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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I'd just be repeating suggestions from others (The Long Dark, Subnautica, Raft) and I don't play Match 3 games, but I had a nice (if repetitive) survival game for mobile - "Survive - Wilderness survival" from Juuso Hietalahti (on Android) and it kept me entertained through a couple train rides, even though it's the most fun the first time and then it's pretty much rinse and repeat

2 weeks ago
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Well I don't know how long your train rides were, but for mobile I'm looking for something in 20-30 minutes range as that'd be my average commute time. That game you suggested looks interesting but very... it's on the tip of my tounge but I can't figure the word I'm looking for... meta, from the lack of a better descriptor. lots of bars, numbers, stats, maybe some text to tell me what happened but not much of a "proper gameplay". For survival I want to get more of a "hands on" experience. Chop that tree. Haul that stone. Punch that bear! Not just be told that during my exploration I punched a bear and brought a couple oaks worth of planks back into the camp...

2 weeks ago
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sure, understandable. Just a suggestion, maybe someone will find it interesting (I know I did the first 2-3 times)

2 weeks ago
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indeed. there's no such thing as wrong suggestion :)

2 weeks ago
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Well, I can suggest My Time at Portia. Maybe it's not a typical survival, where everything is trying to kill you, but there are plenty of cute animals. And there is also a lot of crafting. I played it and it is very relaxing game - there is a story, but it is very simple. I can really reccomend it for you. :)

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I thought it's just a straight up farming sim. Does it even have a food gauge to fill or at least a clock running out forcing me to finish my chores before sundown? Or do I just leisurly enjoy my eponymous time at Portia?

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Screw it. I just saw a screenshot with ppl riding horses there! Now I must play it! :D

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There aren't any food or thirst gauges but there is stamina and every action requiers it and if you run out of it you can't do any other actions, you just need to go to sleep to restore it. There is circadian rhythm and it influence game, for example some characters are available only in appointed hours, but yes - this game is mainly about enjoying your time at Portia and crafting. :D To be honest I was positively surprised with this game and I even spent about 150 hours in it. :P

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Yeah, so largely NOT what I'm looking for atm but a really interesting title nonetheless. A friend of mine was also highly praising it so definetly something to pick up when I'll be in the mood for some relaxing farming sim :)

2 weeks ago
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Bump for salvation!

2 weeks ago
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It's not a mobile game, but The Legend of Bum-bo is a fun match-3 game you can play at home!

2 weeks ago
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ahh... I have a sort of a love-hate thing with Edmund and I'm affraid it's more of a hate part... and I'm really not interested in match 3s for PC. at least for now...

2 weeks ago
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Yeaaa, he's unconventional to say the least.
Non-combat focused survival games are so niche, the only one I can think of that hasn't been recommended is Pathologic 2.
I haven't played it yet (definitely plan to!), but it seems like it's supposed to be a "realistic" survival-type game set in a depressing plague-ridden world. Dunno if that's your cup of tea! :x

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I played or at least tried to play the first one and the second is mostly a remake from what I gather. It's not really much of a survival game, it's largely a narrative experience with a focus on walking I'd hate to just call it a walking sim 'cause there's much more to it, but you walk a whole lot, and it's slow, and annoying, and you spend most of your time just walking (unless you read very slow 'cause there's also a lot of dialogue to read) It's really not bad but quite off from what I'm looking for

2 weeks ago
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I'm racking my brain coming up with a non-combat survival game, b/c honestly it's something I've wanted to play too.
Unveil looks to fit the criteria, but I've haven't the faintest clue on the quality of the game. Based on the reviews though, it seems really tough!
Also, I'm surprised no one's mentioned The Forest. You can totally disable the monsters in that game if you're just interested in the survival aspects.

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Unveil looks amazing!
I was much aware of The Forest but I was also aware how combat heavy it was with all the cannibals and weird bodyparts monsters so it was putting me off. However I was not aware you can disable those! That's a real gamechanger. I only wonder If it won't get too boring and easy without the constant threat as the game was designed with it in mind...

1 week ago
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I always hated survival games, crafting isn't my cup of tea at all. Bump for you!

2 weeks ago
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A lot of people have talked about The Long Dark already, but I am obligated to reiterate that the game is amazing. Atmosphere is fantastic, the game does not feel boring EVER, story mode is really good and just the "indefinite survival" and challenges really spice it up and bring it up a notch. Definitely recommend you to buy the game, it is worth its full price imho, but it always gets heavily discounted on sales.

Devs are extremely active and provide patches and bug corrections frequently. They take their sweet time to update story mode tho, because it has heavy storytelling side and some different mechanics than the other modes. They also took a big hit with COVID iirc, causing their work to be delayed.

2 weeks ago
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yeah, I have a sort of "issue" with "indefinite" titles. it's called backlog, it's evergrowing and frankly as much as I like it, I often feel bad after spending a hundred hours in a game that cannot and will not end while I have so many games I could have and should have beaten in 20-30 hours...

1 week ago
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Understandable lol. Hopefully you manage to find some time to both kind of games in the near future (the indefinite and the "definite" :P)

1 week ago
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As regarding the mobile game, if you like Visual Novels or story heavy games (and +18 action if you want to), I highly endorse the game Mirror (might be under the name Mirror: The Lost Shards). It is a very very very fun game with good additions to the traditional match-3 gameplay and that I enjoy a lot.

2 weeks ago
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now that's compelling...
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You sure it's on android? I'm having hard time finding it...

1 week ago*
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It definitely was, 'cause when I check Google for "Mirror: The Lost Shards Google Play" the store page still appears, but it is hidden or removed from the store for some reason? Idk. Noticed that are some APKs around, those might be worth it.

1 week ago
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this link yields "não encontrado" to me :/ must be a regional thing...
I guess they might have taken it down for being too lewd (I have no idea what's google policy on that stuff)

1 week ago
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Sad. Have been looking for reasons for it to be removed but couldn't find anything. While googling it, I noticed there were some APKs, so you might be interested in those! If I find anything else abouth them, I will be sure to send you a message!

1 week ago
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Bump

2 weeks ago
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Can't really help with suggestions, but have a bump.

2 weeks ago
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Bump

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Bumf

1 week ago
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Bump!

1 week ago
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The answer is (as some people pointed) Subnautica and maybe Subnautica: Below Zero if you want more Subnautica.

As for puzzle games for android... Mini Metro, Monument Valley 1 and 2 are good (but very short), Bloons TD6 is a lot of fun, and World of Goo is one of my favourites things ever.

Triple Town if you look a match game with not so much micropayment BS

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As for puzzle games for android... Mini Metro, Monument Valley 1 and 2 are good (but very short), Bloons TD6 is a lot of fun, and World of Goo is one of my favourites things ever.

Well those are very good games, I've played some of them, yet none is even close to what I'm looking for right now! This Triple Town if that's the one you mean thing looks kinda fun but not really like a match-3 game... I can't tell from screenshots and store description, is it like 2048 type of game?

1 week ago
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It's not like 2048. It's *kinda match game, with a slide element. Pretty colorful and fun. Give it a try, it's free :)

1 week ago
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bump

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It's never too late!

1 week ago
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for the first one you might like green project, haven't seen it mentioned yet.

as for a decent m3 on mobile, I'd love to find one too, all the seemingly good ones (homescapes, etc.) start relying on power-ups way too soon. there's always some event or whatever going with some random power-ups or unlimited lives, so firing it up randomly for half an hour or so seems to work, though I don't do it very often, so it's probably not something to play daily.

1 week ago
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oh, wow! such a great suggestion! it's looks like it could be a real hidden gem!

1 week ago
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haven't pulled the trigger yet myself, I should probably check some reviews and gameplay videos to see if it's something I'd like. no combat is definitely a plus, but I like my crafting/survival games without actual survival elements, just eat or sleep to replenish health. let me know what you think and how it is if you give it a shot.

1 week ago
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I sure will but I'm not too trigger happy either :)

1 week ago
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I am not sure if someone already recomended it, but Green hell has some nice jungle to live in and some time ago they added difficulty that removes all most things you would need to fight with, except venomous spiders, snakes and scorpions.
Or I personaly like more their older game Stranded deep, where you crashed on island and just try to survive and sometimes you fight with shark, snake or pig. Game moved a lot since their first years.
Also interesting fightless survival concept has that game.

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yes, green hell was mentioned, but thanks for bringing it up again, multiple recommandations for one game reinforce it's standing as something really good rather than just appealing to a single person. I was not aware that stranded deep was made by the same people. It also seems like a great candidate.
he heh I've seen that hobo game before, kinda forgot about it and tbh I wouldn't have thought of it in this survival-craft concept :D I'm not sure about it being "fightless" though, there seems to be some fighting in the trailer on store page...

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I don't know, I remember watching hobo game at its starts and it got a lot bigger, fights had been added later. I just remember some crazy streams, where you could stop person on street, beg money from him, then steal him condom from pocket and sell it back to him. It looked as fun game.

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