Survival games have been gaining huge amounts of popularity in recent times. The genre’s popularity comes from its ability to tap into the most basic needs of collecting resources, finding shelter and protecting yourself; all from the comfort of your home. Here’s the Top 5 Single Player survival games.
Nearly every gamer has heard of Oregon Trail and its infamous “You have died of dysentery” line. Oregon Trail is a resource management game developed in 1971 in Minnesota by student teachers at Carleton College which features the rough journey many pioneers undertook in early American history. Oregon Trail has the player manage the resources of a family of explorers as they make their perilous journey across the United States. Such resources as the wheels of the wagon, food, bullets etc. need to be carefully managed as well as the speed of the journey. For a game made over 40 years ago, Oregon Trail was one of the first to implement “resource management” which is a key structure to many survival games today. After many rebrandings and makeovers, Oregon Trail‘s initial key concepts still remain popular today.
Don’t Starve is unusual amongst survival games. It’s not first-person, nor is it a text adventure. It doesn’t even have zombies. Don’t Starve is an isometric survival game in which the player takes the role of Wilson, a so-called “Gentleman Scientist”, who is forced to survive in a landscape where everything wants to kill him. The player must remain alive for as long as they can while facing off against starvation, insanity and enemies. It’s a tough, hardcore survival experience with a punishing difficult and minimal instruction. Over time, the player will die enough times to learn and, eventually, master the game’s mechanics. It is both punishing and wonderful with a remarkable art style and deeply enjoyable gameplay.
Miasmata is a survival indie game where you play as Robert Hughes, a plague-stricken scientist on a journey to discover a cure. The game focuses on the player exploring a “uninhabited” island to use medical plants to create a cure, but the player is constantly stalked by an unknown creature. The creators behind Miasmata “wanted an immersive experience that gives the player the freedom to discover the world at his/her own pace and in his/her own way.” Miasmata is all about the journey and it’s one worth taking.
State of Decay
Most zombies games focus on the vicious murdering of countless zombies with a non-stop supply of bullets and machine guns. State of Decay, however, focuses on building a community and defences to withstand the relentless zombie horde. As the main character, or as one of the survivors in your group, you must set up a home base and keep it stocked with the necessities of survival, keep the dead away and forge new relationships with the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. The world is constantly on-going even when you’re not even playing the game. State of Decay delivers a unique take on the whole “zombie” apocalypse that has you focusing on surviving rather than killing.
One of the major factors for this genre’s popularity, Minecraft has become one of the most popular survival games in history with multiple releases across many platforms. The game allows players to make anything they see fit using block materials scattered throughout randomly generated worlds and making tools to help mine the world more efficiently or even defeat monsters faster. Players have constructed massive replicas of famous landmarks, Star Destroyers, entire cities and the list is ever growing. The survival element of Minecraft comes from constructing your world and protecting yourself from the monsters that come out at night. It’s simple, addictive and it works, hence the sales of over 33 million copies.
So there you have it. There’s still hundreds of survival games out there that didn’t make the list so we want your opinions. Let us know in the comments below or in the forums what’s your top single player survival game.