The Best Survival Games - Page 2

Update : Synergy added at rank #48.
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Rain World (2017)

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Android Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Rain World is a grim industrial wasteland game where you take on the role of a vulnerable Slugcat, torn away from their family after a huge flood. Your mission is to reunite with your family while also surviving and navigating around the dangerous creatures in this world.


What we like:
  • Challenging platforming gameplay
  • Unique predator-prey relationships
  • Great music and sound design
  • Huge map with interconnecting levels and hidden areas
  • Creative use of hibernation chambers as save checkpoints
What could be improved:
  • Controls could be improved

  • survival
  • platform
  • post-apocalyptic
  • exploration
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • difficult
  • metroidvania
  • atmospheric
  • stealth

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The Eternal Cylinder (2021)

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Xbox Series X/s Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Playstation 5

The Eternal Cylinder is a deep narrative-focused game that pushes the creativity of game design to its limits. You play as a species known as the Trebhum, which have an ability to rapidly evolve by consuming certain items. You must explore the strange foreign world and find a way to stop the Eternal Cylinder from destroying everything.

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What we like:
  • Over 50 unique mutations
  • Gorgeously detailed visuals
  • In-depth story
  • Creative puzzles and challenges
  • Helpful accessibility options
What could be improved:
  • Linear progression limits player choice
  • Some puzzles can be difficult or frustrating

  • survival
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • surreal
  • platform
  • narration
  • open-world
  • story

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Endling (2022)

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Playstation 4 Android IOS iPhone Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Endling puts you in the role of the last fox on Earth. Driven from her forest home by a devastating fire (started by humans), our poor vulpine heroine is forced to find a makeshift den in which to deliver her pups, while simultaneously trying to track down her kidnapped baby. As each night falls, you'll need to venture forth from your makeshift den and forage or hunt for food, while also protecting your brood from trappers and other opportunistic humans.


What we like:
  • Heart-wrenching story
  • Stunning visuals
  • Powerful soundtrack
  • Adorable fox pups that grow and learn skills as they explore with you
  • Tough decisions between food or rescuing pup
What could be improved:
  • Can feel like stuck in a rut without making much progress

  • survival
  • skill

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Rust (2018)

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Xbox One Android PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 4

Rust is a hardcore survival game. You are pitted against other players, the environment and wild animals as you struggle to survive. With items such as storage boxes and locks, safe zones and crafting options, you can build a base of operations to take on whatever Rust throws at you.


What we like:
  • Three distinct biomes with unique flora
  • Fauna and resources
  • Crafting options to make your character more suited for the environment
  • Storage boxes and locks to protect your most valuable items
  • Safe zones that don't allow any hostile actions
What could be improved:
  • Poor graphics
  • Hard crashes
  • Constant attempts on your life by other players or wild animals

  • survival
  • crafting

15

The Riftbreaker (2021)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Android

The Riftbreaker is a base building, survival game with action RPG elements that borrows from a lot of other games. Play as Ashley S. Nowak and enter the hostile planet Galatea 37 in your powerful Mecha-suit to build a base and defend yourself against thousands of creatures trying to eliminate you. The Riftbreaker offers high-quality graphics, great sound and music, flexible custom difficulty settings, varied biomes, and hours of gameplay that provides endless replayability.


What we like:
  • Good storyline and rewarding gaming experience
  • Customizable gameplay options
  • Hours of gameplay with almost endless replayability
  • Exciting and balanced base building, resource gathering, and combat
  • High-quality graphics, great sound and music
What could be improved:
  • Fairly demanding on PC
  • Lacks gameplay depth in research and weaponry
  • Cumbersome weapon and armor upgrades

  • survival
  • base-building
  • tower-defense
  • resource-management
  • mech
  • real-time
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • bullet-hell
  • aliens
  • top-down
  • action
  • resource
  • shooter
  • arpg

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Dome Keeper (2022)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Dome Keeper is a thrilling mining game that combines rogue-lite elements with intense monster battles. Excavate resources, upgrade your gear, and defend your dome against enemy attacks. With effective gameplay mechanics, a variety of resources and upgrades, and unique gadgets, Dome Keeper offers a satisfying experience.


What we like:
  • Effective gameplay mechanics
  • Variety of resources and upgrades
  • Unique gadgets for the dome
What could be improved:
  • Starting over can feel slow compared to the fast-paced gameplay

  • survival
  • rogue-like
  • time-management
  • management
  • wave
  • aliens
  • mining
  • underground
  • resource
  • resource-management
  • base-building
  • inventory
  • dark
  • tower-defense
  • post-apocalyptic

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Green Hell (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 j

Survive the uncharted Amazonian rainforest in Green Hell, a gripping psychological thriller. With realistic survival mechanics, you'll build shelters, craft weapons, and hunt for food. The immersive gameplay and beautiful visuals will keep you on your toes, as you unravel the truth in this unique and unforgettable experience.


What we like:
  • Realistic survival mechanics
  • Immersive and challenging gameplay
  • Psychological twist adds intrigue
  • Beautiful and detailed graphics
  • Multiplayer mode for added replayability
What could be improved:
  • Inaccurate portrayal of native plants
  • Steep learning curve
  • Limited building system
  • Lack of replayability

  • survival
  • crafting

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Pathologic 2 (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4

Pathologic is an incredibly interesting game that dares to do things and go places most games, and media in general, are afraid to even mention. You can take on the role of one of three souls; the Bachelor, the Haruspex, or the Changeling. As you explore the town-on-Gorkhon you will have to manage various meters such as health, hunger, exhaustion and immunity/infection levels. You will also have to make difficult decisions about who or what you should prioritize when time is limited.


What we like:
  • Unique storytelling mechanics with heavy philosophical concepts
  • Interesting characters with great writing
  • Fun exploration elements
  • Lots of decisions to be made
What could be improved:
  • Poor combat mechanics
  • Passive survival mechanics can feel tedious
  • No full voice acting

  • survival
  • horror
  • cult
  • remake
  • narrative
  • survival-horror
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • mystery
  • difficult
  • psychological

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DayZ (2018)

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PC Windows Android Xbox One Playstation 4

How long can you survive a post-apocalyptic world? A land overrun with an infected "zombie" population, where you compete with other survivors for limited resources. Will you team up with strangers and stay strong together? Or play as a lone wolf to avoid betrayal? This is DayZ – this is your story.


  • survival
  • zombies
  • sandbox
  • hardcore

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Wizard With a Gun (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X/s Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 PC Windows

Dive into 'Wizard with a Gun', an enchanting survival adventure where you craft bullets, battle beasts, and bend time! Team up with friends or brave it alone in a world where your magical firepower is your lifeline. Customize your wizard and tower, uncover secrets, and master the art of gunomancy in this bewitching, chaotic realm.

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What we like:
  • Stunning art style
  • Engaging crafting and customization
  • Co-op gameplay enhances fun
  • Unique time-travel gameplay mechanic
  • Captivating story with deep lore
What could be improved:
  • Potential grind for gear
  • Some clunky inventory management

  • survival
  • sandbox
  • crafting
  • cooperative
  • rogue-like
  • isometric
  • twin-stick
  • set
  • boss
  • shooter
  • magical
  • tower
  • exploration
  • online
  • resource

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