Indie Game Spotlight – Don’t Starve (Together)

By – Drew Martz

               Hey y’all, and welcome back to another Indie Game Spotlight! It’s that time of year again where we all stuff our faces full of delicious food and give thanks for all of the things that we have in life. So, let’s talk about a game about having no food whatsoever and desperately trying to scavenge for the basic necessities of human life! This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Don’t Starve and its standalone multiplayer expansion (which is what I have played), Don’t Starve Together.

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The Don’t Starve series, developed by Klei Entertainment, is at its core a survival game. You are dropped in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing, and your goal is to simply live. Don’t Starve has a very sparse story, but honestly, it would likely get in the way if it was larger. What separates Don’t Starve from the other dime-a-dozen survival games out in the market currently, however, is the game’s art style and atmosphere. It’s a very Tim Burton-esque handdrawn style, and it uses it well.

 

The gameplay itself is simple in principle but challenging in practice: gather resources and don’t, well, starve. Granted, there are many more ways to die besides just starvation, such as going insane, freezing to death, being eaten by giant spiders, etc. etc., but the goal is to just survive in the harsh world that you are thrown into. As you gather supplies, you can build better and better equipment and necessities which make life easier. However, you do have one major restriction: nighttime brings many horrors with it, and if you are caught off guard without any form of light… It’s not pleasant. It’s actually quite terrifying.

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Of course, another important aspect of Don’t Starve is resource managing. Don’t Starve is quite an unforgiving game, and as such you must constantly be making the most efficient decision for survival. Did you spend too long searching for ores? Well, looks like you didn’t find enough food to last the night. Did you mess up an expedition? Well, looks like you are super far from your base and you’re probably going to die. Also, if you die in Don’t Starve, it’s a permanent death. This is different in Don’t Starve Together, but even still, it’s costly there too. This means that you will likely be going through multiple playthroughs of the game before you actually learn what to do and when to do them.

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Don’t Starve Together is the multiplayer expansion, although it’s a separate game altogether. As you probably can infer, Don’t Starve Together allows you to bring some more people to help you out, up to six. Outside of this, the gameplay of the two games is almost identical.

 

Overall, Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve together are great games for those who like a challenge and don’t mind having to restart… a lot. You can pick up Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together on Steam now for $14.99 each.

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That’s all for this week! Have a great Thanksgiving, and see you next time!

 

 

About the blogger

aaaaDrew Martz is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science, and has been an avid gamer since he was only 5 years old. His favorite games include League of Legends, Pokémon, and Animal Crossing, but also is a big fan of the RPG genre.  His dream job is to be a character designer.  In his downtime, when he’s not playing games or following E-Sports, Drew enjoys binge-watching TV shows on Netflix and YouTube videos.