Each week our resident Indie Gamer Nicholas takes a look at a different Indie Game that you may or may not have heard about. Join him on his adventures as he sifts through the rubbish to find The Indie Game of the Week.
Welcome to Indie Game of the Week. Those of you who haven't played Don't Starve yet...do it. If ever you've been a fan of survival games, this one's just the ticket for you. The premise is marvelously simple: you play the part of a hapless individual plopped down into a strange, alien wilderness by some strange, malevolent demon. It's never really clear why he's decide to bring you here, nor is it possible to determine what his goals are.
The only thing we know about him is that his name is "Maxwell."
The goal of the game is simple: survive. You'll need to wander about, foraging for food and materials. You'll be crafting the latter into various tools, items, and supplies. At first, what you'll be able to make is severely limited: eventually, you'll be able to construct a handy device known as a "Science Machine." It's never really explained how, but feeding items into this machine nets you a commodity known as 'research points' which are used to gain access to more advanced crafting recipes. That's the magic of science, I suppose.
Throughout all of this, you'll need to remember to gather enough supplies to set up a campfire, and keep it stocked. Monsters are particularly active at night - but they're not what you should be afraid of. Those, at least, can be killed. The thing that lurks in total darkness, however...All I'll say on the matter is that if you've played Zork, you'll understand: you want to stay out of the dark, lest you find yourself eaten by a Grue.
Oh, and on top of that, pretty much everything is trying to kill you, save the food and the pig men (the closest thing to intelligent, friendly faces you'll find). Giant spiders, swamp monsters, pissed off trees, giant birds, ghosts...you get the idea. This isn't exactly a peaceful, serene place you've been banished to.
Don't Starve also features a rather impressive roster of characters - given that it's still in beta, this roster is likely to continue to grow right up until release. You'll start with Wilson, the Gentleman Scientist. For some reason, he's the only character that can grow a beard - used in the construction of the Meat Effigy; which essentially serves as a re-spawn point in the event that your character should die.
Again, don't question it. It's science. I have it on good authority that the technique is quite well known in the scientific community. A gentleman told me.
Anyway...let's get back on track. To unlock new characters, you'll need to accrue a certain amount of experience; every day you survive grants you just a little bit more than the last. In order to actually receive the experience, however; you'll have to die. Don't worry: you probably will, eventually.
All in all, Don't Starve is a charming and addictive game, with an endearing art style and a decent sense of humor. If you're looking for a survival game to fill the void, you could do worse. Just don't forget to eat when you start playing it.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
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Censorship Spells Trouble for League of Legends Patcher
Internet filtering has been a hot button issue for the past several years. With the slow gutting of protective measures like Net Neutrality, and with governmental powers seeking an end to online anonymity, it's rather harrowing to see the slow progression of political and social policing of the internet. Recently, after about a year of lobbying, the United Kingdom enacted a piece of legislation that many have come to call the "UK Porn Filter." What the filter requires is for British ISP's to implement filters and controls, which are on by default, that will block access to "violent material," not imited to "extremist and terrorist related content," "anorexia and eating disorder websites," and "suicide related websites."
Five Things Riot Needs To Do With League of Legends
The folks at Riot already have their work cut out for them moving into Season 4, and they?re doing a damned find job of weathering the transition so far. That said, here?s a few changes we?d like to see as the new season draws near.
The Five Best MMOs of 2013
2013 was quite a year for MMOs. Not only did we enjoy a whole host of strong releases; a bunch of already excellent games were made even better. Here's just a few of MMO Attack's favorite MMORPGs of the year.
Five Trends That Reshaped MMORPGs In 2013
It's been a hell of a year, hasn't it? As we move into the first days of 2014, let's take a look back at how the world of MMOs has changed - and how that might impact the future.
Best Free MMORTS and Strategy Games List (2014)
A top 10 list of the best free MMORTS and strategy games so you can give them all a try in one place and not have to worry about scouring the internet to find the best ones
The Lack Of Quality In The Survival MMO
We've seen an abundance of new titles join the genre this year, most hot on the heels of the incredibly popular DayZ mod from ARMA II, but they all seem to share a certain lack of quality and polish