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Minecraft
Minecraft

Action 18 November 2011

A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.

Thea 2: The Shattering
Thea 2: The Shattering

Strategy 13 May 2019

Thea 2: The Shattering is a sequel to the 4X strategy with RPG and card game elements developed by MuHa Games. Thea 2 takes us to the same fantasy land as the previous game, where we will find many inspirations from the Slavic mythology. We play as one of the gods who, with the help of his or her chosen heroes, tries to survive in the land of Thea. In terms of gameplay, Thea 2 is an evolution of the mechanics from the first game in the series. We can play in the style of a nomad, focusing only on expeditions and adventures, or have a more strategic approach and build many villages and join the conquered territories to our kingdom. Gathering resources is crucial in Thea 2: The Shattering. We use them in the game's complex crafting system. The lists of ingredients required for crafting items are, like the game's world, generated procedurally.

Fade to Silence
Fade to Silence

Action 30 April 2019

Fade to Silence is a survival action game set in a post-apocalyptic world and developed exclusively for PC Windows. The player assumes the role of a man trying to survive during the eternal winter. On their adventures, the players have to gather resources, build shelters, recruit allies, and fight monsters that roam the ice-bound locations.

Darkwood
Darkwood

Action 17 August 2017

A survival horror game with a top down view. Darkwood is the first commercial project of a Polish studio, Acid Wizard, and its development has been backed up by users voting on the Steam Greenlight platform. The game takes place in a procedurally generated open world, with the player placed in the role of a character trying to survive the confrontations with supernatural beings without losing his sanity in the eponymous dark wood. During a day, the protagonist must find or construct items, which will help him fend off evil entities at night. The gameplay is relatively difficult, combining features of an action game, adventure game, and a cRPG. Simple, two-dimensional visuals are dominated by semidarkness and dark shapes, and the terrifying atmosphere is further bolstered with disturbing audio.

Pathologic 2
Pathologic 2

Adventure Thursday, 23 May 2019

Remake of a unique horror action adventure game from Ice-Pick Lodge, which originally launched in 2005 for PC. Its new version was created according to the developers’ first concept, which was previously impossible to realize in full, due to technological and financial limitations. Pathologic takes you to a small town, whose citizens suffer from a mysterious disease. In order to combat the epidemic the local authorities hire a group of independent individuals, whose task is to stop the spread of the virus before it is too late. All characters work independently from each other and conduct their own investigations. When compared with the original version, Pathologic Remake offers much better graphics, generated by the Unity engine. Emphasis was also put on new quests and plots, better gameplay balance, and improved AI of NPCs, as well as professional voiceover, the lack of which was the biggest fault of the original game.

Outward
Outward

RPG 26 March 2019

A sandbox RPG set in a fantasy world. In Outward the player can join one of four factions that compete with each other. Each faction offers a unique storyline and unique character development paths. The realm the player is exploring is a dynamical place with changing weather conditions, seasons and NPCs that have their own things to take care of. Due to the autosave system, each decision and failure is final and cannot be changed. After being defeated, the protagonist wakes up with no equipment or in slavery. The developers intended to simulate the whole career of an adventurer – from humble beginnings to retirement. An experienced, retired warrior can provide his successor with some of his equipment and teach him skills, so that he can continue the journey. The title also features an arcade combat system, survival features and a crafting system. Outward offers a cooperation mode that enables the players to play locally or through the internet.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Action 2019

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an episodic third-person survival adventure game. This is the first game developed by Panache Digital Games, a studio led by Patrice Désilets who previously worked for Ubisoft and THQ. He co-created the first three Assassin's Creed games and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey takes the players through events that shaped mankind, such as creation of the first tools, agricultural revolution, the fall of the Roman empire, Wright brothers' first powered flight, landing on the Moon, or discovery of the human DNA. All of those events are presented in episodes.

The Forest
The Forest

Action 30 April 2018

A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.

Conan Exiles
Conan Exiles

Action 08 May 2018

Set in universe of Conan, a sandbox action game with survival features, developed by team at Norwegian Funcom, mostly known from its adventure cycle The Longest Journey and the Age of Conan MMORPG. We play as one of the many outcasts trying to survive in a brutal, hostile world. The gameplay of Conan Exiles doesn’t differ from what we have seen in other productions from this genre, focusing on fighting, gaining experience, gathering food and resources to craft many useful parts of equipment or build a shelter, providing us with protection against all kind of dangers, including attacks of wild animals and other players. As most f the game revolves around multiplayer, we are allowed to join forces with other players while completing tasks or building shelters. The developers have also included a full-scale single player mode.

Frostpunk
Frostpunk

Strategy 24 April 2018

An adventure/strategy game with survival elements by Polish studio 11bit Studios. Frostpunk is set in a fictional icy-cold world, whose climate deeply affected the development of its society. To survive, people rely mostly on steam engines. However, it is not enough, and the society is falling apart, which means it needs to change. The gameplay focuses on the survival aspect, which, unlike in other such productions, means more than gathering and managing resources. Strategic elements are also of great importance, and you also need to make difficult and morally ambiguous decisions. The game features distinct visuals, in which the cold colors of nature are contrasted with the warmer hues, which symbolize the remains of civilization.

ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved

Action 29 August 2017

A sandbox survival simulator set in an open world, which draws inspiration from productions such as DayZ. Unlike in the aforementioned title, this time we fight against powerful prehistoric creature instead of zombies. The game is the debut of an independent studio called Wildcard, founded by a former employee of Microsoft Game Studios. The player begins the game defenseless and naked on an unidentified island, and his or her task is to survive in this new, harsh environment. In order to do that, we must hunt and gather various raw materials which will be used to create the much needed weapons and tools. One of the most fun aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved are the meticulously depicted creatures – the game features more than 60 species of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. Since the title features o multiplayer experience, meeting other players in the game world will happen and, depending on their attitude, we can fight them or establish valuable alliances.

State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2

Action 22 May 2018

An official sequel to the 2013’s sandbox action game by Undead Labs. The action of State of Decay 2 takes place in a post-apocalyptic open world after an outbreak of a zombie epidemic. While playing, we get a chance to led a group of survivors, each of whom has their own biography, skills, and character traits. We can freely switch between them while building a shelter, exploring the world, and searching nearby buildings for resources necessary for survival. Fighting zombies, we use various kinds of improvised weapons. The title features a character development system in which we can perfect our heroes by engaging in certain activities. Apart from the story campaign, the production offers an indefinite survival mode and a full-fledged multiplayer that allows up to four players to cooperate, each managing their own group.

Dawn of Man
Dawn of Man

Strategy 01 March 2019

Dawn of Man is a combination of survival and city builder. The player's task is to lead a settlement settled in prehistory, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Madruga Works studio is responsible for the production of the game.

Subnautica
Subnautica

Adventure 23 January 2018

A sandbox game by Unknown Worlds that combines elements of action-adventure productions and RPGs. As the game’s universe draws inspiration from such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, at the bottom of the ocean you can find bizarre sea monsters, as well as remnants of futuristic buildings and ships. The player assumes the role of a captain of an advanced submarine, and explores the depths of the ocean. The game’s characteristic feature is the ability to design vessels and determine such things as performance, layout, on-board mechanisms, and materials used for the construction. You begin with rather primitive ships, but as you progress you will be able to construct more advanced vessels, and explore previously unavailable parts of the ocean. While playing, you can freely walk around your ship, and even go outside to explore the marine world on your own.

The Long Dark
The Long Dark

Action 01 August 2017

A first person survival sandbox game, developed by independent Canadian studio Hinterland. The team includes veteran game developers, who previously worked for Relic Entertainment, Volition, and BioWare. The game takes you into a post-apocalyptic world after a massive geomagnetic storm. With all electronic devices disabled and water and food supplies running low, the player has to struggle to survive the incoming winter. The game’s sandbox mechanics and its open-world structure give much freedom of gameplay, whose biggest challenges are survival and making difficult moral choices. The game features a compelling narrative written by Marianne Krawczyk, the author of scripts for such titles as God of War and L.A. Noire. The game’s unique character is emphasized by its unusual graphics, designed by Hokyo Lima (known for League of Legends).

Fortnite
Fortnite

Action 25 July 2017

A third-person action game focusing on cooperative gameplay. It was developed by the Polish division of Epic Games (formerly known as People Can Fly). The action of Fortnite takes place in a world haunted by zombie-like demons. The players assume the role of operators whose task is to stop the monsters that invade the Earth through a network of portals. The gameplay is divided into two phases — during the day, we have to build a stronghold that repels demon attacks at night. The gameplay mostly involves searching for materials, constructing fortifications, and fighting enemies. The game is distributed in free-to-play business model, offering some additional facilities for optional fee.

This War of Mine
This War of Mine

Strategy 14 November 2014

An extraordinary war game with focus on survival. It was inspired by the real stories of people who at some point of their lives struggled to survive a war. The game was developed by Polish studio 11 bit, known for an original strategy game series Anomaly. The game gives you control over a group of civilians trying to survive in a ruined city, where the biggest enemies are such problems as starvation and shortage of medicines. Depending on the time of day you can improve your hideout, craft weapons, furniture, and tools, or explore city streets in search for food and useful items. Randomly generated missions provide players with varied challenges and dilemmas, which may require sacrificing one person for the good of the others. The gloomy atmosphere is emphasized by an original visual style based on light and shadow contrasts.

Green Hell
Green Hell

Simulation August 2019

A survival game, in which you find yourself stranded in the Amazon Jungle. To survive, you have not only to gather food and water, but also learn to light bonfires, hunt, craft useful equipment, and build shelters.

Don't Starve: Hamlet
Don't Starve: Hamlet

Action 14 May 2019

Another expansion to the survival action game developed by Klei Entertainment. This time the players can reveal the mysteries of the lost city of Pigmen. The DLC introduces new biomes, characters and creatures.

Ancient Cities
Ancient Cities

Strategy 2019

A real-time strategy game enriched with elements of RPGs, city builders, and survival games. Ancient Cities was developed by the independent developer Uncasual Games. The player assumes the role of a tribal leader living in the Neolithic era. The tasks of the player are to provide shelter and protection against predators for the members of the tribe, as well as to obtain sufficient amounts of food. Gathering resources (the whole in-game economy is based on them) resembles a survival game, as flora and fauna are simulated within a dynamic ecosystem. Consequently, wild plants and animals are soon not enough to sustain a constantly growing tribe. In harsh periods, the player has to distribute supplies wisely - for instance, foods naturally degrade over time. Things can also get complicated as a result of sudden climatic changes and natural disasters - one oftentimes has to decide whether to stay in one's settlement and try to survive a difficult period, or to abandon the base in search for a safer zone. Alongside progression, the player unlocks new upgrades in the extensive technology tree, which allows for improvements to one's methods of crafting and cultivation, making the tribe's existence easier in the long run. Members of the tribe are described by individual sets of statistics, talents and skills. These mechanics are complemented by having more or less friendly relations with other tribes.

Don't Starve
Don't Starve

Action 23 April 2013

A humorous action-adventure game with strategy and cRPG features. The game was developed by Klei Entertainment, the creators of Shank and Mark of the Ninja. The main protagonist of Don’t Starve is Wilson, a Victorian gentleman scientist. The insidious demon Maxwell sends Wilson to the wild where he must use all of his knowledge and intelligence to survive among dangerous beasts. The player is tasked with helping the protagonist in his fight against the nature and the monsters – he must build a place to hide, obtain food, start a fire, produce tools etc. As the game progresses, one can unlock new playable characters, each with unique abilities. The game has unusual 2D graphics with cartoonish style and music that is pleasant to the ear.

Don't Escape: 4 Days in a Wasteland
Don't Escape: 4 Days in a Wasteland

Adventure 11 March 2019

A point-and-click adventure game that takes us on a journey to postapocalyptic reality. While playing Don't Escape: 4 Days in a Wasteland, we play the role of David, who fights for survival. Within four days, the hero has to face the numerous threats lurking in the wilderness and try to find a way out of his current situation.

Escape from Tarkov
Escape from Tarkov

Action 2019

A MMO FPP/TPP shooter with RPG and sandbox survival elements, developed by Russian studio Battlestate Games. Players become the members of two rivaling military corporations, fighting on the territory of an abandoned Russian city. Unlike many popular online shooters, this game stands out thanks to interesting story and full freedom of exploration combined with a whole bunch of various additional activities, which you can complete on your own or in cooperation with friends. Escape from Tarkov boasts a high level of realism in terms of both gameplay and graphics (thanks to the 3D scanning technology), extraordinary character progression system, and puts much emphasis on survival elements – your character needs to eat, drink, treat injuries, and avoid radiation in order to survive in this dangerous environment.

Thea: The Awakening
Thea: The Awakening

Strategy 20 November 2015

A turn-based strategy game, combining elements of survival, card game, and a gamebook. You arrive at a dark fantasy world, strongly inspired by the Slavic mythology, after the apocalypse. As one of eight Slavic deities, you take care of a small village. You control each villager separately, exploring the dangerous realm, gathering resources, crafting items, and facing various dangers.

DayZ
DayZ

Action 13 December 2018

A post-apocalyptic MMO first person shooter. The game, created by the Czech developer Bohemia Interactive Studios, is an expanded version of a popular ArmA II mod. DayZ features a world where most of the population turned into bloodthirsty zombies. The game is set in a fictional country called Chernarus, where the remaining humans try to survive at all cost. Players have to face not only hordes of the undead, but above all defend themselves from competitors, who, just like them, strive for food, weapons, and medicines. Gameplay is focused on cooperation of small but well-organized groups of players. DayZ is powered by a proprietary game engine Enfusion.

Rune
Rune

RPG 2019

Rune: Ragnarok is an action RPG developed by Human Head, which is a sequel to the cult classic game called Rune, released in 2000. Rune: Ragnarok takes you to a fantasy realm based on the Nordic mythology. The game’s story starts seven years after the eponymous Ragnarok has begun. Despite the pervasive death and destruction, there is no end to the conflict. That’s why the remaining humans (including the protagonist) decide to take the initiative and slay all gods in order to put a stop to the apocalypse. While playing you explore a large open world, assault enemy settlements, sail the seas, complete missions, craft items, and develop your hero’s skills. The game’s heart is the expansive combat system, characterized by its focus on action and explicit brutality. An important role is also played by deities. The player can choose to worship one of them, which grants them access to a variety of special powers.