Yes, How to Survive is another game about surviving the onslaught of undead flesh eaters on a lonely island--a setting you might have experienced before. But this isometric adventure has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo. With a surprisingly deep crafting system, looming day and night system, and survival elements that make you worry more about your health bar than your kill count, How to Survive seems like it's more than the average zombie game.
You start the adventure with nothing but the clothes on your back, and you'll have to scour the environment for items to fend off undead aggressors, food to keep you fed and watered, and a safe place to rest. While most games have you maintain a single health bar, you'll have to keep your hunger, thirst, and tiredness in check as well. You'll also have to find clean water, hunt the local wildlife, and even cook your food which uses the game's intricate crafting system.
Almost anything you pick up can be crafted into something useful. If you find up a stick, you can use it to break zombies' skulls, or combine it with a machete to break it down to ten arrows for your crafted bow. You can also upgrade your equipment with additional material. Add a balancing rod to your bow for faster target acquisition, put on pulleys to create a compound bow, or lash a molotov to an arrow for an explosive projectile. All of your items seem infinitely customizable, and you'll eventually find mechanical parts that you can piece together makeshift chainsaws, ballistic weapons, and protective armor as well.
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