happened yet

8/10 can make a story out of the game while still having fun
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
NEO Scavenger is a turn based survival game based in post apocalyptic Michigan. In the beginning you are immediately faced with an oppertunity to encounter an enemy. Although I personally avoid that encounter because although the combat is turn based, it is also entirely text based. As is almost everything else in the game, from the detailed descriptions of the surrounding areas. To the fact that you wake up the next morning with stomach pains & diarrhea because you ate poisonous berries. The first time I played, I discovered a map finding out that I was in Michigan before shortly getting pummled to death in my sleep by a hunter with a crowbar. The next game I found my own crowbar and pocket knife and slaughtered a pack of wild dogs, before getting a 'severe' infection from not treating their multiple bite wounds. What the hell? this game has realistic damage indicators? Yes, you can't just drink a potion and make it all go away. It's certianly not for the average gamer. But I would definitely Recommend NEO Scavenger to anyone who likes the idea of frustration after the character they put so much effort into is killed by an unlucky encounter with a unfortunate looking melonhead.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
NEO Scavenger is a really intense survival game. You can make a character based off of different skills and survival tactics. Depending on what you chose, your experience with the game will change. If you take Medical Knowledge, you can tend your wounds faster, or if you take Melee, you will be able to fight better.

It's a very brutal and unforgiving game. If you mess up, it could cost you your life. Perma-death is a thing so you really want to be careful. The descriptions of what you do in combat is very descriptive and really helps with immersion.

- It's very fun
- Rewarding if you come across some good gear
- Very realistic in the mechanics

- no animations or visuals during combat
- Purely text based (could be a good thing if you like that, I do)
- near impossible on your first few lives.
- UI takes some time to get used to

Over all, it's a very brutal, but fun survival game, and I am really glad that I got it. If you enjoy wilderness survival games, this one will not dissapoint you.
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