Don't Starve Review
Don't Starve Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Klei Entertainment
Pub: Klei Entertainment
Release: January 7, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Don’t Starve came out on PC earlier this year, and the port to PS4 came with one challenge that the development team at Klei handled very well – the translation of the control scheme to a controller. While I’m sure it’s quite a bit easier to navigate menus on the PC platform, the control scheme of the PS4 version works well and gives you the ability to switch between and use items efficiently with a little practice. Starting off can be a bit of a challenge, but once you learn the controls they flow relatively well without detracting from the fun of survival. My fear for this game being adapted for console was that I would be trapped in an endless loop of menus, crafting and creating for the majority of my time instead of exploring and surviving. Thankfully, the control scheme is balanced enough to allow you to move in and out of menus quickly and effortlessly, once you get the hang of it.

Don't Starve Screenshot

Visually, this game isn’t a feat of graphical engineering, but it doesn’t have to be. The art style is dark, with a hand-drawn look, and with characters that have comical cartoon appeal, without looking like it is intended for children. Due to this low-tech approach to visuals, I have yet to see any graphical flaws in the game as a whole. Character and world animations are unfailingly consistent and the artistic flair that is prevalent in independent games shines through to create a rich world to explore. Add to that the comical soundscape creatures and Charlie Brown Teacher voice overs, along with a soundtrack that would make Tim Burton proud, and you have a complete package that will keep you engaged to what is truly important in this game – survival.

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Don’t Starve isn’t perfect, but it brings something to the PS4 that is sorely needed. Its addictive qualities keep you playing, forcing you to lose hours of your life to dodging Pig Men, hunting rabbits, and gathering supplies to see how long you can last. This game will keep you playing that shiny new PS4, which is exactly what the PS4 needs right now. Now, time to jump in this rabbit hole and go to the Kingdom of the Bunnymen…hopefully.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: January 9, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The darkly sketched art style is both unique and appropriate.
4.0
Control
The controls translate well to a controller from PC, with only a few minor hiccups.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
With no audible dialogue, this game relies solely on its comical sounds and Tim Burton-like soundtrack.
4.5
Play Value
An overall addictive experience that will keep you playing.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world.
  • Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises.
  • Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play it your own way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.

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