Hi!
I've been feeling for some particular games lately but can't really find anything that fits my requirements so I figured I'd ask around and maybe one of you wonderfull people will be able to help me!

Firstly I'm looking for some sort of "open world survival craft" type of game but with a particular focus on surviving in the environment rather than fighting. Many of those type of games have you stranded in a land full of overly aggressive fauna and sometimes even flora! or inhabited by some tribe of maniacal killers, cannibals and/or supernatural horrors! Thus it quickly turns from protecting yourself from elements and foraging for food into deploying military campaigns or fortifying against numerous onslaughts as food and water quickly become abundant. I want none of that. Just man vs nature. And reasonable nature - animals wild and scared of humans, more keen on running or hiding rather than attacking my camp en masse! Oh, and I'd rather have it be a first/third person solo type of thing, rather than controlling a whole colony. I hope it illustrates enough what I'm looking for. If it might help I got this idea while watching primitive technology so yeah, something similar to that will be fine :D

Secondly I'm looking for a mobile game (android) to occupy me on the go. And I want it to be Puzzle Quest! Ok, it doesn't have to be puzzle quest exactly but something similar. At least be a decent match 3 without all that RPG flare Puzzle Quest had, but be playable not microtarnaction- and ad-ridden like most match 3s on the playstore are...

Anyway that's all for now. If I could specify some more criteria that could help just ask. I might not reply to every comment, but each one is appreciated 💙 For those that provide some help there a little "reward" in a form of a 🚂. If you can't help just leave a bump - that might help someone who can help find this thread and help me I said "help" too many times in that sentence, didn't I? And something special for groups and ppl I 💙.

If I replied to your comment and you need the ticket to board the train just hit me up :)

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Thank you all for participation and all great recommendations! I'm gonna compile a little list of some titles both for mine future reference and in case it might help someone else in need. For the train ticket it was hidden in zero-width space character in the post. Probably the easiest way to find was just to right-click > inspect and parse through the raw text. Now for the list in no particular order:

  • The long Dark by far the most recommended title around. Seems like a very solid game with active developement team. Solid survival and a story in the works seem to be the highlights of that one but I'm still a bit on the defence about the cold climate and a steep price (athough allegedly it goes on major sales often)
  • Subnautica probably number 2 in recommendation frequency this one catches eye with a very unique underwater setting. Extremly pretty and probably the one I'd personally go for first
  • Arid amazing early access proof of concept! Unluckily it's all that is for now. However I strongly reccomend giving it a try! It's free and took me only 2 hours to see all they have available for now, but it really makes me anticipate the full release
  • Green Hell another one with plenty of recommendations but somehow I cannot get convinced for that one...
  • Green Project Looks to me like it could be a real hidden gem!
  • Raft another title with multiple recommendations and it's also hitting high marks for me especially with it's setting. My only concer is in it beeing forever stuck in ea...
  • and just a few more titles I feel are worth a look but don't feel like elaborating on them Mr. Prepper, Stranded Deep, Unveil, The Forest, Medieval Dynasty, My Time At Portia. They're not all exactly what I was looking for but look fun nonetheless.
    There was many other titles recommended as well but those were the ones that caught my eye the most. Besides I cannot and don't want to relist everything here :D

Anway once again thanks for joining in and have some good time! :)

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yes all games come down to survival against enemies. I want to see what people will offer

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You don't own The Long Dark? o_O

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Should I?

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heck yea, it fits what you're looking for in a survival game perfectly, imo. Also good thing that the steam summer sale isn't so far away now, it usually get's a pretty good discount :).

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ah, I meant more like "was it free" or something like that... The price seems a little steep for a 4 year old game...
Despite the cold envirnoment I'm not a fan of cold. even the virtual one it does look fun and in line with what I'm looking for. Does it have like a clear end goal to achieve or is it more "survive as long as you can before freezing to death" scenario?

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It has a story mode called "Wintermute" but only 3 out of 5 episodes are out yet I think - yea, they're really taking quite a long time to complete this °-°

And then there's also survival modes and different scenarios. I'm only really familiar with the story mode though, and it's been a while since I played through episodes 1-2. But honestly if it gets a steep discount as usual in the summer sale, I'd def. recommend picking it up regardless.

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only 3 out of 5 episodes are out yet

Oh that's nasty! they're not even listed as early access! I'm almost willing to call it a scam at this point! Are the devs even active? When was the last ep added? Do they at least do some minor updates in the meantime? like bugfixes etc? Either way I guess it'd be up to the sales and my wallet to decide...

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Ep.3 was released in late 2019. They definately do update the game a lot, and add new things to survival mode etc.. I'm not really in the loop though of active changes since I myself am waiting for at least another episode to release, to get back into it.

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Ep.3 was released in late 2019. They definately do update the game a lot

that's good to hear. and seems like positive recommendations keep flowing so it's definetly something to try out. If not on the nearest sale then once all eps are out :D

btw did you get to the train and didn't enter any cars or do you need the ticket?

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I'd say the game as such is finished hence not in the early access. Story mode is also as an addition to survival mode which is the main thing for the game. And survival mode is great.

Devs are very active as well, episodes have been coming slowly, but with episode 3 release they also made a redux version for first two episodes as they had learned much in the process and made the story mode even better. You don't have to pay for the new episodes as DLCs and also they postpone release if they feel they are not ready.... khe khem not like 99% of gaming market these days.

They are also active on forums and post fairly often. There has been talk of what comes after Long Dark but nothing solid has been posted as they are working hard on the episodes.

Altough I have to say - it's not for everyone, aside from challenges and story the survival mode actually is "try not to freeze". Environment is very desolate and makes you actually feel cold. I personally enjoy the calm exploration. Have played almost 100 hours and I usually get bored from games fast. So I personally suggest it (at a discount of course.. As much as I understand supporting devs, it has been in bundles.. so..), but do watch some videos and see if you yourself would like it.

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For mobile i can recommend "You Must Build A Boat". Bought it two years ago and had a ton of fun.

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I did play 10000000 it was quite fun but tbh I'm not a huge fan of that "slide the whole row/column" thing instead of "swap to blocks". I didn't know they ported You Must Build A Boat to mobile though

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I may not be able to help since I haven't played too many survival games, but I am curious what you mean by survival. Are you looking specifically for games that have survival elements where you have to try to survive or else you will die or are you also interested in games where can just explore as much as you want without the risk of dying.

I like open world exploration games where there is little or no survival elements. I find it relaxing to be able to just explore the game world and discover new things. There needs to be some kind of task to be doing though, I don't want to just wander for the sake of wandering.

I liked Eidolon a lot. This game has one of the biggest open world maps I have played. On top of that, there is very little to do in the and the survival elements are very minimal and basic, but I managed to put over 50 hours in a single playthrough and enjoyed it a lot. It is mostly walking around a massive game collecting notes scattered around to piece together a few different stories while collecting a few tools to help you. This is certainly not a game for everyone, but you enjoy just wandering around in a game and don't dislike the art style, you may like it.

Another game I enjoyed a lot was Miasmata. This is another game with a lot of exploring and a small amount of survival. This is another game that is not for everyone. It is an indie game made by two people and it has some things that people don't like. It has a walking mechanic that has momentum and you can trip and fall down hills if you are not careful. A lot of people do not like this, but I enjoyed it.

Both of these games make you keep track of where you are in the world on your own. Eidolon has maps that you can find, but they are hand drawn and there is no marker to tell you where you are on the map. You can get a general idea of where you are by finding things in the game world that you can recognize on the map (streams, lakes, shore lines, cities, power lines, stuff like that). In Miasmata you can find pieces of maps, but you mainly will be creating your own map by triangulating your position based of structures which will reveal small parts of the map as if you are drawing it yourself as you explore.

Here's some other games that I am interested in, but haven't played yet and don't know if they are anything like what you are looking for. Some of them may be more of walking simulators with exploration rather than open world survival.
The Long Dark
Arctico
ALASKA
Walden, a game (I think this is more of a narrative game that talks about surviving on the land rather than actually having to do it in the game, probably not what you are looking for)
Oracle (not sure if this has any survival or crafting, might just be a walking sim/ exploration)
Northern Lights
ASTRONEER
Among Trees
No Man's Sky
Novus Inceptio (think it is abandoned)
Medieval Dynasty (not sure if this has fighting)

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I definetly don't want a walking sim or narrative experience. Ideally survivalcrafting should be the core of the gameplay and with some difficult end goal like you're on deserted island and got to survive while you aim to build a boat to escape or something like that.

The Long Dark
Arctico
ALASKA
Northern Lights

why are some many of them set in cold places?! 🥶

Oracle

that looks super pretty but I don't think it's what I'm looking for...

Medieval Dynasty

not quite what I had in mind at first but it might be surprisingly close to what I'm looking for!

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I don't know why, but I find games with snow kind of cozy and relaxing and I really enjoy them, especially with a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. There's a bunch on the list because I scrolled through my wishlist to find games.

I originally though Oracle was going to be a survival game and might have crafting, but it looks like it's just a walking sim where you can explore the wilderness and listen to the story unfold. I haven't played any of those games and didn't do a lot of research on them, I was just trying to find some games that looked like open world survival without fighting that you could look into.

I was looking through some of the negative reviews of Medieval Dynasty and saw someone complain about fighting a fox and weapons breaking, so I'm not sure if you just need to kill animals to eat or if it has fighting with other people. Also, it sounds like the game is an RPG where you have to develop relationships with people and do quests. I'm not sure if you were looking for something like that either.

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Probably the only case I ever want specifically a "cold" game and I want it mostly for the cold is Skyrim everytime winter hits. I go out, snow all around, blistering cold freezing my face off and this weird thought comes to mind "hey, I kinda wanna play Skyrim again". Every year. I can't explain it. Similarly I get a feeling for Fallout:NV every summer when heatwave hits 😂

I don't mind the RPG elements. It's just in most cases when you have to "survive" you don't really have a thriving village nearby to role-play in. do you?

btw did you get to the train and didn't enter any cars or do you need the ticket?

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I found my ticket, I just already own all the ones I am interested in playing. Thanks though :)

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Thanks and bump ;)

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Haven't started playing it yet but Green Hell might be something to look at.

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Yeah, but doesn't that have like some crazy indigenous amazonian tribes trying to kill you?

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For the first, definitely Subnautica! Open World Survival Craft with an amazing story and all kinds of fauna and flora, with the feel of man vs world! No zombies or monsters, just the planet and you

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looks super demanding, but the requrements listed don't seem so harsh. And I think epic gave it for free so there's a reason to try it.
But does it have like base building or making gear or something? I always though of it as more of an exploration game...

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I actually played it on Epic Games because of that reason! At first I was very skeptic of it but now it has become one of my favorite games. The first game isn't as demanding as the second one, so thankfully my computer could handle it, the second one though I have to play it through GeforceNow.

Also yes! It has base building and you can make your gear too. You do explore the world to gather the materials to craft and so on ^^

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Awesome! I'll definetly look into it now! Thanks a lot!

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Np, hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a try!

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Demesne, The Long Dark, The Wild Eight, Crossworlds: Escape, Fleeting Ages, Hold Your Own, Bromeliad, Arid, Escape the Pacific, My Island, Survisland, PostCollapse, Subsistence
Camping Simulator: The Squad, Lost Shipwreck, Open Country, Among Trees, Cast Ashore, Far North, Deadly Desert, Primal Man, Naked and Afraid, Retreat to Enen, Alaska Gold Fever

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Honestly, It'd be easier with links but I managed to check them all out. A lot of them can't even be bought yet or maybe already, in some cases? and many of them look like "baby's first 3D FPP game" thus I'm worried they might look nice on screenshots and such but not be able to hold their own during gameplay. Despite that there's some appealing propositions there. Have you played any of them yourself?

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suggest watching streamers for everybody's suggestions, to see the gameplay for yourself

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Survival Kids: Kotou no Boukensha on Game Boy Color.

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I bet it'd be great if I had GBC :D

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I wonder why nobody stated Raft. It's good survival game with no enemies except one aggressive shark that wont you to be eaten. It's just you, raft and nature in the form of water.
Seriously, you should try it. As far as I know there is mobile version too, but haven't played it by myself.

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Not a huge fan of early access but it does look pleasant. Do you know if there's some end goal or is it perpetual survival sandbox?
Oh and that's definetly not something I'd like on mobile. FPPs on tiny mobile screen and with touch controls are a nightmare and I mostly play on the phone during commute so not much option to set it somewhere, draw a controller and go for a full gamin session...

sorry for being a grammar nazi but it's stronger than me

aggressive shark that wont you to be eaten

wants. and w/o "to be" I'd sound better. or outright just rephrasing it to "wants to eat you" would be the best. unless the shark itself doesn't want to eat me :D

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There is a story in the background, which keeps you going in this game. It mostly consists out of finding the next bigger island and is mainly told through notes, so you can skip it too or even completely ignore it , but I guess it gets boring fast then. The game isn't done yet but definitly keeps you entertained for 30+ h for now and the updates are coming regularly. If you have someone to play with, it improves a lot and is highly recommended then by me. If you play it solo, it's fun but not a must have at this point

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Yeah I'm mostly short on gaming partners so I tend to focus on solo experiences. It really looks fun and I'll keep en eye on it eith to grab it when the price is right or just when it comes to a finished state or a bundle :D

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Thank you for remarks. I'm not native English speaker, just learning it, so, feedback will be good for me.

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Me neither. But I've been using quite a lot of English and I even had natives told me that they're surprised I'm not native myself. As for the feedback some people are quite touchy when you try to correct them but I really just mean to help them. Learning is a process and if I wasn't corrected myself many times before I wouldn't be where I'm at now

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As mentioned above, you should really try Subnautica, For me personally it is one of my favourite games of all time.
The Long Dark is also one of the games you definitely need to try.
Another game you might enjoy which somewhat fits your categories is Space Engineers (it has some survival aspects, though part of it is in space).
If you want to spice things up, you might also want to try Don't Starve (survival but in a top-down perspective) and Oxygen Not Included (survival of a colony)

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I believe I've tried Space Engineers on some free weekend or such and didn't like it too much but now that I look at it it seems vastly different from what I remember...
I've played Don't Starve, both standard and "Together", and combat is the thing that consistently drives me away from that game. Everything constantly tries to kill me, the combat is imho awful and no matter how geared up I get it's still super punishing and even the simplest monster can wreck me if I don't spend an hour kiting it, dodging it's attacks and poking it in the 3 frames it's vulnerable. no, thank you.
ONI I'm hunting for a while now but it always seems to be out of my wallet's reach :( and it's really not the type of game I'm looking for right now.

Oxygen Bot Included

I love that typo ❤️

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Yeah, Space Engineers is great. Played it a lot in the past. Give it a shot. Usually you can get it quite cheap ^^
Regarding Don't Starve, the combat is actually really easy once you get used to it. You just need to know the attack patterns which are normally well telegraphed, so you don't even need to learn them. I am not quite sure what you are talking about, since monsters, except bosses, go dawn pretty fast with only a few hits (even less with better weapons) but you are right in the sense that it is a punishing game. Though, that's survival for you ^^
You might actually want to grab ONI right now, it is currently heavily discounted. I personally found every penny worth spent when I bought it for it's full price and now you can even get it for less than half of what I paid for it xD

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I am not quite sure what you are talking about, since monsters, except bosses, go dawn pretty fast

That's just the experience I had. I know that's one type of survival and it's part of the reason why I'd like to try a less 'fighty' one now.
ONI is a huge temptation at a current price but in the end of the day I'm a slave to my wallet and It's already unhappy with some recent spendings so I'm not sure if I can squeeze some more from it :(

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Then I hope that you are able to get it soon enough, so that you can enjoy this great game too :)

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Sorry I can't help you directly, but have a bump and good luck on your search! I'll let you know if I think of something fitting your criteria.

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As several others have very wisely stated, if survival is your gig, then Subnautica and The Long Dark should be the first tunes of the show.
Green Hell and Raft are right up there, though (damn, I need to get back into playing Raft!)

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yeah, confirming others' recommendations really help. Do you have much personal experience with Green Hell? I'm mostly curious how it stacks on combat and story. It seems very combat focused and like it quickly turns from survival itself to running errands for tribespeople (?) with a hard focus on story...

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I've only played the Survival Mode, and back when it was still Early Access. I don't recall there being all that much combat. It was primarily scavenging and building, with the occasional animal (though there are a lot of other things that can kill you).

Story Mode might be quite different. It wasn't available back then, so maybe someone else can answer that much better.

After reading your comment above about wanting crafting in the game, The Long Dark doesn't really have much (it's primarily scavenging for supplies, with some fishing and hunting), but Subnautica is most definitely a crafting-based survival game (Raft as well). You craft pretty much everything.

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Start with Raft IMHO, it's great.

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yeah, I'll just pull an unanswered question from above. is there some end goal or is it perpetual survival sandbox?
and I'm really curious how it's faring as an early access? Is it stable or buggy? Does it get updates often or is it stuck in development hell?

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I recommend Grounded - just you vs. nature. After trying ARK, this game was a refreshing change.

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Honestly I don't really like the art direction it's going for and I'm not huge on the setting either, but hey! it's Obsidian! so it's bound to be good :D

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For survival, +1 for the long dark. That is the closest of what you wanted, amd what I'd enjoy in a survival game (but thd coldmakes it look harsh)
For match 3 on mobile, I'd recommend 10000000, and You Must Build a Boat

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Hey, Some idea:

  1. The Long Dark
  2. Raft
  3. GreenHell
  4. Mr. Prepper
    Hope you like =)
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I have to recommend two games:

  1. Valheim. It's strongly a viking setting. It uses a distinctive low-resolution stylized 3D graphics, with a third-person perspective and a combat system inspired by action games. It has bosses, so maybe it's not exactly what you look like. But you can play ignoring the bosses.

  2. The Long Dark: As many have already recommended already, it's you against nature. There is not much crafting, however.

  3. GreenHell: This is quite hardcore. The setting is the Amazonian rainforest. You have to sleep enough to recover and must maintain their health avoiding contact with poisonous animals or unsavory food and avoid injuries. The whole "conserving your energy" is quite interesting.

  4. Conan: This one is strongly open world survival craft. But, it has many human enemies, so just saying if you want to check, but may not be what youy wanted.

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Conan as in Conan Exiles? But isn't that an MMO? or at the very least something like Rust i.e. it's basically PVP slaughterfest but we slapped some base budling and "survival" (in form of some bars that you just have to replenish over time but there's no challange in obtaining food or water as they lie scattered all over the map) just to check more more boxes on the product page. I'm not sure how accurately it describes rust, but I was always under impression that that's how it is and thus was not further interested in rust

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Conan is a MMO with a lot of crafting. And you can play solo or with a friend in some private server. But yeah, too many human enemies, and that's now what you are looking for

The crafting is fun, though

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so yeah, definetly something to keep an eye on but not for right now...

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Was going to recommend Raft, but I see couple ppl got ahead me :)
But as more ppl write about it being awesome, then it's got to be good one
NB! Highly enjoyable with friends XD

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