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24 Games Like Don't Starve

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Don't Starve addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Don't Starve but don’t have Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One or iOS, these are a good alternative.

 

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.

 

 

Among Trees

Platforms: PC

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Among Trees is a game you play in a forested wilderness full of creatures and fauna. It's handcrafted by a small team and creates a vibrant world to explore. This is a game you aim to win or dominate, but rather find your place in.


Nira

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nira is a survival game where pixilated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...


Trash Sailors

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Trash Sailors is a hand-drawn sailing game, where you control the group of castaways after a tsunami flooded the world. You navigate the ocean and build your raft with trash nearby which you can recycle into fuel, raft spare parts, and even weapons....


The Eternal Cylinder

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


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Thousand Threads

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Thousand Threads is an open world game of consequences. You are free to interact with the world, animals and people however you like, give, take, save, kill, inform, hide, befriend, betray. But how you do this will have ongoing and unavoidable...


Viva Pinata

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC and Xbox 360

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game is a fantasy garden-simulation game where your tending and care encourages one of 60 different piñata animals to make it their home. You use gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals...


Castaway Paradise

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

This game places you on your own tropical island. Make the place your own with decorations and furniture, dress up, collect bugs, fish, grow crops and help your new neighbours. It's an open-world game that offers an Animal Crossing style experience on...


Eco

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.


Stardew Valley

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

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

Duration: Between 51 hours and 75 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...


Kingdom (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...


One Hour One Life

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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

Duration: Between 1 hour and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...


Outer Wilds

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 21 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...


Costume Quest (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...


Dreamscaper

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Dreamscaper is an adventure where you control a woman's subconscious whilst she dreams. In the dreams you battle enemies with different surrealist abilities and weapons: finger guns, move the earth, control time, warp landscapes, many melee weapons and...


Grounded

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | Series S

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back yard garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and...


The Sims (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Sims puts you in charge of a world of characters living normal lives. By providing a home, a job, leisure, friendships and even love interest, you work to make them happy. It’s an open-ended game as well, although the altruism is focused on...


Rogue Legacy (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 16 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rogue Legacy is a dungeon fighting game. Each time you die you go back to the start. However, you are resurrected as a character with different challenges: colourblind, dyslexic, a dwarf and so on. You can use gold, collected form previous lives, to...


Sunless Sea

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 13 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Sunless Sea is a sea-faring adventure where you pilot a small steamship to explore a Victorian-era London that has been moved beneath the earth's surface. You take on the role of captain but select different ambitions that determine how you will play.


Ark: Survival Evolved

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

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.

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...


Unturned

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 40 hours and 43 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft- and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. This might be to go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...


Rust

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 80 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 250 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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)...


The Long Dark

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

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

Duration: Between 19 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

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

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Dead by Daylight

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 7 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 5 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


 
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Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from other perspectives. This can be entertaining and light-hearted, but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences.

The games selected here each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first-hand experience of what it’s like. It may be nail-biting, heart-breaking or desperate, but often, through all the trials and tribulations, there is still hope. Either way, unlike reading books or watching films about these subjects, here you are emotionally implicated in the choices you are faced with.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 

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.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 
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