“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 (4,735 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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

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

Buy How to Survive - Storm Warning Edition

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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"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
16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
God I play a lot of zombie games... I wonder what the new "zombie" will be and how long it will take to get here? Oh well, I shouldn't let that get in the way of telling you about How to Survive! HtS is actually a very enjoyable little game, kind of like Zombie Driver, Alien Breed and Diablo II ran a train on Krater. I can't put my finger on it, but it really did feel like I had played HtS before, and to me that's a really good sign that a game is made properly (at least to my liking, anyway). I found it challenging, but not so much that I wanted to go Super Saiyan on my screen, and was genuinely interested by the plot twists and creative story. I found this surprising because HtS, at first glance, looks like your run-of-the-mill horde grinder, but upon closer inspection I found it to be much more.
The crafting system is elaborate enough yet easy to understand, that it is not only enjoyable, but essential to the gameplay. The environments are colourful enought that you don't feel like you've been sating at ants scurrying across tea-stained paper for hours, though a little more variation like cave systems would have added a bit of contrast. Everything worked, no bugs, no pulling my hair out looking for fixes or walkthroughs, and the in-game tutorials on how things work were humorously done, adding an element of comedy that you don't often see in survival games.
If you're beween AAA titles and you're looking for something casual to break it up a bit, How to Survive has to be one of the best little games I've played in a long time. Fun, interesting, satisfying.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Survived many fierce battles against zombie hordes. Got killed by a random boar while trying to get a drink from a well.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Diablo 2 meets Fallout meets DayZ.

The result is a fantastic coop experience!

1) Gameplay
Well, it's rather classical. Using either a mouse + keyboard combination or a gamepad, you're hitting / slashing / shooting zombies. It works just fine with both, and you can switch to an axe with a simple press if you're getting swarmed with your bow. Obviously the game is an hack'n'slash with zombies so you can expect all its traditional elements: special zombies and bosses. How To Survive also features a neat craft system, so you can gather as much crap as possible in order to make the weapon of your dreams. One issue with that though, the inventory tends to be full most of the time since it's so small. As for the survival, you can hunt, gather plants or fruits, water, then cook it all before heading to bed.

2) Story
You're a survivor, so you meet other survivors who just happen to want the same thing as you: survive in order to escape the zombie outbreak. Though the game is rather humorous, guess we'd all turn out crazy if zombies started to invade the streets.

3) Graphics
Nothing much to say. The game looks nicey with "realistic" graphics, which somehow manages to feel refreshing. Hooray, no pixel shading!

4) Coop
It's as good as the singleplayer: there are more enemies and they tend to hit harder since you're two. Yes. Two. That is a bit disappointing, but at least they did it right. Well, almost. Both players have to stay in the same "screen" in order to progress, so don't expect to finish a quest while your partner is farming xp.

5) Conclusion: I picked it up for almost nothing and didn't actually expect the game to be that good, def one of the most pleasing hack'n'slash and coop game I tried. The survival elements and the crafting system tend to spice up the gameplay, which is just what the genre needed to last longer. I'd love it even more if the game was a little longer though... 8/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fun game, worth the buy if its on sale. You can get your monies worth.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I have to say great game.. Alot of fun..Worth the price... Three words for you if you looking at this game and are like MEH... Just buy it!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Another zombie game! I like this game for a variety of reasons. I like the storyline its clear enough that you can follow it without making you feel forced down a path.

The game has the usual zombie killing but also the added bonus of when you find a shelter you first have to go through a zombie killing spree before you can actually be safe, definitely enjoyed this aspect of the game.

The tips are a bit annoying imo, and I would rather just read them myself then have what became the "annoying guy" talking to me, but I just skipped past them so they were not a big deal.

With a range of weapons and crafting with a few different locations thrown in this is a good fun game to pass time playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I haven't played much of it, but i usually don't like these types of games. But i do have to say, this is one of the most entertaining games in quite while. So buy it while you can!

P.S. "2 Players, 2x the fun!''
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
awesome game for that price...a lot of crafting, exploring new places and playing bonus missions...great gameplay...fun with friends too!!

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
very good and rich game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This is a great survival game. Fun , easy to pick up and put down. The only thing I was not pleased with was how long it took me before I bought it on the steams.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
<Still doesnt know how to survive

Very fun and addictive game! :D 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Nice game! Good jokes and like local coop!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Great Zombie game, fun, semi-complex crafting system with a "basic needs" simple management.
If you like zombie games, rpgs and exploring...this game is for you.
6.8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is a very cool survival horror game, the game history is very nice, enhanced crafting and with many diferent types, worht my money on this game. Tip: as the game says, play with a friend wich makes it funnier playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A pretty cool game, enormous and adicting crafting system, can be a bit scary at night when you´ve got just a tiny source of light and some things are sneaking up behind you.
All in all very good and not mainstream.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
this is a really good game because i like zombie killing games and hunger and thirst kinds of survival games
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is a very cool game. First i thought it isn't that good and gave it a try and now i won't stop playing anymore :D Especially the barricade-mode is my favorite ^.^
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
The best zombie survival I have ever played!
It's awesome how you can create your own armor and all kinds of weapons.
This game is also very realistic. For example you need to eat, drink, sleep etc. to survive.
The story is also very good and the game is also really funny! I just love Kovac's Rules :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Im not usually a huge fan of the massive influx of zombie games, but this one is definitely unique and refreshing, not only for the zombie game linup but for games in general. Its action packed, quirky, and a riot with friends. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I was originally quite interested in this game until I saw the low Metacritic score, which I am EXTREMELY glad I overlooked, because this is now one of my favourite games. I just wish I had ignored the low score earlier. METACRITIC IS WRONG.

I am seriously amazed that the Metacritic score is currently sitting at 60%, I would definitely put this game at a 90+%.

Basically I was looking for a game that I could play Local Co-Op with my girfriend, and this game does not disappoint, her and I love it. She is not an avid gamer either and it is not easy to get her into a game.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone looking for a great Local Co-Op experience.

As you can probably see from this review, I don't typically do this, but I felt compelled to give this game the respect it deserves. IT IS AWESOME.

I want to write more, but it's late and I have to go play How to Survive instead of studying for my exam tomorrow morning.

So I guess the main issue I have with this game is that it's ruining my grades at school and keeping me up until all hours of the morning.

If you have somehow managed to read to this point, STOP WASTING TIME AND BUY THE FRIGGING GAME ALREADY.
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