Don't Starve

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Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Released: April 2013, updated in 2014. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Overview

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.

 
This game is good if you want to take on a mountainous challenge, face tough decisions, cope with losing or survive the night.

Commitment

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.

Costs

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.

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox One. You will need Nintendo Online to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 12+.

Game contains occasional mild violence towards human characters and the use of mild swearing. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


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.

Accessibility

System settings: Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more.


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