The Survivalists Review (Steam)

A living world full of surprises, secrets, and danger awaits in The Survivalists, an adventure-filled survival sandbox set in The Escapists universe. Explore, build, craft, and even train monkeys with up to three friends in a desperate bid to survive. Have you got what it takes to be a Survivalist?


  • Modern pixel art graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync.
  • Dyslexia assist option.
  • How to play section. Text-based.
  • 10 save slots.
  • Tutorial prompts-on/off.
  • Host/search games.
  • Survival gameplay.
  • Character customization-skin color, body type, hairstyle, accessories, and clothing colors.
  • Building-use the blueprint to place the item then collect the materials for it to have it built. Blueprint mode turns the game world into graph paper to help with placement.
  • Map uncovers as you play and you can place custom markers.
  • Day/night cycle with loads of enemies and monsters spawning at night.
  • Bed-save or sleep point.
  • Crafting recipes–as you craft, you unlock new recipes.
  • Treasure maps-show a spot and location with a brief clue.
  • Health bar that depletes over time but eating will regain your health.
  • Stamina bar-used for running and rolling.
  • Lore-discovered by picking up notes.
  • Death-you drop everything.
  • Ship to buy/sell treasure maps, items, keys, and do tasks for rewards. This ship shop will travel around the map and be in different places.
  • Monkeys-you can have these guys do tasks for you like cutting down materials, crafting, or even fighting. It uses a clever system whereby they watch and learn from you.
  • Monkeys will earn exp and get better at tasks.
  • A constant flow of tips, lore, and treasure maps.
  • Vaults and dungeons are separate little instances with heavy combat and puzzles to solve.
  • Pure productivity killer.
  • Time just flies by.
  • Teleporters-craft and use as fast travel.
  • Boats-craft so you can explore other islands.
  • Play how you want.
  • Treasure maps also start off like tutorial quests to prepare you.
  • Multi tool-what you use to build items once the recipe and materials are collected. You can also give this to a monkey for them to do it for you.
  • Many items to build including traps for animals, boats, training dummies, and weapons, and tools.
  • Clear timers for building and the health or durability of an object.
  • Each tool has a charge up an attack that does an area of effect.
  • Telescope-use to scan the map and uncover parts of it.
  • Mysterious chest-huge chest storage but you can also use it to carry items between online games.

The Survivalists Review (Steam)


  • Cold opening section.
  • No way to turn off the death penalty.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • A lot of walking back to where you died.
  • Rough initial start due to small storage and working out what icons mean and do.
  • Combat is messy and hard to follow.
  • The camera angle makes looking around the land tricky.
  • Felt like I had to just craft everything at least once just to advance the craft/blueprint tables so I could get to the good stuff.
  • It gets straight forward but every now and then training monkeys doesn’t always work.
  • Slow-paced.
  • Feels like the day/night cycle is short.
  • Needlessly awkward boat controls.
  • The hunger meter goes down fast and basic food is pointless as it does so little.
  • No quick save so you have to have a bed in order to save your game.

The Survivalists Review (Steam)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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