Anyone else playing Don't Starve?

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#1 Edited by TheSouthernDandy (3859 posts) -

I played the demo last night then paid to get in on the beta. Anybody else playing this?

If you're unfamiliar it's the new game by Klei (Shank, Mark of the Ninja) and it's essentially a sorta Minecraft-esque survival game where you're dropped in a randomly generated world with no instructions and no tools and you have to see how long you survive. You harvest and craft things like Minecraft but there's less of a focus on building and more of a focus on not dying. You need to eat or you die (hence the title) and at night you need to build a fire and keep it fueled or some big scary monster kills you. You also research new items to build which persists through multiple playthroughs.

So far I'm really enjoying it, Klei does a great job with art style and this is no exception, it's got a sorta dark gothic look to it. Lots of personality. The game itself is fun to play although I've found through multiple playthroughs the initial few minutes feel a little grind-y when you're trying to find the basics. The game is in beta and they're planning to keep updating it on a schedule, kinda strange that these paid beta's are becoming a regular thing but it'll be interesting to see what gets added.

Anyone else tried it? I'd totally recommend at least trying the demo, you can play it on Steam or on Chrome, which is where I'm playing it.

#2 Posted by Ares42 (2626 posts) -

Been playing it quite a bit the last few days, and I have mixed feelings about it. It's sorta hard to tell, but it seems like they're going for a toybox feeling atm (which I'm not really into), but then again it's just a beta so maybe it'll turn into more of a game as they get further along. I do worry about the fact that it's on an "early 2013" release window though. If they really plan on launching within a few months the amount of content and the current balance of it won't really satisfy people very long, and there's only so much you can really get done in a few months time.

I like the idea though, and the artstyle is great, but it's not really much more than a stylized shallow farm simulator atm.

#3 Posted by Gantrathor (205 posts) -

Man, this game looks cool. I saw it on Steam, but I had no idea that Klei are developing it. The art style looks reminds me of something that Tim Burton would come up with. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this. I might even shell out some cash to get into the beta.

#4 Posted by TruthTellah (8850 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy: I have watched about three hours of the professional livestreamer and all around dapper fellow LethalFrag streaming it. Seems interesting. Glad to hear that it will continue to see a lot of development. Could end up being something quite special.

#5 Posted by Laurentech (127 posts) -

The title led me to assume this was going to be some sort of awesomely offensive game about bulimia. Kinda disappointed. I don't really want more Minecraft. D:

#6 Posted by Levius (1115 posts) -

I had read about this game a few weeks ago and it seemed really cool, thanks for the reminder as I had completely forgot about it.

#7 Posted by Jimbo (9804 posts) -

I've been playing it my whole life. Very, very successfully.

#8 Posted by onarum (2066 posts) -

Yep, got it at the beginning of the week, and yeah it' s pretty much topdown minecraft with a very cool artstyle and no digging or building blocks, hard as all hell too and the progression is SLOOOWWWW, at first every single bolder you mined gave you at least 1 gold nugget and I used to put a lot of gold nuggets on science machines to get lots of science points fast but after the last update the incidence of gold nuggets decreased considerably.... now my main source of science points is wood, which is 2 a pop... but that fells obviously deliberate since all upgrades and science points are persistent between plays, so the goal is to always get as far as you can and the next time you would, theoretically, get a little bit farther.
 
Also I happen to have an extra copy of it, anyone that want's it send me a pm saying so, I'll put your names on a random name picker of sorts and let it decide :p

#9 Edited by deskp (448 posts) -

@onarum: dig up graves and feed the result to the science machine for 80 points per piece!

feed the pig king meat to get more gold!

I love this game, steam tells me I already played 32 hours of it!

Anyone think this could possibly be on Spookin' with Scoops?

#10 Posted by onarum (2066 posts) -
@deskp said:

@onarum: dig up graves and feed the result to the science machine for 80 points per piece!

feed the pig king meat to get more gold!

I love this game, steam tells me I already played 32 hours of it!

Anyone think this could possibly be on Spookin' with Scoops?

O wow, I don't know how I never thought about digging the graves, I was actually wondering what was the purpose of the shovel.
 
Also I don't think this is scary enough for Spookin' with Scoops, they should do a quick look of it though.
#11 Posted by deskp (448 posts) -

@onarum said:

O wow, I don't know how I never thought about digging the graves, I was actually wondering what was the purpose of the shovel.

you can also dig up some stuff and replant it wherever you want ;)

#12 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3859 posts) -

@TruthTellah: Yeah if they commit to updating it, it could be a pretty awesome game. Even at this stage I'm having a lot of fun with it.

#13 Edited by Tru3_Blu3 (3203 posts) -

I love the game's style. Reminds me of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

#14 Posted by Atwa (617 posts) -

I'll pick it up this friday when I get money. Love everything about this game, from the looks to the concept. I just love trying to survive for as long as possible, its just fun to me. 

#15 Posted by deskp (448 posts) -

@Atwa said:

I'll pick it up this friday when I get money. Love everything about this game, from the looks to the concept. I just love trying to survive for as long as possible, its just fun to me.

I recomend buying it through their website, you get 2 steam keys and 2 chrome keys... THATS 4 COPIES!

#16 Posted by Atwa (617 posts) -
@deskp said:

@Atwa said:

I'll pick it up this friday when I get money. Love everything about this game, from the looks to the concept. I just love trying to survive for as long as possible, its just fun to me.

I recomend buying it through their website, you get 2 steam keys and 2 chrome keys... THATS 4 COPIES!

Wow really? You get steam keys from them as well? Very cool, will definitely do that. 
#17 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

This game is a lot of fun! Got up to day 16 and I just keep finding little new things to learn, really curious what other crazy stuff they are going to put in.

I have an extra key too, anybody wants to trade it for another indie game?

#18 Posted by AlexW00d (6240 posts) -

I saw some screenshots of it yesterday and thought "Huh, that art style looks a lot like Ice Pick Lodge's new game they kickstarted back in July, oh and it's a supposed horror game, oh and it's essentially the same game but set outside instead of in a house and you need to stop being hungry instead of insane, cool!" Hopefully it's just a coincidence, but it does look cool either way.

#19 Posted by jaxjaggywires (70 posts) -

Well, after the QL, I played for the first time tonight...got up to day 7 got mauled by dogs. Had previously gone to day 6 and tried my luck at a huge spider nest, with poor results.

Not a bad little game...

#20 Posted by vegoku (97 posts) -

I picked it up after the QL. Its great. Apparently it came with a copy to send to someone. PM me if you want to trade or something.

#21 Posted by Ravelle (1252 posts) -

I always get slaughtered by night demons because I can't find the right stuff before it gets dark haha, great game though. It's pretty solid for a beta.

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#22 Posted by davidwitten22 (1708 posts) -

I saw the QL and now I'm very interested in this game, waiting on buying it though. Trying to see if anyone is interested in joining in on buying it with me. Then it would only cost us $6 each. PM me if you're interested, otherwise I'll probably just splurge and buy it anyways

#23 Posted by commonoutlier (136 posts) -

I saw it when it popped up on Steam, it's got a charming visual style (the same thing that drew me into Mark of the Ninja). I didn't bother looking to see if there was a demo, but now that I know there is one, I'll have to give it a try...I need a break from finals studying/work anyway.

#24 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

After I watched the quick look I liked what I saw so I decided to bookmark it until it goes full release. But everyone's positive words about it in this thread is starting to change my mind about waiting.

#25 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (886 posts) -

Yeah, saw half of the QL (only half since the damn videos load like crap when not on Youtube) and decided I needed it. I am on my second dude right now, managed six days the first time, on day 17 now. Got a small base going, now I just need to find a reliable way of getting gold. It's really fun, looking forward to see what more they do with it.

#26 Edited by John1912 (1862 posts) -

Are tier 2 items as far as the beta goes? Also I noticed the OP's screen shot shows the pigman with a spear and a helmet. There something I have to do to allow him to equip items? Mine wouldnt take anything from me. Game is really addicting ><

#27 Edited by Cerevisiae (75 posts) -

It looks so good to me that I don't want to play the Beta. I'd rather wait for the full game to come out.

#28 Edited by xxNBxx (973 posts) -

@Jaqen_HGhar said:

Yeah, saw half of the QL (only half since the damn videos load like crap when not on Youtube) and decided I needed it. I am on my second dude right now, managed six days the first time, on day 17 now. Got a small base going, now I just need to find a reliable way of getting gold. It's really fun, looking forward to see what more they do with it.

same thing happened to me, but on the 17th day i found a spider nest and made a camp relatively close hoping that i could just let them come to me and kill them by my fire. Then I got mass attacked by like 30 of them and could only fight off 10 before they got me.

#29 Posted by NickNotch (68 posts) -

Anyone interested in my second copy of the game?

#30 Posted by Ghostiet (5252 posts) -

@NickNotch said:

Anyone interested in my second copy of the game?

Me!

#31 Posted by eroticfishcake (7783 posts) -

Reminds me of Schiffbruch, anyone ever played that? Worth a look if you're interested in the concept. Old and simple but fun for ten minutes.

#32 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Ghostiet said:

@NickNotch said:

Anyone interested in my second copy of the game?

Me!

DAMN YOU!
#33 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (886 posts) -

@xxNBxx: Been keeping away from the nests after almost dying my first day due to one of them. I did get jumped by around five from a nearby one during day 16, but I just made it. Luckily I had my spear ready, just in case.

I really like the style of the game. The graphics and the sounds fits it perfectly.

#34 Posted by Aviar (427 posts) -

Picked it up yesterday after watching the quick look. Played the demo in the browser and loaded up steam immediately and purchased it.

#35 Posted by BBAlpert (1447 posts) -

A quick tip for getting research points relatively quickly/easily: Start up a new game, make a shovel, and dig up every patch of grass you come across. Use the grass to make ropes, then throw all your ropes and grass tuft/root things into the research machine for about 20-30 points each. I'd only recommend doing this in a throwaway game, since you're destroying your only source of grass in this process, but you can knock out a big chunk of the research over the course of one or two game days, and not have to worry about it any more.

Although I think I heard that they may be doing away with the research system altogether in one of the upcoming updates, so you could also just wait for that instead.

#36 Posted by BisonHero (6453 posts) -
@BBAlpert Isn't that kind of the only thing to work toward? It sounds like people can come up with a pretty sustainable homestead after learning the ropes for a bit. How easy is that to pull off? Is it just a matter of moving enough berry bushes, planting pinecones near your base, etc.?
#37 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Are there any other Steam keys floating around that people would like to trade? I've got a few gift copies of Steam games I'd be willing to swap for a key.

#38 Posted by M_Shini (551 posts) -

I kinda don't want to play it till its out of beta because i know i wont come back after ive spent my time with it

#39 Posted by BBAlpert (1447 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

@BBAlpert Isn't that kind of the only thing to work toward? It sounds like people can come up with a pretty sustainable homestead after learning the ropes for a bit. How easy is that to pull off? Is it just a matter of moving enough berry bushes, planting pinecones near your base, etc.?

Planting pine cones works, but berry bushes, saplings, and grass tufts don't grow anything if dug up and replanted unless you fertilize them with manure (which I have yet to find in any of my games). But you're right, beyond just unlocking stuff, getting to "sustainable" seems to be the biggest draw of the game as it is now. And once you figure out what you're doing, it's not all that difficult to set up a steady supply of food and fuel for the fire (note: you can use things other than logs to sustain a fire or start one in a fire pit).

#40 Posted by zudthespud (3281 posts) -

I tried the demo, I thought it looked neat but it's basically minecraft without the building, and that's the best bit.

#41 Posted by Kidavenger (3536 posts) -
#42 Posted by awesomeusername (4175 posts) -

I'd pay $7 max for it. I ain't crazy enough to spend $15 on a game where you just survive. That's insane.

#43 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2452 posts) -

@awesomeusername: Well, it's currently $12 on steam and you get an extra copy when you buy it so you could split the cost with a friend.

#44 Posted by awesomeusername (4175 posts) -

@yoshimitz707: I don't know anyone who uses Steam besides my brother and I'm not that interested in it anyways. It looks like fun for a couple minutes and then *fart noise*.

#45 Posted by BBAlpert (1447 posts) -

In the game's defense, there is a bit more content than the stuff that's available where you start out. If you travel far enough out, you should eventually hit some other environments, some with different plants and monsters. It's not a huge change to the game, and you could still probably get by almost indefinitely in the starting area if you wanted to, but it does open up a little bit more than I was giving it credit for.

#46 Posted by seanvail99 (130 posts) -

I would love to see an ios port of this. Could see myself wasting all kinds of time with it on the ipad while watching tv. On the desktop? Not so much.

#47 Edited by AssInAss (2621 posts) -

@AlexW00d said:

I saw some screenshots of it yesterday and thought "Huh, that art style looks a lot like Ice Pick Lodge's new game they kickstarted back in July, oh and it's a supposed horror game, oh and it's essentially the same game but set outside instead of in a house and you need to stop being hungry instead of insane, cool!" Hopefully it's just a coincidence, but it does look cool either way.

So I wasn't crazy for thinking the same, although this looks a lot cuter :)

Mark of the Ninja is my early GOTY, so I'll definitely check it out. I've been playing Miasmata too, similar survival horror vibe.

#48 Posted by D_W (1148 posts) -

This game is pretty interesting. Though I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much. If you think about it you're not doing much more than clicking on stuff. Not Starving is actually really easy. Getting and maintaining resources outside of stone isn't all that hard depending on your map. The only real danger from monsters is the random hog creatures that hunt you down, but usually you can kite them to other creatures and deal with them that way.

But there's something really enjoyable about this game. I don't know what it is exactly.

#49 Edited by Mercer (204 posts) -

freaking awesome to discover all the weird things they packed in this game. it's like playing a Tim Burton movie

PS I just realized i could turn the camera and my mind broke

PPS Built a permanent settlement near spider nest....can't get their little rawring sound out of my head

#50 Posted by D_W (1148 posts) -

@Mercer: How do you turn the camera?

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