Survival games are fun for many gamers because it really puts them to the test. The goal is to live, and you have to work hard to get there. So if you have a Nintendo Switch, here are some games you should try.
#15 Dark Wood
Let’s start with something scary, okay?
Darkwood places you in a wooden scenario, one where the time of day will determine your activities and what you need to do for a living. In the day, you’ll trek through the woods and do your best to find the materials you need to build things to survive in this grim place.
Then, at night, the monsters come out to play. You’ll have to fight them off by finding shelter and using what you have to fend them off until morning.
It’s not just monsters there. Explore, learn where you are and above all… survive.
#14 The Flame in the Flood
You will go down the river! In The Flame in the Flood, you play as a girl and her dog who travel down a river and must survive all the stops they make along the way.
At each stop you make, you’ll need to search for resources, craft tools to help you along your way, heal any illnesses you may have had, and more. But be warned, it’s not all friendly there, and you’ll have to fight and escape danger when you can.
How far can you go down to the right? The Flame in the Flood will earn it for you, so be prepared.
Now for something a little lighter. Forager is a game inspired by many different titles, and it shows that by giving you a variety of ways to play the game. You’ll be a character with an open world to explore. But how you choose to participate in this world will define the story that is right for you.
You can choose to be a farmer and just cultivate your land and crops, being content with a simple life. You can be an explorer, search various things about the world and see what is there. You can be a trader and get rich by selling and trading, it’s all up to you!
Distrust is not just a survival game, but a horror title in some ways. You play as a team of researchers who have crash landed in the Arctic. Their only hope is to make possible their survival in an abandoned research station.
That alone would be difficult enough. But they are not alone out there in the cold and the dark. Every time they sleep, a force comes and drains them of all life. But they can’t stay awake forever because that will ensure they don’t survive.
Find out how to live long enough to get out of there in Distrust, and if it’s possible to survive.
Breathedge is a comedy and dark survival game. You are “the man”, a person who went to space to scatter his grandfather’s ashes. But something is wrong and now he is stuck in space with lots of corpses and has to try to survive.
You will have to rummage through the void of space and collect the materials necessary to develop everything. Or die trying. Yes, there are many ways to die in this game.
There’s also a car you can drive through space, a global conspiracy you’ll have to unravel, and maybe a princess to rescue. You will just need to play and find out.
You are Kara, a warrior from a proud tribe who has gone to sea and been shipwrecked in a place known as the Forbidden Islands.
Your quest to return home begins, but this quest begins with survival and exploration. You must travel these forbidden islands and find not only the means to survive, but also the clues to what is really going on and what could be your true way back home.
Windbound is meant to be a deep and emotional survival experience as you help Kara on her journey. Her future is in your hands, so get her back on track.
#9 Green Hell
There are few more dangerous places in our world right now than the Amazon rainforest. Yet, that’s where you end up in the game Green Hell. You’re thrust deep into the jungle, and with only your radio to guide you, you must make it out in one piece. Which is anything but a guarantee.
You will not only need to protect yourself, but make sure you are in good physical and mental health, as both will be affected by the rainforest.
How did you find yourself there? How will you get out of here alive? Dive into the game and find out.
If you’re looking to survive on an ever-changing island, then The Survivalists is for you. Because in this game you will find yourself on an island teeming with life, mystery and wonder, and you will have to survive it all.
Over the days, the island will change, you will have to hunt for resources, hunt the animals that are there if you feel like it, and try to make a living there!
But you won’t have to do it alone if you don’t want to! Join friends or come help them on your own journey! Everything you need to survive!
We’re sure some of you are a bit confused as to why Minecraft is quite low on this list. Mainly in the fact that it has a survival mode that people love to play.
And that’s fine, but if you really think about it, Minecraft isn’t really a survival game like many others on this list. A lot of people play the game for the building aspect, and that’s why it’s a bit lower than you’d like.
But yes, there is a survival mode that you can take advantage of and see how long you can survive against zombies and if you can get the materials you need to live. So if you want to do it in Minecraft, by all means.
#6 Death Road to Canada
Who’s ready for the ultimate undead road trip? Death Road to Canada is a game that prides itself on “not taking itself too seriously”, as you traverse a world full of zombies and truly weird people.
You’ll create your own character, then get behind the wheel of a car full of… not the best people, then hit the road to see what’s yours. You will go from city to city and find out what to do, how to live and if you can live with all the zombies attacking you!
The game is meant to be replayed over and over again, as the randomly generated world will continue to give you new places to go, new stories to discover, and even crazier ways to survive and have fun.
Terraria is a very special type of survival game because it doesn’t have to play like one if you don’t want to. By this we mean that the game gives you complete freedom to play the title as you wish. Do you want to build a house and expand it over time? You can do it.
Do you want to dig deep into the planet you’re on and find out what’s inside? You can do that too. Or, if you want to go on a battle quest and beat everything else, you have that option too!
Terraria wants players to explore its randomly generated planets and go on their own adventures.
#4 Don’t starve
If you needed proof that survival games can be truly intense experiences, just watch the Don’t Starve line.
Because this lineup of titles really puts you in the thick of it and expects you to figure it all out on your own. In this case, you will be a person who has been thrown into another world, and now you must survive by using the environments and its inhabitants to the maximum.
You won’t get any help from the game, any advice on how to get out of it. You’ll just need to figure it out for yourself if you hope to return home. Which is anything but a guarantee in this title.
#3 Subnautica Series
Both Subnautica titles are definitely fun twists on the survival genre as a whole. Because in the original title and “Below Zero”, you will find yourself stuck on an alien world. But more key like this, you are going to be submerged under the waves of this world.
This means that everything you do (more or less) will be underwater. You will have to build yourself a house using the wreckage and the materials you find. You will have to explore the alien world to see what it has to offer. But also, you will have to fight the monsters of the depths.
Both games are challenging, but if you’re willing to embrace the depths, you might find it a fun challenge.
#2 The Long Darkness
The Long Dark is hailed by many as one of the greatest of the survival genre. If not the biggest. The reason is simple, in the main mode it’s just you and the wilderness, and you have to survive it.
The game will guide you, but never give you all the answers you seek. Thus, you will really have to EARN the rewards of your survival. You’ll battle the elements, wild animals, and more. All so you can survive another day. Death is the only way out in terms of the endgame.
But if you want a story, you’ll find one in the “Wintermute” episodic content. So however you want to play, there’s something for you here.
#1 This war of mine
When a survival game tries to hit you on an emotional level, that’s something special. Don’t get me wrong, This War of Mine is a very special game.
In this one, you are in a city surrounded by war and survival is your only goal. You and a few others are in a house that is in very poor condition and your supplies are limited. You must repair what you can, use what you have, and then venture into the city to try and live more.
But as you do, you will meet more and more people. Your choices about what to do and how to deal with people will affect your survival. Every day will be a struggle, so the question is, how many days can you last?