Conclusion: Like most roguelikes, progress in Don't Starve oftentimes feels like a Sisyphean task. Time spent battling shadow creatures, building a farm, and ultimately, an inevitable death are rewarding once they get going, but failure to recognize success robs them of meaning.
Pros: Beautiful presentation, Robust crafting system, Interesting story bits
Cons: Little sense of reward or accomplishment, Menial tasks quickly become tedious
Excerpt: The problem was that my stomach seemed uninterested to actually quit its rumblings after ingesting the cooked mushrooms, so I needed to use the honey to make sure that I did not actually starve.
Pros: + Surprising world, + Solid crafting
Cons: - Can become repetitive, - Control scheme requires some time to adapt
Summary: Being the latest entry in a series of Survival-Craft games, Don’t Starve might sound like more of a niche title. However it is accessible enough for those that don’t normally play this type of game.
Excerpt: This game is not about success or even about progress, this is an experience about pure survival, about using the environment and a limited about of skills to make sure that there’s a fire burning at night and that one has enough food to fill an ever growling belly.
Excerpt: If gaming could be said to have a counter culture, it would be fair to say the survival game is one of the darlings of said culture. In the case of Don’t Starve there are no brain munching fiends in evidence, instead there is a focus on the basics of survival; fire to stay safe at night, and food to...
Excerpt: I never played Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve when it was available on PC. I was interested, but it wasn't until it came to the PlayStation 4 that I first attempted survival in this unforgiving, gothic-inspired world reminiscent of something from the mind of Tim Burton.
Summary: I sat across the fire from my longtime companion, Philip the pigman, in complete silence. Philip and I had been through a lot together, hunting down terrifying creatures of the night, felling mighty trees, and scoffing all the food we could find. He was both my best friend, and my only friend.