The most enticing thing about Minecraft was its suggesting story. In a game that “has no plot” there sure was a scary story behind it. The reality of Steve’s life in Minecraft is a horrifying one- waking up in a post apocalyptic world with seemingly no intelligent life and you have to restart and build a life for yourself- from scratch.
But Minecraft has recently quadrupled in the amount of little kids running around the online servers. The discussion in almost every server I have been in a while, was getting more and more like Call of Duty. “you griefed me, fagget i fucked your mom” . On top of that, the updates have been rolling out like a bat out of hell. I at least cant keep up, every time I log in its a like a whole new game. Don’ get me wrong, my latter complaint is a good thing just kind of confusing when trying to maintain a single player with continuity. I am just waiting for a whole bunch of them to come out, and I’ll sit down and play Minecraft for the first time again.
Maybe. In the mean time, I have found this new game: Don’ Starve. I was introduced to the game from just this one picture I saw on Reddit:
In Don’t Starve, you start out the same way- waking up bright and early in a terrifying world with absolutely nothing. You then go on to collect things in the same way as you would in Minecraft, some grass, some wood, some rocks and flint. You avoid monsters like the plague and need to find enough food and supplies before the night comes. This is where the first major difference is. You dont really get to build yourself a shelter- at least not right away. You spend those extra dark and lonely night standing next to your flame, like a moth hoping none of those tall eyeball monsters are come to kick you into oblivion.
When the next day finally begins, you continue your rush around to gather more supplies, make science machines or alchemy labs and try and set up a camp of sorts.
The score in game is measured by the number of days you survive through. The most I have gotten is 8 days, and as far as I can tell on Reddit, the real shit doesn’t go down until around 100 days. So I have gotten a long way to go. Each play through, when you die, you receive a whole bunch of EXP.When you gain a new level, you can unlock new characters with different abilities.
One of the things that I would have said was a flaw had I written this yesterday was that its an in-browser game. I have to open chrome and play from there. It was annoying at first yes, but here I am at work, on a different computer with very little work to do, and all I have to do is sign into chrome and its all right there for me.
The graphics for this game are relatively simple and the art is a cool Tim Burton/Steam Punk combination of what looks like cut out pieces of paper. You get to see multiple different “biomes” through the world you spawn in and very soon you move on to the next world full of new things. You’ll have to play to find out.
You can download the free demo on their site and its totally worth it. If you buy it soon, you can get two copies. (thank you Tequito, for letting me use your second copy) And once you get really into it here is the Don’t Starve Wiki page and the r/Don’tStarve subreddit.
And here is the guide from the wiki. this just changes how I play the game all together. Very good idea to read this before you invest too much time into the game.