“A real Gem” – Destructoid at E3 “Offers a different experience for zombie game veterans” – Co-Optimus “Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,299 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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Buy How to Survive - Dead Summer Days Bundle - AUG'14

Includes 6 items: How to Survive, Heat Wave DLC - Abby's pack, Heat Wave DLC - Kenji's pack, Heat Wave DLC - Jack's pack, Kovac’s Way DLC, Hello my name is... Nina. DLC

Buy How to Survive - Storm Warning Edition

Includes 7 items: How to Survive, Heat Wave DLC - x 3 pack, Kovac’s Way DLC, Hello my name is... Nina. DLC, One Shot Escape DLC, Barricade! DLC, El Diablo Islands - Host

 

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"Looking for a different sort of ZOMBIE-HORROR-SURVIVAL game,look no further than this absolute gem of a game"
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October 21

How to Survive New DLC NOW LIVE!!!!!!

Survivors! A number of you asked for a free roaming mode while others wanted an endless survival mode. Well, check out the 2 DLCs being released on Steam today!

On One Shot Escape (http://bit.ly/1wk7HQ2) you’ll have just one chance to fix a vehicle and flee the islands, but watch out… resources are scarce and highly randomized…

On Barricade! (http://bit.ly/1rnH88t) you’ll have to spend your days gathering resources and fortify your position with barricades, obstacles and turrets to protect your friends at night from the incoming hordes of creatures…


We have also bundled all available DLCs on the “Storm Warning Edition” you can check it here (http://store.steampowered.com/sub/45469/).

Enjoy!

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September 4

El Diablo Islands DLC is now live!

Great News Survivors!

El Diablo Islands – brand new DLC for H2S Steam version - is now available!

http://youtu.be/Rlp94BUyP8U

Don’t wait any longer to download it and venture to a new set of volcanic Islands: discover new fauna and characters and learn to craft fantastic tools and weapons taking advantage of the different weather effects to face the most surprising enemies.

New exclusive contents of the DLC are:
  • Extension of the original story
  • New main and side quests
  • New characters: Scientist & Scientist's Assistant.
  • Fog and Storm weather effects
  • Environment: Volcano (3 islands)
  • Weapon: Electro Gun, Blower Gun
  • New zombies
  • Game element: Toxic clouds, Lava flow, Electric pylons, Weather remote controller, Electric backpack, fireproof boots.
  • Living Animal: Iguana.
  • Zombie Animal: Iguana

Players will have the choice to continue playing the original story or to restart it in its extended version.

You can also invite a friend to play online the new quests with you even if he doesn't have the DLC yet!

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Reviews

“How To Survive is more than just a solid zombie role-playing game, it's also one of the best games of the year. With its mix of Diablo-esque hack and slash and dual-stick shooter action, 505 Games' newest Xbox Live Arcade game is a real surprise. It has a deep crafting system and a world you can't help but want to explore. How To Survive rewrites the book on zombie RPGs!”
90% – Gaming Nexus

“While there have been several games that have recently released that fall into the growing zombie survival genre, How to Survive manages to do enough differently to earn its place among the crowd. The game’s strong emphasis on crafting and juggling basic human needs helps distinguish itself from other titles. Additionally, the story campaign features a tale that manages to contain a few plot twists despite its simplicity. One area where How to Survive shines is the game’s strange brand of humor which is helped along by the title’s decent voice acting. In all, How to Survive is recommended to any fans of either the undead or survival simulators. Those who enjoy intricate crafting or top-down gaming should also give it a look.”
4 Stars – Examiner

“In terms of graphic and sound design, How to Survive looks good and sounds even better. The lighting gives real-time shadows based on not only the source but the time of day as the shadows move with the passing sunlight. The island is beautifully rendered, and animations are fluid and zombie deaths are pleasingly gory, chunks of body parts will liter the ground and roll depending on the shape of the surface”
8/10 – Gamer Horizon

About This Game

  • A real Gem” – Destructoid at E3

  • Offers a different experience for zombie game veterans” – Co-Optimus

  • Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar

You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world. How will you survive?


Collect the pages of a Survival Guide and figure it out, of course! Find food, water, and shelter before you perish. Uh oh, is it getting dark? Figure out how to get through the night! While you’re at it, gather up some of this awesome stuff and piece together over 100 handmade weapons and tools—from shotguns to Molotov cocktails. Now you can defend yourself and your friends like a boss!

• Choose one of the three playable characters, each with different characteristics and skill trees.

• Explore four islands filled with unique flora and fauna and a variety of abhorrent monstrosities.

Collect “Survival guide” video chapters to learn tips that will save your life!

Play with a friend offline through the story mode or go online and play with a friend through 8 demanding challenges..

• Try the “Iron Man” difficulty for a demanding hardcore game experience.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Ati 5700 series/NVIDIA GeForce GT240 or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Addicting. Stayed up all night playing this with my husband. We lost track of time, so he got 3 hours of sleep for a 12 hour day of work.

10/10
Posted: October 6
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Pretty good game, but camera work ruins whole gameplay in a cooperative mode. It's just annoying. It really bothers me and many other players too (i have seen a few posts about it, players actually begged developers to fix this). However, single mode is interesting and provides fun for couple of hours and i think that if you like zombie survival type games (and playing alone also) you will like this game. Is it worth buying? For single playing only, yes.
Posted: October 16
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
It has an interesting gameplay style and really cool ideas. I love how I try to figure everything out by myself and I honestly refrained from watching youtube videos or even wikis, so it's been fun seeing all the cool weapons :D

Hopefully I can make everything in the game, cause it's so fun killing the zeds with ridiculous weapons XD
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Needed just a little more survivel and more story... other than same story and diologe for all caracters GRATe game needs another one.this time though alow real custome armors and weapons not preset custome other than that awesome job

85/100 making your own resting place would have been harder and funner. another thing is malee on this game 95% useless and not to spoil any thing but BOOM=INSTA death
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Fun and twisted zombie survival horror in a Diablo style format. Crafting, survival, ZOMBIES! What more could you ask for?
Posted: October 11
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Fun game. I haven't played anything like it in a while. My only complaint is that you absolutely have to play this with a controller. A mouse and keyboard seemed completely unplayable. I purchased an XBOX One controller and ended up really enjoying it.
Posted: October 11
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
A really nice game, especially if you play it coop; unfortunately it has very little replay value, but i'm more than satisfied with the purchase and i recommend it to any lover of survival games!
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Awesome game, def deserves a better meta score. i would sy an 80 would do it justice. this game is just so fun, great crafting and zombie killing. HIGHLY recommend this game. 10/10.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Quite fun, story is ok, character building and crafting gear good but when U find THE stones and use them on weapons (especially on triple boomerang) it is over. U become meat grinder for zombie, and only final battle on higher difficulty become some challenge. But I just passed single mode and won't coming back for second run because when You already know the story it's just not entertaining enough.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Best value per dollar i've played in a long while..
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
UPDATE: I haven't had any crashing issues at all lately! it's amazing. Seriously tho.. this game is awesome. it's fun, interesting, addictive, and overall looks real nice. I think it should be rated higher. if anyone played it after the updates theyd know it's better now.
Posted: October 7
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
I am amazed at how much fun this game is. Get it!
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
its a good game but i think there are to may zombies at night and its hard to get into a selter when all these mother ♥♥♥♥ing zombies are around you but still a good game
Posted: October 16
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Its a whole lot better then I thought it would be.
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
wanna survive in a island who full with zombie? or make something for killing zombie?

“Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
this game is actually is fun to play....good story and variety for weapon to craft also its not to hard to search for weapon parts..well i enjoyed play this game
Posted: October 18
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
This game is awesome. a lot of things to do ,kill and craft. only thing i dont like is the lack of players online and that the online is only 1 other player besides yourself( im sure i got this game when ppl stopped playing). I wish more ppl still played or that they would make a newer version or updated. Besides that thumbs up
Posted: October 18
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
This game is The coolest ♥♥♥♥ I've ever seen in the indie department 11/10
Posted: October 18
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
"damn a zombie" why would you say this when you can kill it in many different ways. with a bow,gun,axe,sword,stick,chainsaw, "or we can let it live " SAID NOONE EVER!
Posted: October 19
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Overall, a pretty good game for the money. My only complaint so far is getting struck by lightning every 30 seconds during a storm.
Posted: October 19
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