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Don't Starve Review
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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to improve performance are common.

There are a variety of versions of this game and all play in a similar fashion. Of note, Don't Starve Together is a version of the game that adds the option to play with another player in the same place. This is not available on Switch or iOS currently.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 32 hours and 46 hours to complete. It’s a game you don’t necessarily finish in one go, as when you die you start again. To learn how to survive and complete the game can take around 40 hours.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online. Don't Starve Together version of the game is required for multiplayer features. You can set-up your own server via Steam and then play in the same world, each player with their own device.

CostsCosts

Don't Starve usually costs £11.49 to £27.24.
 

Don't Starve Mega Pack 2020

XBox Store Xbox One £27.24
PlayStation Store PS4 £26.99

Don't Starve Together: Console Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99

Don't Starve: Console Edition

PlayStation Store PS Vita £11.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.49
PlayStation Store PS3 £11.49

Don't Starve: Giant Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
PlayStation Store PS3 £11.49
Switch Store Wii U £12.59

Don't Starve: Giant Edition + Shipwrecked Expansion

XBox Store Xbox One £15.19

Don't Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition

Switch Store Switch £17.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. In-game purchases for "Shipwrecked", "Hamlet" and "Reign of Giants" packs add new locations, seasons, items and enemies. To play co-operatively you need to "Don't Starve Together" pack, that is purchased separately on PC. Don't Starve Together: Console Edition on Xbox and PlayStation 4 includes co-operative play Don't Starve on Switch includes "Reign of Giants" and "Shipwrecked" but not co-operative play and this is not available to purchase. Don't Starve Mega Pack provides all the expansions in one package on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, Don't Starve: Shipwrecked and Don't Starve: Hamlet each add new creatures, characters and content.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for occasional mild violence towards human characters and the use of mild swearing. Violence within the game, which takes the form of physical encounters with animal-like or fantasy like characters, can result in the demise of the player's character. After being hit a sufficient number of times the player's character falls to the ground and a splash screen appears indicating that the character is dead. The violence however is non-realistic looking. There is also the use of mild swearing in the game - the word 'bloody' is used.

The game's main menu includes a link to the games forum and a community page. Both are moderated by the publisher Klei Entertainment.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

While the game does have some minor tutorials and nudges in the beginning, the is very little continued guidance, mission objectives, or clear structure to the game.

The HUD size is adjustable on a slider from 0-10, but even at a 10 the display is fairly small.
 
Our Don't Starve Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:

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