The Tribe Must Survive is a gripping base builder strategy game set in a harsh Lovecraftian Stone Age. Build your camp, overcome disasters and uncover new areas. Manage fears and diminish internal conflicts, as your Tribe grows. Every decision matters. Will your Tribe survive?
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (15) - 60% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (85) - 76% of the 85 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 22, 2024

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access lets us adjust the game ahead of launch based on valuable player feedback. No plan remains unchanged when faced with reality, the same is true for games. We want a chance to see how you, the player, interact with the game, what you like and want more of, as well as what you think we need to improve.

Specifically we will be looking for any issues that we haven’t caught (we’re a small team and need your help), as well as getting the balance right - something that needs more players and playtime than we can manage on our own!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The goal for our Early Access period is 3-4 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We hope that the version in Early Access will be a good and accurate representation of the final product. The main difference will be in the areas where players identify issues or areas of improvement.

The reason we feel comfortable with a shorter Early Access is because of the focus on fixing any issues and improving balance (as well as smaller improvements) as opposed to major content or feature changes.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All the features of The Tribe Must Survive described in the About section are present at the launch of the Early Access version, excluding one of the three religions. There may be bugs, the game may not run perfectly smooth on all target hardware, and the game may not be perfectly balanced.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We will have a lower price during early access since we want to reward those who join us early and help make the best version of the game! The price will increase ahead of the 1.0 update.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Early Access is more than just a phase for "The Tribe Must Survive”. The aim is to foster a collaborative partnership between players and the developers at Walking Tree Games. With the valuable feedback from the community on gameplay mechanics and balance, as well as other improvements, this will contribute to the best possible version of the game for its final release - which is the top priority!

We’ll keep the community up to date with recurring updates in the future. In addition we’ll be active in the Steam forums, and even more so in the Discord where we hope for a living discussion.”
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“Diehards of the genre will find a lot to love...”
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“The Tribe Must a strangely addictive game that has more to offer than expected.”
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About This Game

Set in a dark Lovecraftian Stone Age, The Tribe Must Survive is a strategy survival game about growing and protecting your Tribe from lurking dangers. By day, Tribe members work to sustain their community. At night, the faint glow of the campfire is your Tribe's sole defense. Make sure there is enough Wood, Food and other resources to keep the fire burning.

Recurring cosmic disasters will test your Tribe's preparations. As your Tribe survives and grows, internal disagreements will arise, challenging its sense of unity. What kind of leadership will help the Tribe survive?


Each Tribe member's behavior is dynamic, influenced by their unique traits and needs. You can guide them through work assignments, resource management, and decisions on building and technology upgrades. Ease Fear levels, organize rituals, and make key choices to help your Tribe persevere against upcoming disasters.


Resources near the campfire are limited. Launch Journeys into the Outer World for vital supplies. Successful ventures allow you to establish new outposts and trade routes. Will you invest your limited means on an uncertain expedition? Will you risk losing a good worker on a potentially fruitful adventure? Navigate dilemmas of risk and reward, balancing immediate needs with future prospects.


Your choices shape the Tribe's opinions in different ways, leading to emerging Factions and potential Inner Conflicts. Such events can significantly alter your playthrough. Be mindful of spiritual and philosophical needs, maintain cohesion and safeguard against internal and external threats.


Each playthrough presents new challenges and opportunities, like procedurally generated maps and a unique mix of Events and Perks. Adapting to the varying circumstances is key. Win or lose, there is always something to learn, bringing you closer to the next breakthrough. Whatever it takes... The Tribe Must Survive!

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game contains depictions of drug and alcohol abuse.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: On-board graphic card
    • Storage: 1,5 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz Quad-Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphic card
    • Storage: 1,5 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: macOS 10.14
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: On-board graphic card
    • Storage: 1,5 GB available space
    • OS: macOS 10.15
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz Quad-Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphic card
    • Storage: 1,5 GB available space

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