“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 (9,811 reviews)
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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"How to Survive, is a Fun top down zombie survival game. Totally worth the money if you are looking at a single player game, it also has shared co-op."

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June 15

How to Survive - Feedback Survey 2015

Dear community,

We would like to gather feedback from you to better plan our future developements after the release of How to Survive: Third Person Standalone.
We have updated the feedback survey. We'd appreciate if you took a few minutes to fill it https://www.research.net/r/FZWWMDV


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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

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If you own or purchase How to Survive until July 9th you can also pre-purchase How to Survive: Third Person Standalone with a 70% off discount.
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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? [/b]

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
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
224 of 310 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I get the impression that I don't understand How to Survive. The number of legitimate looking positive reviews indicates that whilst others have enjoyed the game I haven't.

The survival element from which the game takes it's name seems tacked on with little effect on game-play. In the hours I've played I've never come close to starving or dehydrating. A little message pops up telling you that you're becoming thirsty or hungry and that's solved by drinking or eating one of the many things in your inventory.

There are wells and bottles and canisters everywhere; I've haven't felt any tension or had to go on an epic quest to find water. There are also edible plants everywhere so whilst meat might not always be on the menu starving is not going to happen.

Sleeping is ... strange. There's no building or reinforcing shelters and no bedrolls or similar. There is one special shack per island that has a closeable door. That's the only place where you can sleep. If you're 51% tired you can't sleep but if you're 49% tired than you must. There's no wait command so sleeping through the night won't happen unless leave your character to get tired.

As survival games go there's no real element of survival in 'How to Survive'. Fallout 3 with Primary Needs or State of Decay will give you a much better experience.

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88 of 119 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
TL;DR - This game is boring and repetitive, but a couple of the DLCs will make the game a lot more fun. The Kovac's Way DLC is a MUST HAVE! Without this, the base game is trash. If the difficulty is too hard for you, get Hello my name is... Nina. DLC, her skills make the hardest difficulty more manageable. El Diablo Islands DLC will adds a lot more content if you liked the base game.

DISCLAIMER: I bought all the DLCs, and all my playthru and review is based on my experience of having all the DLCs activated.

WARNING when buying DLCs, the Heat Wave DLC - x 3 pack is the same as Heat Wave DLC - Kenji's pack, Heat Wave DLC - Abby's pack and Heat Wave DLC - Jack's pack combined! DO NOT REPEAT PURCHASE!

The game is quite interesting at first, but it gets boring and repetitive very soon. The game consists of fetch quests from start to finish. While fetching items, you got to take care of your other needs other than health.

During the early game, you might need to spend some time gathering food and resources, but once you venture into 2nd island, food water and sleep are just things that take up some of your limited inventory space. And if you are playing solo, inventory space is VERY LIMITED! I play co-op with my friend, and yet we are still struggling on holding all the quest items and crafting ingredients.

Crafting might seem complicated at first, but in fact there are only a handful of recipes to do.

Playing co-op have their pros and cons.
- Co-op have a very lousy camera. Both players share the same camera, therefore when both players wander too far away from each other, off-screen zombies become very dangerous.
- The connection is quite crappy, it will de-sync every couple of minutes, ruining a lot of fun. Also, the desync will cause the joining player to take a lot of damage sometimes.
- Quest rewards will only be given to the host player, so if the reward is a good gun, only one of you will get to use it.
- Food and drinks must be shared.
+ You have double the inventory slot.
+ You have double the health, so when one is dead the other can try to survive and revive the dead player without having to reload checkpoint.

The other game modes are a waste of time.

If you collect 100% achievements, you will need Kovac's Way DLC, Barricade! DLC, One Shot Escape DLC, and El Diablo Islands. You will also need a lot of patience and luck.
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97 of 141 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
+ Crisp, minimalist UI
+ Excellent tutorial; fun, interactive, and does a good job of displaying some of the charm of the title
+ Voice-acting was of about average quality
+ Minimap is functional and easy to read; objectives and points of interest are clearly marked and hard to miss
+ Very detailed environment; the design and amount of inclusion is meticulous
+ Foraging is wonderfully implemented; by doing away with bold POI markers in the overworld, you find yourself constantly searching for familiar leaves, shapes, etc.
+ Except for a few small qualms I had with the crafting system (noted below), it is largely excellent; there are a refreshingly large variety of combinations
+ You have the option to 'uncombine' items that you've crafted, thus freeing up the materials for re-use; this little quality of life feature is incredibly useful, and I feel that many crafting systems throughout the gaming world would have benefitted from it
+ An appropriately moderate variety in creatures
+ Some crafting recipes are only available for certain characters, thus increasing incentive to replay
+ Exploration is both rewarding, and very much encouraged throughout the title
+ The story did a suberb job of managing to not take itself too seriously, without falling into the classic pitfall of being cringey and annoying
+ While the hunger and thirst meters fit well into the game, it was the fatigue meter that really stood out as a breath of fresh air; this added a bit more challenge and a greater feeling of urgency to the game
+ Hunting was very fun and challenging; tracking wild game through a monster-infested island could be quite the rewarding challenge
+ Nighttime operations were very well-handled, in that a setting sun very much puts you on edge if you're out in the open and far from a campfire
+ Melee combat was solid and satisfying

- Zombies are largely generic copies of only a handful of models
- During daytime, inventory is slightly too transparent; this results in a fair bit of squinting, but wasn't an experience-killer
- You cannot craft stacks of items
- Aiming (I used mouse and keyboard), while for the most part excellently designed, could occasionally prove frustrating and unreliable; picking specific targets out of an oncoming horde (something you will NEED to do) is difficult when you're cursor is constantly jumping between several front-rank targets
- Could have benefitted from a larger, more comprehensive skill tree

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142 of 219 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I tried to get into this game and like it, but the myriad of negatives overshadowed the few positives in the game. More often than not, I felt like I was fighting the clunky movement, mechanics and horribly designed UI more than I was the zombies. Not even the saving grace of co-op could make the horrid combat worth my time.

I've been told once the game pacing picks up and you begin gearing up the game becomes more bearable, but I'm not one to slog through several hours of bad gameplay to do so.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Sometimes my biggest fear is that I will end alone...

I don't mean alone because I'm not able to find the love of my life
I don't mean alone because all my friends will leave me
I don't mean alone because there will be no more ingredients to make a nice carbonara again

I mean that I will woke up, I will do my things, I will go out and I will find the total absolute nothing.
And the moment when, with all my fears coming true, I will go round the corner...suddenly...the light...

A russian guy that will approach me and he will tell me "No worry my friend...I will teach you how to survive"....

Because this is what will happen in this game

You was planning to spend your summer on a small lonely island full of amazing wonderful girls (if you are a boy) / boys (if you are a girl) / sheeps (if you...well...nevermind) but suddenly a huge octopus will push your ship to hit some rocks and you will end into the luna park of zombies.

But the thing that will really creep you out is not the fact that every step you will do there will be a group of zombies trying to eat you...is the fact that you will find a russian...A SOBER RUSSIAN.
That is a thing that you should really be scared...in fact even the zombies tries to avoid him...remember...if you get bitten by a zombie you become a zombie...if you get bitten or bite a russian...you become a russian.

But apart for this...this is a really really really really underrated game.
Yes I know you will say "IT WAS REALLY CHEAP SO IT IS CRAP!"...no it isn't. Developers put a lot of passion inside this game and you can clearly see that after the last patches.
The game itself is not only improved but they have added some quite good stuff...from weapons to game modes to achievements...all stuff that will make this game more enjoyable day after day.

The gameplay is quite simple and original. It is a mix between a crafting game a survival horror and a RPG.
Crafting because all your weapons, armour, ammo and so on...needs to be crafted.
Survival because you will need to eat, sleep, drink etc...
RPG because you will have a series of skills that you will learn level after level (the stats are automatically leveled up)

The graphic is quite good and there are some interesting effects (rain, fog where you will literally see nothing, lightings etc..).
The main story itself it is quite short yes but all the side quests and the nice number of possibilities about how to deal with some situations will make the game going for a while. Even the new different game modes are a huge plus (survival mode, escape mode or barricade mode...and even a series of challenges with some objectives).

There are even several types of zombies...some of those only appears during night....and so be advised...only predators live at night...

Very nice thing is that you can make all this thing alone or co-op. And we all know that with a friend everything is better.

What else can I say? Do you have few coins to spend for a game that is original and will give you several quite good hours of fun alone but even more hours of fun with friends? Buy this game.
Are you looking for a zombie RPG where you will have to spend 10.000 hours only for the tutorial? Well this is not the game for you then.

HTS is a simple but very fun and original game. If you find it on sale don't think about it, just get a couple of copies for you and your best gaming buddy and you will be not disappointed.

Graphic 7/10
Sounds 7/10
Gameplay 8/10
Longevity 7/10
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