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21 Great Games Like Ark: Survival Evolved

These are hand-picked games similar to Ark: Survival Evolved. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Ark: Survival Evolved. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Ark: Survival Evolved, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and building, like Minecraft but with realistic visuals, this is a game where you step into your own monster movie.

Unfortunately, Ark: Survival Evolved is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Survivetheark

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases

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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Dan_Games

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or...

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Raft

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/05/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RedbeetOfficial

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Raft is a survival game where you work to build a raft while stranded at sea. You start the game on a small raft with only a hook made of old plastic, with which you use to pull in floating barrels and planks of wood.

Subnautica (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @UnknownWorlds

Players: This is a single player game

Dive into an underwater ocean on an alien planet and collect the resources you need to establish a base and survive. There’s an open and immersive watery world to discover as you construct tools, bases and submersibles, and interact with wildlife....

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PEGI Rating 18+ for RustESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Rust

Rust

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @FcpnchStds

Players: You can play this with 250 players online

Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...

Dead by Daylight

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.

No Man's Sky

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

This game invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a rhythm of survival, combat and trading draw you into a space drama of your...

The Long Dark

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 22/09/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @HinterlandGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...

The Forest

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 30/05/2014

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @EndNightGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.

Journey to the Savage Planet

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Journey to the Savage Planet is an adventure-shooting game played from a first-person perspective. You explore a planet to catalogue various alien flora and fauna and collect the resources you need to craft items and upgrades like jetpacks and grappling...

Dysmantle

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 06/01/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @10tonsLtd

Players: This is a single player game

Dysmantle is a survival strategy game where you play a character emerging after the apocalypse. The world is now inhabited with dangerous creatures and you only have your bare hands to survive. It's novel because most items in the world can be destroyed...

Distrust

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Distrust is a survival game where you try to survive after a helicopter crash at an arctic base. Inspired by The Thing film, this is a horror game that initially seems to be about surviving the wild, but soon descends into something darker and...

Frostpunk

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/03/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in an alternate 1886 with a devastating winter setting in. You are tasked with running a city by managing resources to ensure the city’s survival. Your choices can have negative and positive consequences.

Don't Starve

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2014

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

Developer: @Klei

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

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...

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.

Horizon Zero Dawn (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Horizon Zero Dawn, and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, has a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines...

Second Extinction

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Second Extinction is team based shooting game, where squads of three work to kill mutated dinosaurs that have taken over the planet. You play one of a handful of survivors and must work with two other online players with weapons, abilities and skills to...

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PEGI Rating 18+ for DayZESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for DayZ

DayZ

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @Bohemiainteract

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Day Z (DayZ) is a post-apocalyptic open world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However If you die there are no...

Biomutant

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Experiment1O1

Players: This is a single player game

Biomutant is a role-play game where you play a Raccoon mammalian warrior in a world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing world has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk aesthetic and with political...

The Eternal Cylinder

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.

New World

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/05/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @AmznGameStudios

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonize a fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system.

Darwin Project

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/01/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @DarwinProject

Players: You can play this with 11 players online

Darwin Project is a battle royale game like Fortnite. Player fight to collect resources to survive and upgrade their character. As well as surviving in extreme conditions you track opponents and set traps. In addition to the ten players is...

Ark: Survival Evolved is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Ark: Survival Evolved in the following lists:

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 
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Fuel

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PEGI Rating 7+ for FuelESRB Rating EVERYONE for Fuel
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Hades

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PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

Play With People On Different Systems

Most online games only work if the person you are wanting to play against has the same system that you have, console, PC or smartphone. There are, however, a growing library of games that offer what is often called cross-play. This lets you play with people on different systems.

These games are a good way to extend the list of friends and family that you can play with. It also makes it less critical which system you have in your home, even if your friends have a different one.
 

Survive The Night

Surviving in games is often a key element. Some games, however, make it the main focus. With minimal resources and little light can you make it through to the morning? Can you prepare a shelter as the daylight dwindles in time for you to cope with the lurking creatures of the dark?

Whether this is as simple as closing the door to keep the zombies out in Minecraft or as complex as crafting food, clothing and medicine to cope with the freezing blackness of The Long Dark these games are exhilarating as they pose a strategic puzzle with personal consequences.

Many of these games offer an open world in which to survive, which opens up more ways of preparing for and then making it through the night time. This, of course, leads to another day where you need to spend time and resources wisely while exploring your surroundings.
 


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