Don't Starve

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Don't Starve
Don't Starve
Klei Entertainment
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, PS4, PSVita, Wii U, iPad
Release Date
April 23rd, 2013
Action-adventure, survival horror, sandbox, roguelike
Singleplayer (Sandbox, Adventure)
Download, Steam

Don't Starve is a Roguelike dark fantasy survival game created by Klei Entertainment and released in April, 2013. It is currently available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux through Steam or stand-alone application. Don't Starve is also available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita,[1] and Wii U.[2] It was also released in July 2015 for Apple iOS "Don't Starve - Pocket Edition" (Android version - v 0.5 October 14, 2016), including all the content of the Desktop version together with the Reign of Giants DLC.


Don't Starve challenges the player to survive in a wilderness environment for as long as possible. In Sandbox Mode, the only way the game ends is with the player's death or by restarting the game in a new random world through the use of the Wooden Thing. When the player dies they are awarded Experience for the number of days they survived. Each death provides experience, which is added to a cumulative total and used to unlock additional playable characters. Although death is permanent and the player's world will be lost when the game ends, various methods of resurrection can be found to stave-off the inevitable.

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The canonical game plot centers around Wilson, a gentleman scientist tricked by the mysterious Maxwell into building a machine which transports him to a strange world filled with monsters and other challenges.[3] The player must help Wilson navigate the various worlds of Adventure Mode, which offer more difficulty as the game progresses. Wilson will begin to understand why Maxwell brought him into this world and the terrible secret of his power. Along the way, the player will find an extra character who can only be unlocked during Adventure Mode, and he will eventually confront Maxwell himself.


The game's developer, Klei Entertainment, has committed to a series of game updates for at least 6 months after the game's initial release. A large portion of these updates have focused on adding a new environment (Caves) to the game, along with other new content and bug fixes.[4]


Main article: DLC

Reign of Giants

Don't Starve: Reign of Giants was the first downloadable content pack created for Don't Starve.


Don't Starve: Shipwrecked is the second downloadable content pack created for Don't Starve.

Other Don't Starve games and versions

Don't Starve Together

Don't Starve Together is the multiplayer expansion of Don't Starve, distributed independently from Don't Starve game in Steam.

Giants Edition

Don't Starve: Giants Edition is the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita port of Don't Starve, containing the Reign of Giants DLC.

Console Edition

Don't Starve: Console Edition is the PlayStation 4 port of Don't Starve

Pocket Edition

Don't Starve Pocket Edition is the iOS 8+/Android 5.1+ game, containing the Reign of Giants DLC.

Pocket Edition: Shipwrecked

Don't Starve Pocket Edition: Shipwrecked is sold as a separate app for iOS 8+, and it only includes the Shipwrecked DLC.


Don't Starve has received moderately positive reviews from critics. GameRankings has given it a combined score of 78.69%, while Metacritic gives it 79/100. Armchair Empire rated the game 8.5/10 saying, "Players looking for a game that will consume them for the next while should consider Don't Starve. The whole process of gathering supplies, and making a go of surviving in the wild while fending off starvation, madness, and predators is quite entertaining."[5] Hardcore Gamer Magazine however was more negative, giving the game only a 2.5/5 rating and saying, "Unless there’s a major update in the near future, you’d be better off waiting until it inevitably becomes part of an indie bundle so that you can briefly jump in and enjoy its first few hours. Until then, your money and time should be spent elsewhere."[6]

Don't Starve was a finalist for the grand prize and "Excellence in Design" subcategory at the 2014 Independent Games Festival awards ceremony; it also received honorable mentions for "Excellence in Visual Art" and "Excellence in Audio." [7]

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  • Upon starting a game in the PlayStation 4 version of Don't Starve, Wilson's origin will play, however the scene where Wilson cuts his hand is skipped to the part where he drips the blood into the beaker, which has been recolored to blue.

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