“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 (10,510 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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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

    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
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 43 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
How to Survive is one of the Best Survival games I have played so far [24/3/2015]. It is about surviving [Duh] and finding many ways to Escape off the Island/Place that you are at. You can either play online, offline [local co op] and co op with a friend [counted as online].
There are alot of weapons you can design and make, to fight your way through. There are zombies that are weak, boomers and Mutant Giant zombies that have like zillion health.
You can meet survivors all across the map, and they are asking for your assistance.

This is a very fun game, I recommend and really consider you to buy it.

Rate: 10/10
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
-Quick Review-
Atratzu's Rules: Chapter 1, this game is excellent.
How to Survive is a zombie-survival game developed by EKO Software and released October 2013.


-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: As with any “zombie apocalypse story” there's only so much you can deviate from the status quo. You wake up after a shipwreck, find you're on an island with zombies, need to go do a number of fetch quests while all the wimps hide and you bring the carnage!

Gameplay: This is where the game impressed me, but before I jump the gun and explain what I like... the controls are very basic, use mouse buttons to aim and fire/swing, ASDW to move, the game is played from the third person fixed above view camera.
(Atratzu did some research and learned that this view is known as “Isometric view”. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's the term you're supposed to use. Isometric-fixed-camera?)
Now to explain the fun part, like most survival games these days, How to Survive has a “Crafting system”. I'm a sucker for crafting, I feel like it gives me one of the strongest sense of progression...But I'm also biased and desensitized to it (translation: if you don't like crafting, don't touch this game). You need to scavenge various materials to make weapons, tools, and food. There are different types of herbs, sticks, animals, various junk items that become useful later, and more.
The other main feature I would like to point out is the “leveling system”, mostly everyone is familiar with this concept by now, in this game when you level, you get skill points that you can spend to get different perks and abilities.

Achievements: How to Survive has a total of 43 achievements. There are four categories: 1) Completed while playing through the game on you first play through (about 7-12+ achievements, depends on how thorough you are when you play). 2) Complete these special abilities/conditions. 3) Difficulty related achievements... These are always the roughest achievements to get in the game because it requires Mastery and stubborn determination. 4) Lastly, there are DLC achievements so if you want to go for 100%, you'll need the DLC (about 6 achievements).

Price: How to survive is priced at $14.99 This game will definitely earn it's value from gameplay, My personal preference is that I always want a game to last one hour for every dollar. If you'd like a better deal I recommend waiting for a steam sale; be it summer or winter.
I also need to mention that I didn't actually buy this game, it was gifted to me by Eyriana (other names: “Decimaeya” and “Unreal”), so thank you for the gift!

Conclusion: There is one more feature that should be mentioned before I wrap up my review; there is multiplier and local co-op, but I haven't played those modes yet.
To quickly recap, the story was stereotypical, the gameplay was crafting + looting * Zombies, the Achievements are generally hard earned + DLC, and the price is fair because of how long you'll play the game.
I recommend this game to anyone who likes the following genres: Zombie, Survival, Crafting. Thanks for reading my review!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
pros
  • Great game for local coop
  • Nice gameplay
  • Nice graphic and sound design
  • It often goes on sale @90% (for ~1€) it's REALLY worth it
  • Kovac's tutorial (well you must play to know what I mean)

cons
  • How to DLC (imho it's not really worth to buy them, I bought the Storm Warning Edition during sale for a few cents extra)
  • Apparently while player2 (joypad) is moving, player1 (keyboard) can't use the menu
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
my 2nd review!!

this game is a GOOD game, not GREAT but GOOD
i give it about 7/10

but that doesnt mean it's bad, it's actually fun game
the ony thing i hate is
1. save should be reworked (not just when accpeting mission or save manually in shelter)
2. nonexistent inventory, this is a game about crafting and looting. why is there no inventory. i had to drop ALL my collected item in single space just to make a makeshif inventory (i dont like losing item)
3. WAY TOO MANY enemies, in case nobody notice, this game called How 2 Survive, not How 2 Kill everything you see. it's more of a hassle rather than challenging to constantly meet enemies and kill them agan, bactrack also find more enemies, sigh. respawn are also a pain though, just when i kill all, they just suddenly here again
some might say about it's already good as it is, it's better this way but not in my case (ive played 29 hour because i had to kill too many to count and i do bactrack alot).
it's not hard, but really annoying

i did finish both campaign (main and DLC) with kovac way, and no3 is the worst continued by no 2
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
120.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
After so many hours of playing this game I can only recommend buying this when on sale or if you have some extra money you want to spend and have good friends on skype or teamspeak to play this with.
It really is fun and all but some bugs can be pretty annoying for some people. Achievement bugs, two cursors, zombie bugs, item bugs etc. Look into the forums to see what I mean. But their are also a few game breaking bugs which make you restart (Sanchez Packages not stocking).

Anyway I break it down to this

Pros:
- lovely mixture of survival, zombies and crafting
- the koop is the best way to play this!
- El Diablo, Barrikade are lovely additions to this game even tho I prefer El Diablo over the other because new island, new items, new extra storyline
- different zombie types
- lots of BOOOOM
- looting and collecting while abusing the A Button... just give me all the stuff
- crafting all kinds of different weapons and figuring out what does what
- Bumerang <- best weapon ever followed by burning stick
- different characters with different abilities and weaknesses
- animals, plants the whole environment looks lovely but the fog is a pain in the butt
- KOVAC! this ♥♥♥♥ing character has a lovely voice actor and beats everyone else. His guides and rules are also pretty fun.



Cons:
- The game contains some game breaking bugs which can't be fixed and need you to restart from the beginning.
- bugs, funny bugs, helpfull bugs but yes some bugs like standing zombies, stillwalking when dead zombies, stuck zombies
- some pretty much unbeatable achievements
- weird target system

As I said, if it wouldnt be fun I wouldnt have played it for almost 75hours by now.
If you love killing thousands of zombies with axe, bow, gun or just a ♥♥♥♥ing stick, collecting items, solving quests, looting and crafting, you cant do anything wrong with this game.
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