"Don't Starve" is a game where your character is thrust into the wilderness and it then is up to you to figure out how to, well, not starve. You can look up handy guides on the internet about what to do and how to craft items but I find it is most fun if you muddle through the game blindly for at least your first few attempts at not dying. I say "attempts" because you will most assuredly die. It may be from a group of spiders whose nest you got to close too, it could be from an enraged herd of beefalo, or you simply might just forget about that whole, "not starving," goal, but you will die--you kind of have to advance in the game.
|Spiders, among the most annoying enemy of any game.|
There is an "adventure" mode you can find that has missions, so-to-speak, in that you have to survive within increasingly hostile worlds. I find the real fun is in the main game however, booting up a new level, exploring, gathering, and seeing what fun things you can find.
|Some farmland, a friendly pigman nearby and beefalo roaming in the distance, all is well, for now.|
From when you first enter a new wilderness, to when food starts to run low and winter arrives making survival all that much harder, "Don't Starve" is a hoot of a game to play. It is not easy and won't hold your hand because the whole point of it is to make you die--maybe not right away, but soon enough. Over time, once you figure out how to best keep the night's darkness at bay, make friends with the pig-men, and maybe even go into adventure mode, things get simplier, but never easy enough that you can forget about the game's titular goal and make sure you "Don't Starve". If you like games about survival, or difficult challenges that you're prepared to keep attempting over-and-over just to last one extra day against the wild, "Don't Starve" is definitely a game worth playing. Check out the website here to learn more and perhaps grab a copy via GOG, Steam, or the site itself.
4.5 out of 5 stars.