Magic, science and survival – how long can you last in the uncompromising wilderness?
A feast for the eyes and ears
From its chirpy and friendly wildlife, to its monstrous spider queens and eerie ghosts, every imaginative beastie in Don't Starve is treated to a memorable and unique look. And if you ever wanted to know what a walrus wearing a tartan bonnet looks like, here's your chance to find out...
While the pencil-sketched visuals paint a distinctive environment, Don't Starve's atmospheric sound brings everything together nicely. Music fades in and out during moments of action, and you'll learn to fear the bloodcurdling cries of particular animals and monsters. This is the wilderness, after all, so paying attention to the squawk of a hostile, unseen Tailbird can save your hide. Just be sure to keep your character from the clawed grip of insanity... as what you see or hear may be used against you.
If you need a hand, there are cleverly written descriptions of every item and creature you come across. Study them closely as they may increase your chances of survival...
When you start off in the dangerous outback of Don't Starve, you control Wilson, the curious gentleman scientist. He may seem a bit scrawny, but he's quite adept at creating newfangled machines with the raw materials you'll find exploring the land.
As you gain more experience points in the game, you'll unlock eight more characters (including two secret ones), each with their own abilities and weaknesses, such as:
Willow: She may look sweet, but be careful when she gets nervous - as she tends to spark up her favourite lighter, which can cause forest fires. Luckily, she's immune to being burned...
Wolfgang: A powerful strongman who gets tougher with a full belly. However, he's afraid of the dark and monsters, so his sanity drops quicker than other characters.
WX-78: A robot who can eat any food, even if it's spoiled. Lightning charges it up, but rain can damage its little metal body.
Woodie: This bearded lumberjack starts off with his own talking, magic axe which begs him to cut down trees. If that wasn't strange enough, Woodie also hides a terrible secret...
Seize the day
Trying to find your way home in a hostile wilderness is the aim of Don't Starve. But don't be fooled by its title. Sure, eating is important - foraging for seeds, berries and carrots, and setting up traps for tasty rabbits is essential. However, keeping your character's belly full is the least of your concerns.
Because while you're hunting for food, everything else is out to kill you. Your average day consists of fending off monsters such as warrior spiders and savage hounds, as you try to collect raw materials to build valuable survival gear. Then you're fending off the cold snap of winter or avoiding lightning during a thunderstorm. Not to mention finding stones and wood to create a fire so the vicious Night Monster doesn't kill you in the pitch blackness of night. Oh, and you need to keep your character sane too, otherwise their hallucinations come alive to deadly effect.
But never fear, brave survivalist. Collect everything you can, as early as you can, to give your character a fighting chance. Build weapons such as axes to kill monsters and chop trees. Use grass and twigs to create traps, and fashion straw rolls to snatch some sanity-saving sleep. Create Science and Alchemy machines to increase the range of items you can craft - including magic objects - and make use of your campfire's light during the night to plan the next day's scavenging.
And if you're still finding things a bit difficult, adjust all the elements of the game, such as the amount of food and the wealth of materials. Each time you start a new map the land is randomly generated, so it doesn't hurt to stack things in your favour...
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