“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.
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Very Positive (446 reviews) - 88% of the 446 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (12,402 reviews) - 83% of the 12,402 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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


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April 7

HTS2 - Twitch Integration, Elite Quests & New NPC/Zombies

Hello Survivors!

We have made quite a few changes to How to Survive 2 since we last spoke! I am stopping by with a few key points to tempt you to try out our newest game in Early Access:

  • Female avatars
  • Boss mobs
  • Local Co-op AND Multiplayer together! Yes, together, up to 16 people can play at once.
  • Traps and defensive buildings
  • Night Crawlers
  • Elite quests
  • Kovac Challenges
  • New items & crafting recipes
  • New NPC and zombies
  • More areas to explore
  • Twitch Integration

For previous owners of the game there is a nice set of Primal Fear armor awaiting you in Kovac's bunker in your private chest!

Pick up a copy and join me in making the world safe once more!


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January 29

Local Coop is LIVE on How to Survive 2!


Hey Survivors!

I just wanted to let you know that we have released local coop in How to Survive 2! Below is a few tidbits to tempt you:

  • Up to 4 players can play in local Coop ! (in both offline and online camps)
  • HTS2 Aiming system removed - Aiming system works, now, like in HTS1
  • New recipes added: leather straps (player), super poultices and Medikits (Chemical lab)
  • A bottle of water can be found in Kovac's bunker, for the most thirsty of you
  • You can read the full patch notes here

Not only that, How to Survive 2 is on Steam sale for 30% off! (ends Sunday January 31, 2016)

And if that didn't get your attention, you will receive this awesome Winter Hat with your new purchase until the end of February. Not only will you be cute while slaughtering zombies, this hat has a nice blood resistant coating in case you get too close!


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“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

Special Offer

How to Survive 2 on Early Access is available now!
Also remember that if you own How to Survive 1 there is special gift waiting for you!


Survivor Loyalty Item: “Primal Fear” Armor Set.

If you are already a survivor who’s got How to Survive or How to Survive: Third Person Standalone on Steam, we welcome you back with a very special treat: the “Primal Fear” armor set!
A set of protective gear finely crafted out of the best bones and scrap metal that can be found in the dumpster. Made by master Survivalist Kovac himself, it promises to keep bites and scratches to a minimum while displaying a distinctive Swamp-chic style!
Join Early Access now, slip it on and knock’em dead!

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

    • 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
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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Very Positive (446 reviews)
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( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Very nice Survival game with nice crafting system and land to explore.

Grades: From 1-5 ( not satisfied at all 1 - 5 very satisfied).

Plot: 4
Graphics: 4
Gameplay: 5
Control: 5
Music: 4
Animations: 5
Environment: 4
Sounds/Dialogs: 4
Cinematic Videos: 4
Difficulty: 5
Average: 4.4
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( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
guess its not my type of game

i would suggest dead island instead of this tho
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Wow , the game is now awesome , from last time that I played !
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Ser Thomas of the Beard
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Not a bad little game this one, enjoyable for a while. As you'd come to expect from most zombie games, you've got to kill zombies. The stuff you can make tends to help but there's limits to those. The customizability of the game is also lacking but you ultimately get what you pay for. The gameplay itself is enjoyable, running through the game can be a challenge and that too, is enjoyable, when it comes to zombie slaughtering pastimes. Regardless of the drawbacks, I don't mind having this in my steam library.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game is full of Kovac's Rules!
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( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The first many hours of this game is great, fun and challenging, especially if you have a friend, but the last few hours turn in to an exercise in fustration, you can literelly feel, how the game was rushed to meet a deadline, this is such a shame, as it completely ruins the entire experience, I was lucky to get the game at a HUGE discount, I would NEVER recommend ANYONE to get it at full retail price.
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( 30.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Very intertaining!
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( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
great game,must play guys
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( 24.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Just finished co-op play through with my son. This is a great co-op game. Awesome zombie killing inventory management stuff.
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( 36.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This is a great game i finished it co-op with my dad and it was a very cool game :) The hardest part was when we killed the big dude at the end. Great game great game 10/10. cant wait for How To Survive 2 :)
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( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I diededededededededededededededed
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( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
noting like kill zombies whit friends and family
who can't not love beating in some brains whit home made wepons
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( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Very positive co-op experience!
Had lots of fun.
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( 31.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Great and funny game
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( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Have your browser open because you are probably going to have to google where to find ♥♥♥♥
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( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
No "meh" option. So I'll just say get it while it's on sale. It's interesting, sure, but not THAT interesting for me to want to pay full price on it.

Now for the real review

It's a fun game at first look, it looks very survival-like and engaging and the combat looks fun (at first)
So to say, the game is fun for a short while and then it's just the same thing over and over. They try to add new zombies (I.E. zombies with bullet proof helmets and jackets) but it mostly makes the combat more annoying.

Getting food, water, and sleep is not really an interesting factor, at least at the speed it drains. You'll find yourself hunting for a bunker plus food to eat and water to drink more often then you'll actually be progressing. Which leads me to the most important point

THERE IS NO BUILDING. I was very dissapointed to find that out. You cannot build anything, so if you want to sleep you have to find a bunker with a bed in it. And when you open said bunker, an alarm goes off and it calls a huge horde of zombies that most likely have helmets and jackets, which makes it no fun.

Why am I still rating it recomended? Because it was still fun in the beginning. It was worth the two dollars I paid, but I'd never recomend this at full price.

If you DO get the game, get it with friends.
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( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
It doesn't seem to want to work after a fresh install but it was good on console,i hope this gets fixed but until then don't waste your money
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( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This game sucks, the sounds are anoyng, and I thought there will be something more in it....
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
There is plenty of truth to what people are saying about the story mode / vanilla game being incredibly dry, fetch quest ridden, and poorly designed both from a character growth and survival mechanics standpoint; as well as the complaints about buggy online mode and the general lack of difficulty.


The Challenge and One Shot Escape modes are fair challenging and reasonably engaging, and imo make better use of the survival mechanics.

My advice is not to get the vanilla game and to go for the DLC package when it's on sale and enjoy a some play time with a roomie or significant other (basically someone that you see every day that you can just like, casually pick up and play games with) and to not take the game too seriously.

Must-play if you like quirky, stupid, and broken games.
The ragdoll physic glitches will have you in stitches ~
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10

+Interesting crafting system
+Funny Dialog
+Comical Tutorial
+Local and online co-op
+Nice, but simple looking top down graphics
+Kovac (NPC)


-Skill tree bland
-Semi-Linear gameplay
-Extremely limited inventory

You have ship wrecked and when you awake you find yourself surrounded by zombies and you quickly pick up a stick and the carnage begins.

How To Survive is a twin stick shooter of sorts with survival elements thrown into the mix. The survival aspects in this are like you'd expect. You will need to find and drink water, find shelter (and rid zombies of it) to sleep and kill the local wildlife to eat their meat so you don't starve to death. You can even make fishing rods to fish as well.

There is a crafting system and it was somewhat unique and fun in my opinion. You gather up resources you find throughout the island(s) and you can craft things like axes, bows, body armor, guns and explosive devices. You will also be finding plants scattered about and you can combine them and make healing items.

Herbalism ranges from making healing items, tonics for shields, better aiming and so forth. For the most part all I ever used were the healing items. Making shields and what not only lasted you 15-30 secs and it's gone. There wasn't much threat throughout the game unless you neglected to upgrade your weapons.

Threats on these islands range from your normal zombies to zombies in full tactical gear to giant Resident Evil Nemesis creatures. Even the wildlife can turn and cause more problems than the zombies do. Zombie deer? You bet'cha! If you happen to die you end up leaving a tombstone on the ground. There's nothing for you to retrieve, but once your friends log in they can see where you've parished. I saw plenty of people I recognize dead all over the place.

There is a story throughout your adventure and your goal is to get off the island. There are other people stranded which act as quest givers. Quests are mostly just fetching items or off to see your next NPC that always comes with funny dialog.

The DLC consists of challenge modes, the barricade mode and an extra story line that takes place on El Diablo Islands. The challenge modes are just that. Complete certain game functions without dying and nothing in your inventory. Barricade mode is you build a base and keep the zombies out of the base to protect a wounded friend. You run around and pick up wood and make "barricades".

The base games story mode took me around 14 hours to beat and El Diablo Islands takes 3-4 more hours. Max level is 15 and you can respec the skill tree 4 times. The full game runs around $20 (including all DLC), but can often be picked up for $2 on sale. Well worth it if the above seemed interesting to you. Fans of this game asked the devs to make a 3rd person view and there is one availabe. So, if you'd prefer to play this 3rd person over top down then check that one out instead. It's the same game just different perspective.

It's a great time and it was great fun. Always looked forward to finding my next blue print so I could upgrade my gear. Recommended!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
So, I played 3 hours of this.

It is a nice game. I bought it in sale for 2.19 the whole pack which was worth 21.99.
I think I got more then what I payed for. 2 first hours I discovered the game. Good mechanics. The fights are interresting. One of the best part for me is the "crafting side" and as I've not even been through more than two hours, I guess it is gonna be even better.
The third hour, I decided to start again now that I understood the basics of the game. This hapens in most action/RPG

I've only played solo. I gotta say, I'm playing on easiest difficulty and it is still somewhat difficult. The first boss killed me twice before I butchered him.

I intend to play online, but for now, I'm pretty pleased with the games.

To rectify, I payed 2.19 for this(Full content with DLC). I haven't even tried the two other game modes that comes with it (Challenge and Barricade, I believe) For that price, I recommend it to anyone.

For the full price, I would make no recommendation, still need to try it more.
But if you like a good Hack'n'slash thrown more into survival/crafting than adventure/action, it may be for you.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
How to Survive has a little crafting in it, a little bit of RPG elements, and the story is entertaining.

Crafting and scavanging while surviving as the only survivor of a shipwreck on an island crawling with not just the undead, but also other survivors and wild life is quite fun.

You actually have to make sure you stay well fed and hydrated while also sleeping for a few hours every now and then, otherwise you will end up with little to no energy while fighting the zombies and that means less damage is dealt. Also, there are slightly more horrific zombies that only come out at night, but these are thankfully very sensitive to light so if you have a torch or flashlight, you will be able to keep them as far away from you as possible.

Of course, you are able to craft your very own weapons and armor from the stuff you can find around the islands and these makeshift items will provide a much needed edge in your struggle to survive and maybe even escape these crazy islands.

How to Survive is a great game and I highly recommend it.
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33 of 57 people (58%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I bought this game 2 hours ago because it was on a massive discount and the game has some pretty good reviews. I will try to write as honest and as unbiased as I can:

melee combat - boring
range combat - basically can't miss = bland

exploration - linear (therefore non existence)
crafting - combinations already set out and therefore you never really need to figure things out
quests - typical "fetch this" "go there" kind of missions
skill tree - very very dull

camera - weird camera angles and is unadjustable
graphics - actually pretty nice, i thought it was actually pretty well done
enemies - too easy, just hordes of the same zombies, nighttime creatures are a joke! (it would be more tense if flashlights and torches could run out of batteries/fuel)

overall, i'm requesting a steam refund. this isn't really an exploration, survival game at all. its a hack 'n slash, platforming-like game.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Great game to initiate your gf to video games. Played in local co-op. Had both a lot of fun.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Bought the game on sale for a 1.49. I cant be any more happier with my purchase. Game is a steal at that price! Love the mechanics and simplicity of crafting. Story mode is not bad. Overall pretty fun game at a next to nothing price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Perfect Survival Game :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Wow , the game is now awesome , from last time that I played !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I enjoy playing it.. worth every penny especially with this discount price :D my advise play with consol..enjoyyy :P
+zombie fun
+zombie love
+zombie life
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Good game, my friend, good game!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Cant move the camera.
Skill tree a bit boring.


Fawking awesome story.
Creativity in the game.
Underrated graphics.
The weather is just amazing.
Awesome plot twists.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
How to survive… (and die a few 100 times), but that’s ok Kovac knows best!! This game is pure amaze ballz. I’m not into the Multiplayer zombie games were its PVE and PVP were I have to have annoying other players kill me off. This is a pure multiplayer (even though it’s just u and one friend) PVE survival shenanigans.

Firstly, although the game may be fun as hell, and it is, I personally had a few bothersome problems that for me alas made the game a not 100% pure epic game; it still became a 98% pure epic game. Problem Uno was the inventory space and no chests in the safe houses. This is a personal opinion as I felt the inventory space (after upgrading it twice) still didn’t cut it for me, possibly I’m a crap survivor but was always frustrated in what to keep and kept chucking things and then having to look for them in each safe house that were thrown on the floor alone the way or in one pile. So a sort of Storage chest or more bags on us would have been nice. Problem duo I felt the Story mode was a bit too short I really wanted more and would have liked more quests and more of a longer story in general (even with the DLC as I have em all) I still wanted more to taste.

Lastly and less moany the game is really fun all I’ve played so far was the Story mode, twice as well as collecting everything, so I really still have a lot to tap into this game. With the many DLCs that were cheaper with the game all together in the amazing sale there is still a massive amount of game 4 more different challenges that I still haven’t tried yet. The crafting in the game was just mind-blowing the amount of detail and simplicity they put to make crafting enjoyable as well as was so deep and rich that I simply couldn’t craft everything. The weapons are all mostly different and very fun in their own way (boomerangs are the best!!!) as well as the interesting ways of staying alive with cooking cool foods, drinking interesting drinks and making powerful potions to give u that slight boost in the most impossible situations. Oh and don’t forget the beautiful explosions and Molotov’s.
Defiantly strongly recommend this game and will defiantly be getting How to survive 2!!! 10/10!!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Jogo ótimo, pena que pela perspectiva só serve pra jogar singleplayer pois a câmera do jogo atrapalha muito a jogabilidade entre os modos co-op que a câmera fica entre os dois personagens ao invés de ser individual para cada personagem isso atrapalha muito a movimentação quando vem uma horda de zumbis, mas o jogo é bastante criativo estilo state of decay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Don't know how to play

11/10 must buy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
After seeing the trailer for the second game in disc. queue, and this one appearing on sale, I didn't hesitate.
This game has been out for years now, but it felt pretty refreshing to play this, with all modern games.
I've spent so much time already on such short time, it speaks for itself.

Worth the purchase!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Pretty and smooth the only problem on this game is when the start of the game you can't easily kill any zombies that surround you because you don't have any weapon and also the stamina you might use when running drain fast although you step 2 blocks ahead
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