“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 (12,007 reviews) - 83% of the 12,007 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy How to Survive

Packages that include this game

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


Recent updates View all (23)

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!


1 comments Read more

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!


5 comments Read more


“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 70% Off 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? [/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
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Personal Rating: I'm having fun killing zombies and running for my life
Classic Rating: ★★★★★


✓ Story and characters (main game has 3 but you can add Nina with a DLC): You have to escape alive from some zombies' infested Islands. Every character has their onw skills, perks and final attack blows.
✓ Gameplay: very well implemented twin stick shooter from a top-down perspective.
✓ Crafting system: one of the best aspect of this game, you get many different ways to craft items, stuff and food.
✓ Weapons: lots of weapons. My favourites are bow and boomerang - you can fire feathered and fire arrows with the bow, while the boomerang is very useful with a few enemies (it hits when coming back too and you don't waste "bullets").
✓ Graphics: I find this game to be very detailed and aestetically pleasant.
✓ Sound effects are a bit reapeating over the time but they help a lot to understand incoming enemies.


✘ Lots of quests require you to go searching for some missing "part" and go back once you get it - I'm not really complaining though.
✘ It's a bit hard to find items scattered on the ground if you don't walk over them (that's how a popup appears and tells you what you found).
✘ Saves are a bit tricky because you only get one slot, so you have to be very careful - if you save in a bad moment you may compromise all the campaign. Also, you can only save manually inside bunkers, but this point adds up to the survival theme.

Highly Recommended; sold quite often in massive discounts, just wait for the right moment.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
How to Survive... Hmmm. This game has much to be said. JOIN ME BELOW *swooooosh*

- Nice graphics (doesn't require a beast computer)
- Cool finishing moves when killing zombies
- Really nice crafting system (simple yet complex)
- Good sounds (althought it could use some different zombie sounds)
- Nice camera view ("in the sky" view like league of legends, dota, etc.)
- LOCAL MULTIPLAYER (me and my bro have played this since I've gotten it. Many fun memories made!)
- Cool survival (has hunger, thirst, tiredness and health)
- Amazing and challenging enemies (A GIANT CHARGER LIKE THING AND A FAT SANTA)
- It actually has a story mode

- Add more characters (there are only 3 as of right now without DLC [5 with DLC])
- More long range weapons (maybe add a crossbow or something like that)
Those are literally all of the cons I could think of... I've sat here for at least 3 minutes thinking about what I've experienced so far.

I got this game for LITERALLY $1.49. Deal of the year if you ask me. I think it's worth $15 as long as you have controllers and friends to play with ya.
- I love this game. It is a fun and unique game that makes many fun and enjoyable memories. WELL DONE, DEVS. JUST ADD MORE CHARACTERS AND KEEP THE UPDATES COMING!!



Thanks for reading my review!! It means a lot. If you found it helpful then let me know!! Adios amigos (idk what that means i dont speak spanish)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Game runs smoothly, I didn't encounter any bugs and after you're done with story mode (I obviously am not), you can try to play in local co-op, co-op and multiplayer. There are several modes included and hardcore difficulty will make you cry (even normal one has its tough moments). Incredibly deep crafting system makes you craft something completely useless and this is the first time I saw something like this in any kind of crafting games.

How To Survive is an indie gem that looks cheap, feels cheap and plays lovely. Basically, this is one of those games you've dared to love before huge web portals and trend-fueled magazines told you it's not OK to love these kind of games because of I don't know what reason.

I recomend to all my friends...so get it now and embrace the zombie survival :D hooooooooooo yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaa
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I had a fun time with How to Survive up until the final battle. Then I had to rage quit about 10 times before I finally lived through it.

-The narrative by Kovac keeps the mood fun and entertaining.
-There are a cool variety of monster types and weapons to build.
-The crafting system isn't overly burdensome although the few number of inventory slots made it a chore at times.
-I found the aiming to be a little inconsistent with a controller, especially for the boomerang which happened to be my favorite weapon.
-The story does end up to be a lot of fetch questing, which gets old fast.

Fun? Yes. Does it make me want to buy the sequel? No.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I can kill my annoying friend by "accident".
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny