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“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.
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


“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 the 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

    • 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 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
This game is actually very good, and I'll be buggered if I know why it wasn't more popular than it was. After all, neither the "zombie" or "survival crafting" genres seem in much threat of extinction at this very moment, but, well...maybe the sheer quantity of such gaming experiences is precisely WHY this one got lost in the shuffle.

Really quite the little undiscovered gem, which isn't to say it's a 100% frustration-free romp, but my complaints are relatively few and minor, namely: It's a tad LONG for my tastes (then again, just about all games these days ARE, hahaha); the aiming mechanism is sometimes frustrating (especially with melee weapons, which it's hardly even necessary for); and the night-time sequences, while spooky at first, become increasingly tiresome once you realise all you really have to do is stand next to a camp-fire for ten minutes and you'll be home-and-hosed (though the temptation to wander away and get up some bonus XP is most definitely there, and usually just ended up getting me into needless trouble...but that's just the kinda eejit I am sometimes).

But on the whole, ♥♥♥♥ it, it's pretty darn fun, not without humour and certainly not lacking in hearty bloodshed. Best zombie game since those two that Valve did, that I'VE played at least (and I'll play just about anything with zombies in it, let's face it). Definitely the BEST ZOMBIE GAME SET ON ONE OR MORE DESERTED ISLANDS to be released in recent years (not pointing any fingers at any infinitely better-known and infinitely LAZIER franchises with similar thematics which I could mention, of course)! I'll definitely be playing it again sometime, and if that's not a recommendation, well I'll be a Coco's uncle (sorry, but you might have to play the game to get this little in-joke...go on, you know you wanna)...

Verdict: 8.5/10.
Posted: May 14
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
A fun, 'Diablo'-esque Third-Person RPG, "How to Survive" caught me a little off guard. At $2.25 (Summer Sale 2014), I certainly wasnt expecting much but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this title from 505 Games.

The story is straighforward - play as one of three protagonists stuck on a deserted island infested with zombies, and learn 'how to survive' long enough to find a way out. The gameplay is fun, good graphics and atmospheric sound, M&K controls are intuitve and responsive, features a broad selection of weapons (from Axe's, Machete's, Bow & Arrows, Molotov Cocktail's to a wide variety of guns), and interesting characters. The game's strength however was the Inventory setup - which allows you to collect a seemingly random mish-mash of junk from your travels around the island and combine them in various ways to create useful items (Eg. String and a wooden stick to create a fishing rod, An old bottle, kerosene and a scrap of fabric to create Molotov Cocktail's, An old rubber tire, an axe and string to create body armor etc etc).

'How to Survive' might not break any new boundaries but 505 Games have taken on a disparete variety of gameplay elements and executed extremely well to create a refreshingly fun, zombie-horror romp. At $2.25, this one is a no-brainer - A Definite Recommend (8/10)
Posted: July 1
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Don't let the low metascore fool you. This game might not be the best zombie/crafting/survival game ever made, but it has a lot to offer when playing co-op. Even if the game feels as though it could have been bigger. The idea of keeping your character fed, hydrated, and rested while exploring zombie infested islands and crafting useful items from scraps is a fun idea that is implemented well with this game -- the world, items, and crafting options just seem a little lack luster.

The survival aspects of the game, eating, drinking and resting, are presented simply. Safe houses must be discovered and cleared out for the character to have a safe place to rest. This part of the game works well. The safe houses get progressively more difficult to clear, and they are spaced appropriately throughout the game. It would have been nice if the islands were larger. The player must search for wild edibles or hunt for food. Foods can be cooked and combined, but a lot of the times there is little to no reason to do it. While it's fun to make a dish a Fish 'n' Chips, there is no difference from that and just a cooked fish. This part feels as though it could have used more work. Maintaining good hydration is another survival aspect that is done simply and effectively. Fresh water can be found around the island, and the player can store water in different containers. These containers can be re-used for water again, or for storing other liquids. Various fruits and items can be mixed with water to make "mix drinks." This part of the survival felt as though it got more attention. Every new drink that was discovered had different effects, and that led to more creative use of inventory space.

The back packs are a tad small; however, if you are planning on playing co-op, which I highly recommend, the back pack size works extremely well. It took extra coordination between my partner and me, but that added a lot to the co-op.

The combat is solid and balanced. What would be overwhelming at first, in time becomes just another brawl on the beach. The learning curve fits well with the progression of the character.

The story is nothing exceptional, but that's not why I played this game. However, all of the npcs are voice acted which is a breath of fresh air.

The asking price for this game feels right on. It's a steal when it's on sale.

Posted: June 10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Great game, lots of fun, definetly for fans of dead island
Posted: June 29
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
I just picked this game up when it went on sale. So far from what I have played its and RPG that kind of looks like a Diablo game but it takes place on a some tropical islands that are completely infested with zombies. So far from what I've played it's very entertaining. Seems like it's fairly quest based. If you are on the fence and it's on sale or you just got money to burn, Get it. Graphics are pretty good.

I recorded myself playing some of it to show my friends what the game was like in attempt to get them to play multiplayer with me. Check It Out!!

Posted: July 19
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1,004 of 1,305 people (77%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Now first lets get the positive out of the way.
The games graphics are fine for what it is.
The story can be funny sometimes.
The co-op challenges can be fun with a friend.

Now lets get to the real review where we look at what they promised and what they delivered.
The game is an ok size however it's extreamly limited in size for it's price.

If you forced yourself to go slow you would take maybe 6 hours to finish this game.

Another problem is the content the guns,melee weps, mutants ect is all really limiting.
Some might disagree with me there but think about it theres maybe 8 guns, 3 chainsaws , 6 melee weps and 1 ammoless total op wep.

Now for my Largest disapointment with this game it's promise "experience for zombie game veterans"

There is NOTHING veteran about this game it hands everything to you on a silver platter.
There's sleep areas at night prebuilt impervise to any zombie attack that you only need to clear out once.

Night creatures are as deadly as a new born kitten.
Ammo is WAY too common i had 2,000 ammo constantly.

There should never be a weapon that can destroy armys without some sort of price "i'm looking at you boomarang"
You should not point out on the map where the players have got to go.

The crafting tells you what's possible.....
The "hardest" mutant is the easyest thing to beat with a handgun.

Food is too easy to aquire.
Water is Way too easy to aquire.

Items respawn.....
Changing difficulty only changes what damage they hit.......

And i could go on with this list for acouple more pages.
All in all this game was a disapointment and broke it's promises.

Before you say i did not play long enough know that i defeated the game twice and defeated half the challenges with friends.
I played through twice to see if anything at all changed i really had to force myself to with a dieing hope that something hard or fun would of been added.

Online co-op is lag and bug filled and has serious annoyances that i had hoped they might have removed.
The difficulty and enemie numbers are the same.
You and the other player are forced to share the screen meaning you can't move far from eachother.
The match making system is pathetic as it's auto finding where you select options and hope that someone else has the same options but a diffrent character.
All in all no real change to the game still not worth the money.
Posted: November 29, 2013
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