“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 (4,300 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
27 of 45 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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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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
I met this dude who got bit and he told me to get some @#$%in' drugs so I ripped some plants out of the ground and force fed him those. He was all right. Mission accomplished.

He said to look for his old boyfriend who I found hangin' out on a beach surrounded by @#$%in' zombies! Like, how old you gotta be to know that zombies=bad? Damn. And he was on crutches 'cause he sawed off his own @#$%in' leg. Man, that's hardcore.

This old dude and I become butt-buddies and he sends me on a series of fetch quests to get rope and engines and batteries, blah blah blah. On one of these missions, I meet the guy from Dead Space who's all like "woo I am an angel, come to my secret lair and I'll give you my gun" *wink wink*

No thanks, Dead Space guy. But I go with him anyway and learn a whole @#$%-ton more about crafting. I learned some pretty sweet @#$% from this guy. So I get sucked off by a bunch of zombie @#$%in' ostriches and start selling drugs to monkeys for mystic sigils.

I finally get a little creeped out by Dead Space guy and split to go find my crippled BFF. He's aight, just kickin' it on another island. Then there are these planes and a 9/11 conspiracy and little girls and a fishing sidequest. I @#$%in' love fishing sidequests.

TL:DR

4 islands of increasing size
cramped but great inventory / crafting
loads of zombies but it doesn't seem tedious
probably fun online
lots of opportunities to min/max
linear gameplay w/ sidequests

My only beef with this game is that you walk too @#$%in' slow.

8/10
Posted: October 13
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
I enjoyed this. It's an isometric survival shooter with a crafting system.
Only complaint is that it's a bit short, maybe 20 or so hours depending on how you play. There's multiplayer support and challenges to extend playability.
Posted: October 7
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Really enjoyed this game, great for a time killer.
Posted: October 12
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
lovin it! simple. easy to pick up, easy to put down. twin stick shooter + dungeon crawler grind fest. got it on sale today, worth it so far.
Posted: October 12
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
A new survival experience
Posted: October 10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
walked to the sea and got stuck 11/10
Posted: October 13
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
pie
Posted: October 18
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.0 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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7 of 11 people (64%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Good game, with humor and logic. I would say its a good game to play with or without friends. Graphics, quests and choices. a different game to play this season.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Great local coop. Had a lot of fun.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
lo miraba como otro survival , lo es , pero es innovativo HAHAH
Posted: October 14
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