We play the game of survival every day. Work, family, friends, and so on, we’re all just trying to get through the day, save enough acorns for tomorrow, and be happy doing it. And also creative. The problem with many “survival” video games is a lack of creativity. The developer may give you some options but ultimately, there’s a path you have to follow.
Survive the Nights seems to be that rare sandbox that truly delivers creativity.
It has survived and thrived on Kickstarter, kicking well past its goal of £12,000. With 5 days left as of today, it’s at £86,285.
So what’s the draw? There’s a whole lot of stuff you can do. It’s probably the closest to Robinson Crusoe you can get in a game these days. It’s a zombie world, and to survive in it, you have to take advantage of daylight to scavenge supplies, improve your shelter, and fix up vehicles and so on. Every building is inhabitable and modifiable. You use what you scavenge to make traps, fortify your crib, create weapons. Of course, I don’t expect total MacGyver (a machine gun out of bottle caps and nylon stockings), but it seems you can get pretty creative, or at least, very scrappy.
It’s multiplayer, so you can work with others or kill and loot, just like in the real world. And just like in the real world, there are a ton of things that’ll mess you up. If you don’t eat, you get woozy. If you kill the innocent, your marbles get rattled. You can go crazy, which I’m sure would happen a lot more than what you see on The Walking Dead.
The awesome-looking game will be out on Windows and Mac sometime next Spring.