It's one year after the collapse of civilization and self-centered hedge fund manager Joe Wheeler emerges from his specially constructed bunker in search of food. This is a huge open-world RPG where you have the freedom to play how you want - but your choices have consequences.
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Mostly Positive (80 reviews) - 72% of the 80 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,085 reviews) - 82% of the 1,085 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 30, 2015

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July 7

Survivalist is now in French!

The new patch is now live! The main addition is a French translation, thanks to some dedicated community members: Raphaël and Jean-Charles!

It's also got a bunch of fixes to little bugs that I didn't want to leave in there, as I really hope it'll be the last patch - or at least the last major one, not including translations - so I can properly get on with making a sequel. But we'll see.

Here's the changelist:

  • Added French Translation!
  • Attempted to make notifications less intrusive (especially in multiplayer)
    Allow the player to reload sooner after they've fired (especially with sniper rifle)
  • Shadow map glitch fix
  • Fix for 'Don't Starve' awardment being given for empty communities or when player didn't do anything
  • Slightly decreased sensitivity of mouse when switching targets
  • Fix for ragdoll jitter when characters in pillboxes get shot
  • When a building containing gold gets destroyed it leaves the gold behind in rubble, so you can't fail the Money quest
  • Fix for panting and heartbeat not being affected by volume setting
  • RPG projectile sound fix
  • Fix dialog in Tom and Butch quest that didn't make sense if one of them started off dead
  • Give skill progress for repairing or demolishing buildings, planting crops, and watering plants at level 0
  • Make it possible to demolish buildings from defeated communities
  • Pause the music when minimised in Windows
  • Prevent co-op players from using cheats by default, enable it with an option
  • Fix for bug where someone with followers getting supplies could get into a state where they stand around doing nothing
  • Some fixes to combat AI
  • Some possible fixes for reported crashes

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July 2

New patch in Public Beta Branch - includes French Translation!

I've put a new patch in the "publicbeta" branch for testing - if I don't hear of any major problems I'll make it live in a few days. The main addition is a French translation, thanks to some dedicated community members: Raphaël and Jean-Charles!

It's also got a bunch of fixes to little bugs that I didn't want to leave in there, as I really hope it'll be the last patch - or at least the last major one, not including translations - so I can properly get on with making a sequel. But we'll see.

Here's the changelist:

  • Added French Translation!
  • Attempted to make notifications less intrusive (especially in multiplayer)
    Allow the player to reload sooner after they've fired (especially with sniper rifle)
  • Shadow map glitch fix
  • Fix for 'Don't Starve' awardment being given for empty communities or when player didn't do anything
  • Slightly decreased sensitivity of mouse when switching targets
  • Fix for ragdoll jitter when characters in pillboxes get shot
  • When a building containing gold gets destroyed it leaves the gold behind in rubble, so you can't fail the Money quest
  • Fix for panting and heartbeat not being affected by volume setting
  • RPG projectile sound fix
  • Fix dialog in Tom and Butch quest that didn't make sense if one of them started off dead
  • Give skill progress for repairing or demolishing buildings, planting crops, and watering plants at level 0
  • Make it possible to demolish buildings from defeated communities
  • Pause the music when minimised in Windows
  • Prevent co-op players from using cheats by default, enable it with an option
  • Fix for bug where someone with followers getting supplies could get into a state where they stand around doing nothing
  • Some fixes to combat AI
  • Some possible fixes for reported crashes

You can help test it by doing the following:
  • Right-click on Survivalist in your Steam library and click Properties
  • Go to the Betas tab
  • Select publicbeta on the drop-down where it asks you what beta you want to opt in to
  • You may need to restart Steam to get it to update
  • PLEASE NOTE: any savegames you make with this branch will not be compatible if you switch back to the main branch. So don't overwrite anything that's important to you! Also if you play online co-op, all players need to be on the same branch.
If you find any problems, please let me know! You can post a reply to this news post or email me or post in the forums.

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Reviews

“I have to say I love this game. It’s a robust game filled with moral and physical obstacles while giving a grand look on the narrative of humanity and the choices we make.”
5/5 – The Indie Mine

“Survivalist has been compared, the developer admits, to State of Decay (published by Microsoft Studios and built on CryEngine 3), but I actually found Survivalist far more engaging and playable from the outset.”
4.5/5 – Indie Game Reviewer

“Survivalist is one of the most impressive XBLIGs ever produced....Survivalist is an intense experience, one of the most content-packed, feature-rich games on the indie channel. It is not to be missed.”
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About This Game

It's one year after the collapse of civilization and self-centered hedge fund manager Joe Wheeler emerges from his specially constructed bunker in search of food. This is a huge open-world Role Playing Game where you have the freedom to play how you want - but your choices have consequences. Your aim is to find other survivors, gain their respect, and build a community. You'll scavenge for supplies, trade, plant crops, go on quests, face moral dilemmas, go to war, and uncover dark, terrible secrets!

  • Innovative dialog system with characters that remember your actions and form their opinion of you accordingly.
  • Combines Action-RPG and Real-Time Strategy elements - you can take control of, or issue commands to, any character that joins your community.
  • Fast zombies and challenging combat that requires you to make use of all resources available to survive!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10-capable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Uses the XNA Framework HiDef profile, which means it will run on any graphics card that is compatible with DirectX 10 or higher, and some but not all DirectX 9c ones. PLEASE NOTE: having a version of DirectX installed on your PC is not the same thing as having a graphics card that supports it! If in doubt play the demo.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10-capable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: A mouse with a mouse wheel on the middle button is recommended (or an XINPUT gamepad). If in doubt, play the demo!
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nemesis
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
The co-op mode is horrible, when ever you switch to another character ther is a high chance that your team totaly split appart, i thnik this is a bug and i am sad this happens to me. The game since nice but i took it to play with my friends ... and i can't.
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Human Shield
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Very cheap but does single player survival very well. It focuses on what other zombie survival games don't, managing a community. It feels like an RTS assigning units and having them do tasks and organzing building layouts. It doesn't waste time with crafting or hundreds of building interiors, you explore a town and kill infected and it is all marked on the map to assign people to ferry it back to your base.
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UmbraMortis
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Co-op does not work. The game is not intuitive. When joining a friend, it says you are in observer mode and can't do anything but watch the friend play. I would not waste any money on this game.
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FirelFox
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
My Personal Review

Good things
*The detail is kick a$_$ for the price you pay for it.

*The Sounds are good for the price you pay as well.

*Plain and simple its good for what you pay 4.99? i think so 5.00 dollars in plain words
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Bad parts
The Game its exciting at the start but after awhile the game gets very dull n boring shoot this guy shoot the zombie
go in building steal stuff run out.Thats pretty much it besides making a some what of a base which means placing some walls,a gate n power for water n some guns that you find around.

So from 1-10 i rate this game 5 as it could do sooo much better if they put more effort in to it.
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Kasiornis
( 62.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Little lovely piece of indie artwork.
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Minoble
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Awesome game. Simple and classic approach to the zombie-survival genre. Love it and would recommend this game to any person who likes survival and base-building games.
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keb
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
The game itself is quite boring. But, if you have a friend or two with you it is fun if you don't play the story. And even if you play that way it gets boring after an hour. The graphics are terrible. The storyline is poorly done. I'm really disappointed with this game. Don't buy it.
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BDistracted
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Awesome game! I freaking stole it for $3
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Benigno Aquino III
( 33.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It's a good game to pass 20 hours or more. Try it with the cheat engine once you finish the storyline so you won't feel the limit of the game.
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Float like a butterfly
( 46.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
great small game..but needs more content
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Survivalist is the single greatest zombie survival game there is at the time of writing; and it is also the game that has SURPRISED me the most in my entire life. On the outside, or during the first 15 minutes of the game, you'll be taken aback by the hilariously ill-fitting music, the goofy character models, and the almost robotic animations. But anyone who has played the game for more than an hour or two will tell you that the game is so much more than that.

There are a lot of things that this game excels at, and things that it does as good as (or better than) any other game in the genre.

1. COMPLETE CONTROL: Nobody is invincible, and you can choose the fate of absolutely anyone in the game.
2. OPEN WORLD: The open world is massive and is full of people and places to trade and loot.
3. COMMUNITY: The game handles building your community extremely well, and you can manage everything that goes on behind your gates, such as assigning roles in the community.
4. WELL WRITTEN: The story is full of twists and turns, some deliberately predictable, others that will actually make your jaw drop. (Those who've played the love ending know what I'm talking about...)
5. COMBAT: While extremely simple, combat in this game is excellent and always feels brutal. Every hit counts, enemies die quickly and so do you. Bring a bulletproof vest...
6. IT'S TERRIFYING: Running out of supplies is a death sentence, and being bitten and not having any cure is a stessful experience, and early on without good equipment, A LOT of people will die unless precautions are taken. Venturing into unknown territory is a massive risk/reward as well. It's scarier than most horror games out there!
7. IT IS SO MUCH FUN!: I know this one's cheating a bit, but honestly, risk can pay off, and when it does, it's a glorious feeling, and I know that anyone who can be bothered to play the game for more than an hour will realise that this game is both deep and detailed.

Also, if you've enjoyed the game, please take the time to go on the discussions page and thank Bob, the maker of this game. He has put in so much effort into making this game amazing, and he deserves all the praise he gets.

In all honesty, I would pay £30 for this game. There is so much to do for such a low price. Enjoy the game, it's absolutely marvellous!

GOTY 2015
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game isn't worth $5... it's worth at least $15.

The game is very immersive presenting you with ethical dilemmas such as, stealing to keep yourself alive, saving the many by damning the few, hell - there's even a literal gay couple dilemma in here. You heard me right, this game has a morale dilemma regarding the treatment of homosexuals. Now that's pretty damn immersive.

While not listed this game IS a sandbox game as you have the option of building anywhere which makes the game even more immersive as you'll probably spend many hours simply deciding the layout of your base.

There are a ton of quests. Most of these quests, if not all, have diverging paths you can decide from similar to Fallout or Skyrim.

Combat is okay but could be improved. The lock-on system specifically is very annoying because I feel it doesn't compliment the fast-paced tackle/grapple style zombies use. Against human AI the lock-on system is more than adequate and is actually fun but against hordes of zombies it can get annoying.

Coop is fun. You and your friends share the community members which works great as one person can handle the construction or farming and another person can finish up quests and scavange. During the difficult quests you can bring a friend or have your followers back you up. (Peer 2 Peer style coop - someone hosts, others join. No servers req.)

The developer(s) has been pretty transparent with this game often replying to community questions in the forums. I believe a sequel is due and I look forward to playing it. If you're looking for a cheap game that you can easily spend 30+ hours on this is the one.

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Cheap, fun enough to play, I recommend. You won't get superb gameplay, but while it is simple enough it's also fun for a few hours. Pretty well developed storyline too.

Doesn't really look special, but it's polished enough and at 5 dollars you get a simple but effective combat system, a base to build and manage, multiple npcs/characters you can switch to get a strategic element going on. 1 person guards base, 2nd gets building materials, 3rd (you?) goes around finding and talking to other npcs, get more npcs to do more stuff.

Good rpg, good enough as a zombie survival game, combat system could be better (hold right click to auto aim at zombies, then shoot them and repeat. Longer you aim more accurate your shots get, red circle is fully accurate, can also aim at chest/legs/head for hits/slow down/criticals), zombies are incredibly fast, but it works. Also, there's a fast-forward system (which is probably why zombies are fast), which helps a lot while traversing the map.

It's a pretty nice game, I played 24 hours without forcing myself too much to enjoy it, and this was before multiplayer support came out.

Can be kind of tedious, grabbing materials to build base, getting attacked, getting food to grow, so if you have a dislike of managing a base it's not really the game for you. Or you could just go and ditch your allies, so you don't have to defend your base anymore. Suppose that is an option, I just don't like ditching useful npcs.

You can also order your npcs to just water plants/go guard duty/grab materials from house, and they'll do it. They'll defend themselves while moving on, so if you leave them a pistol and enough ammo it works fine.

Worth getting if on sale or full price, not that expensive and it's fun.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Been ages since i played this game and I just noticed it's still being updated! This game merged several genera in really interesting and well executed ways. It's a zombie/survival game, a decent post-appocolypse rpg, and ... a city builder/management game?

It's hard to quantify all the aspects of the game, the combat I disliked at first but then after the first couple hours I decided I really liked it. Involves a combination of click-to-aim, select-to-aim, and dodgeroll mechanics with light squad management aspects.

The plot was a little (sometimes intentionally) cheezy but charming as well; there was one aspect of the plot that really created a sense of urgancy and commitment for me, but some of my friends didn't find it compelling so we had vastly differant experiences with that, (which is a good thing!).

The building and management aspects turned out to be really awesome as well and were my favorite part of the game. For five dollars this game was a real steal for that alone.

If you like Walking Dead, City builders, and zombie games this game is easily worth your time (since for 5$ money isn't the issue) and it is a solid buy.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Oh boy what a game!

Definitely worth more than its price, more like 15€.
And now comes with a 4 player co-op.
If you want a deep game with a low price tag, this is it.

My score 8.5/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
just started playing it and its really enjoable and has good content especially for th egreat price of it i recomend it to anyone who wants to play an adeventurous game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
For the price, its a good few hours of fun. Even more in co-op.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Worth the buy, so far so good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
(I made this review short and simple to avoid any spoilers) Once my demo time was about to expire i said "nooooo!" because I was thoroughly enjoying the game. For 5$ this game is a steal. In order to avoid spoilers, I'll just say there's a lot of content in this game (including choices, dialogue options, and the ability to be a normal person or a straight up nuisance to everyone). My only problem, which isn't a problem I just think it's funny, is the zombies snarl kinda like dogs. There's dozens of hours to put in this game which I will definitely be doing. 'Grats developer; you did good.
( i deleted this to edit it because i was adressing an issue but i've found out i'm just an idiot)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I bought this game yesterday and continuously pleayed for 12 hours. For the price of a cheap burger, this game definitely worths it.

Pros:
- Good amount of stories and plots, some of them are surprising/intereting
- Player's behaviour affects the story lines and world
- Blanced combat difficulty

Cons:
- bad modling and animations
- occasionally the AI goes wild (e.g. community members ignores the big well in front of his door but wandering miles for water)

I'd say you probably won't find any other games with such cost/value ratio.
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