Awaking on an island with no memory, you have just one memento of the life you led before… A child's photograph. Who is this? You must search the island for useful tools that will aid in your escape. As time passes and hopes of survival hang by a thread, you realise that this island is not as it seems.
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Very Negative (17 reviews) - 11% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (514 reviews) - 41% of the 514 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 3, 2016

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About This Game


Explore an open sandbox environment which, depending on your intention, could have or could not have a foreseeable end. But as you investigate further, you may notice some suspicious activity including animals that would not normally be found in an area like this and some inconsistencies that lead to more questions. It is up to you to discover the answers.

Craft items, quench your thirst, satisfy your hunger, fend off animals… What will you really need to escape the island? The answers are waiting.


• Craft items using a combination of objects and methods like tying and cutting
• Build a shelter to protect you from rain and dangerous animals
• Online Multiplayer
• Lose blood, break bones, become poisoned and stave off hunger and thirst
• Varying weather conditions that affect gameplay
• Procedurally generated items that the player must find to leave the island
• Dangerous animals including wolves, spiders and bears
• Capture animals using traps
• Permadeath – Will you be able to escape the island or will you succumb to its menace?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7/8 (All OS must be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX9 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7/8 (All OS must be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core 2.4Ghz or above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX9 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.9 and above (64 bits only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.9 and above (64 bits only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 2 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 24
Is already Dead.. Dont buy it! They are scammers..
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Bad game.
Runs at 20 fps on an RX 470
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
The game looks good, but its hard to find out how to do things
I think that the most interesting things are to do in multiplayer mode
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595 of 663 people (90%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 11
This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer/publisher.

Better Late Than DEAD is a survival adventure game developed by Odin Game Studios, being published on Steam in July of 2015 on Early Access.

As we have come all too familiar with the survival genre of games; you start off as a single character, dropped in the middle of nowhere and you are expected to survive. Games of this genre are often a hit from the start or just flop straight away. Unfortunately Better Late Than DEAD does not have a very bright future in my eyes.

Gameplay is…well, almost none existent. I started out in the ocean and had to swim at least five minutes before I got to any sort of land. I spent almost an hour exploring the island, finding a couple of houses, and that is it. Whilst exploring the houses I found that each of them had their own loot, strangely enough, the houses were all an exact copy of each other and the loot was spawned in exactly the same place. The loot that I found were again, everything you would expect to find in this type of game, cans of food, bandages, knives, etc. As far as game play goes, that is it. There is absolutely nothing else to do in this game; I didn’t find any animals, enemies, nothing.

The graphics are bad to say the least; the screenshots really shows the game in a different light to how it actually looks in real time. Awfully low quality textures on almost everything, the water certainly doesn’t look like how it does in the screenshots, and neither does the skybox. On top of the poor graphics, the animation side of the game is horrible; your character has just an awful run cycle that looks like some sort of jelly man was used to rig it – also this game features possibly one of the highest jumping ability I have ever seen in a game, I swear I was jumping up entire flights of stairs in one go… It should also be known, that from jumping, I managed to break my leg in the game twice and die from it once – lord knows how.

At the beginning of the game, I was presented with a cut scene that sets up for a quite interesting story; but that is it. After that intro, I found no other plot elements, or anything. I was particularly disappointed as I would have really liked to have seen more of it. Hopefully the developers will be adding something in via patches in the future on this aspect.

Better Late Than DEAD also has some audio problems. Whilst playing the game, you will have the same repetitive soundtrack playing in the background, and when it loops, boy do you notice it. There is an obvious cut in the track, and it just starts playing again; this for me seemed like a really basic issue which should not be seen in the game, it really ruined the game’s immersion (the little it actually had).

I really expected the world I was in to be full of interesting environments and buildings to explore, but sadly due to the copy/paste nature shown in the game, it all seemed to blur together and nothing really stood out as interesting. All of the buildings are exactly the same layout, tress look exactly the same, it just looks like someone has gone in and press CTRL A CTRL V over and over again to make it seem like the world is huge.

Sadly the game is very poorly optimized. Whilst the game has the options to run on all resolutions up to 4k, it certainly doesn’t run well. Playability is none existent at 4k, so I had to drop it to 1080p, and even then, I was not able to reach 60 fps and that is with my monster rig. This needs to be the top of their agenda at the very least.

At the time of writing this review, I have been playing for just over two hours; I honestly don’t see myself jumping into the game any time again soon, unless there are some major changes and improvements on what the game currently has. The last update to the game from what I can see is 18th November 2015, and even then, only two new additions to the game were added. If anyone is interested in the survival genre, there are definitely games out there that are still in early access, and are in a much much better state than this game at the moment. Even though the game is retailing for £6,99, I still cannot recommend this game. It may improve, but it is going to take a lot for it to be even worthy of that low price.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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142 of 152 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 9
An impressive example what can happen if you buy early access games. Changed rock skin, but not the important parts of the game. Game felt like brutal early alpha version and now they launched it, because "it is finished!" Cash grab. Nothing more. Avoid it.
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773 of 1,005 people (77%) found this review helpful
122 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26, 2015
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249 of 318 people (78%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26, 2015
Better Late than Dead is too early access to recommend spending your hard-earned cash on, unless you're a die-hard fan of survival games (like there aren't enough to choose from).

Better Late than Dead is a game that is still marred hugely by it's early access state. For those familiar with survival games, BLTD is the quintessential example - but with too many flaws currently to rationalize the price.

BTLD is a game of too many button presses. In most games, you could press E or F to pick up a nearby item. In BTLD you must right-click to zoom in (on an already slightly off camera angle, another thing that bothered me), pan over to the item in question with a slightly unreasonable amount of exactness, and left click.
The inventory systems mirrors this as well. Clicking an item current brings up a context menu, but the only options currently are to drop or equip something. This means that all food, water, bandages, etc must be used from the quickbar, when in many cases it could be more easily used straight from the inventory. This issue is exaserbated by the fact that there are only 4(?!) quickbar slots. Eating a mango should be a quick trip to the inventory, but it is instead a matter of equipping it, activating it, and THEN eating it. Pressing the relevant quickbar key doesn't automatically activate, you must click another time before watching your character enter into an awkward eating animation.

Speaking of animations, that is another thing this game does poorly from what I saw. The character runs in a very goofy fashion, especially if he becomes injured. Injury seems to be incurred too easily - I walked for several in-game hours on a broken ankle or whatever caused by jumping off a rock that didn't come up to the character's knees.

Lastly, the character model is pretty ugly. His beard doesn't look even the least bit natural, and neither does his butt. It seriously looks like the left side is twice the side of his right, which is made worse by the aforementioned running animation. You're probably thinking, "I could seriously care less about this character's butt", but lemme tell you, you'll be looking at it for the majority of your time playing BLTD.
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84 of 91 people (92%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 14
[FEB 14, 2016]
As of now the game has not undergone any update since last year, now the game is looking more dead than ever. I suggest that you stay away until it more work has been done on it or it gets finished.

[OLD REVIEW (JULY 30, 2015)]

[Recommended = 32 of 50 people (64%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny]


This game shows promise, however it's in early alpha so there is not much to do yet.

mechanics that need improvement(in the short amount of time i played):

player movement,

combat system.


key bindings.


though playable, it's still not recommendable to many.
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127 of 158 people (80%) found this review helpful
112 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 22
Another Surival game where the screen shots look cool and make you think the games going to be good but it's actually just ♥♥♥♥. 0/10 rather be dead than late.
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71 of 81 people (88%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Alright, so after I had this game in my library untouched for months, I decided to play it.
I'm a huge fan of survival games, thus my decision to purchasing this game wondering what it will be like.

Ok, so you strand on an island, there is body bags everywhere of dead people, sometimes next to them is food, idk why but there just is. Don't worry you can eat it, as this is the main resource to get rid of your hunger bar, same for thirst.

It took me a while to figure out how to cut trees aswell, at first I thought trees were attacking me as soon as I started to hit them, little did I know I was actually cutting them, thus I got sticks. At this point I've already spend most of my time exploring and finding items which I can use to even collect these stick. (Note: Punching trees does not work, you can't punch, you will need an item of some sort.)

The borky sound/music that plays when you get near a village just annoys the f*ck out of me. If you turn your character around at some point it will just play over and over again.

Anyway, I continued exploring in search for food, cause that felt like my entire main quest.
I noticed a deer, awesome, flesh. So I chased it with an axe, untill the deer ran right through a wall and escaped.

I stopped playing after I tried to craft a camp fire, like I couldn't even be bothered anymore at this point to even figure out how to get leaves.. since there is only 10% of the objects where you can get resources from.

Ok so to bundle this up:

- I actually liked the way how you were able to pick up items.
- Sleeping works.

- Everything except you, can walk through walls.
- Only 10% of the island can be used for resources.
- Crafting, without using a wiki to even figure out where to get the resources.
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All Might
0.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
I'm not a survival game enthusiast, but I found BLTD way better then Hurtworld was. At least you have offline mode which allows you at least to get familiar with the mechanics of the game before some PK jerk comes and kills you. THe game I also found pretty well polished. I don't see what the other reviewers problem was with the game.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
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2.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 19
trash game
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 19
Low Fps and no logic.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
You need to port forward to have friends connect no worth money
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
Not recommended... terrible fps drops, no tutorial or anything to start you off. targeting system is bodgey and really no main goal.
I bought this game at EB so i can't get a refund but if i could i would..
I am aware that there might be a major update just waiting but until then, don't buy it.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 20
DO NOT BUY. COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. I loaded the game up and made a world, tried looking around, lagged, reduced settings to fastest, still lagged, removed game, uninstalled. I've seen people with some of the worst computers run high end games with decent settings.
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