Day #137: Don’t Starve (Klei)

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Don’t Starve | Klei Entertainment

Synopsis:

[From Don’t Starve’s website:] Play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home

My take:

Don’t Starve falls into that ‘horror-themed, but not scary’ category that I occasionally dip into. There are monsters of various types, and it can definitely be shocking to run out of light in the dark only to be attacked by who knows what as a result, but you’re probably not going to find yourself jumping in fright at any point.

‘Why feature it then?’ you might ask.

Because, Don’t Starve is fun. And, hell, it’s cute. And don’t you all think that we could use some more cute and fun things in our lives?

What I like most about Don’t Starve is that it feels like something Tim Burton would give a nod of approval. Not only because of the art style (although that’s certainly the first thing that came to mind), but because there’s a playful sarcasm that runs throughout the entire game – particularly the story and script. And, yeah, that just tickles my fancy.

I also like that the game developers are continuing to add new features – from expansions such as Reign of Giants, to new features such as multi-player (as shown in the video below). These breathe some new life into the game, and bring their own kind of fun.

If you’re looking for a horror-themed game that’ll afford you some light-hearted entertainment, then Don’t Starve might be the game you’re looking for.

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