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"Don't Starve": Game Review

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"Don't Starve" Cover Art

"Don't Starve" Cover Art

What Is Don't Starve?

Don't Starve is an action/adventure game with survival elements. It was released for multiple platforms; PC, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and Android.

When you first begin the game, you take control of Wilson, the gentleman scientist. You enter a randomly-generated world and must survive as long as possible. Many dangers in the world include creatures, weather, and even your own sanity. The longer you survive, the more experience points you earn, which unlocks more characters to choose from.

There is also an Adventure Mode in the game.

The Characters

The Characters

Let's Meet Some Characters!


The first character you control is Wilson. He has no special abilities, but can grow a magnificent beard! The beard keeps him warm during wintertime, so don't shave it till spring comes around.


The next character you unlock is Willow, the fire-starter. She has her own lighter and is immune to any fire damage. When her sanity gets low though, she tends to set the ground around her on fire.


Then there is Wendy, who receives visits from her deceased twin sister when summoned.


Wolfgang is the strongman. He has higher health and his offensive capabilities increase with a full hunger meter. But he does starve faster and loses sanity when near danger.


WX78 is an android. He does need to eat, sleep, and stay mentally stimulated, but will not become sick from spoiled food. He also takes damage from rain and attracts lightning.


Wickerbottom is the librarian. She has the highest sanity of all the characters, but does not sleep. She also knows all tier 1 recipes and can craft books that lower sanity a bit but can either help or hinder.

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Woodie is a lumberjack. Comes with Lucy the axe, which never breaks and cuts down trees faster than any other axe. He also has a terrible secret. (No spoilers here!)


Maxwell is the main antagonist of the game. He is the one who drops you in the different worlds.

Secret Characters

There are also several secret characters that unlock either by completing adventure mode or through DLC.

Collect parts to create portals.

Collect parts to create portals.

Adventure Mode!

When people ask about Don't Starve, usually you bring up that it's an open world survival game, but in adventure mode, it's more. You must travel through five different worlds, and find different parts to make a portal to the next world. Each time you wake up in a new world, Maxwell stands above you and makes a comment.

A beard will keep you warm in the winter.

A beard will keep you warm in the winter.

DLC and Updates

Many updates were made after the beta version was released as a free-to-play game. The updates were made to fix glitches and add food spoilage.

The DLC that has been released so far are:

  • Reign of Giants: Includes new characters, items, and environments. There are some new creatures to find as well.
  • Don't Starve Together: A free multiplayer expansion, supports up to six players that can be friends or strangers. Can also play in public or private games.
  • Shipwrecked: Includes new characters, biomes, creatures, and seasonal effects. Takes place out on water, you must travel to different islands to survive.
This is not your typical survival game!

This is not your typical survival game!

Final Thoughts

All in all, there is a lot to discover in the world of Don't Starve. The characters have a bit of a Tim Burton style to them and they don't have actual voices, they just make musical noises. This is not your typical survival game.

If you like survival games, crazy different creatures, and engaging story (in adventure mode), then I highly recommend Don't Starve!

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