If you noticed it in the typography of the title, it is because you are an ace. Can’t you see what I’m talking about? Well The Survivalists is the new survival game from the makers of The Escapists. Yes, the game of Team 17 where you have to escape from a prison. What is this title worth, which offers you to (on) live on an island solo or in co-op with the help of monkeys? Find out in this test. Good reading.
Adventure is extra!
So here you are stranded on an island that will have to be explorer looking for resources to leave it. Your adventure starts nicely and a guide allows you to understand the basics of the game. Very quickly you start to craft your first tools, your weapons and your food. As you progress you will see that craft will be the key to success, but I’ll leave it to you to find out for yourself.
You will also quickly meet a first monkey. Yes there are animals in this The Survivalists, enemies and a whole lot of other things, but first of all, and before going too far on the map, I advise you to prepare yourself.
Indeed, you will have to overcome various dangers like the night, the cannibals and so on. To help you, you can either play with friends, or train soldier monkeys … I’ll tell you about it below.
The monkey, the friend of man …
The peculiarity of monkeys in The Survivalistsis that they will be your friends. They will also help you craft items by repeating everything you teach them. I know, it sounds a bit simplistic to put it like that, but once your little friends are in action, you’ll see it’s really cool. They will cut trees for you, they will craft objects, they will cook, they will defend you in short, real little monkeys. Just ask them to watch what you are doing and they will repeat the action.
Cut down a tree and they’ll raze the nearby forest. Show them how to craft items on the workbench and they will do the same. All you need to do is discover other monkeys and build several workbenches and voila. To get them back, you’ll either have to free them or coax them with food.
Cool game mechanics
Frankly, the idea is really well found. Once you understand how it all works, your little monkeys will be true, indispensable friends. You will have carpenters, lumberjacks, soldiers in short, a whole bunch of very useful little friends. Then, exploring the map will be the main mission of the game in order to leave the island. You can explore the map alone or with friends online. It is quite large and you will need help to survive.
During your adventure, you will find dungeons on your way, caves, but be careful, because what is there is not easy. You will also have the chance to come across treasure maps in order to discover all the mysteries of the island.
The Survivalists surf on the same graphic wave as The Escapists. The game is in pixel art and it looks very nice. In any case for my part I really liked it. The game is played in top view and I had no graphical issues during my testing phase.
The Survivalists is therefore available on Steam, Xbox one, PS4 and Nintendo Switch and I invite you frankly to embark on the adventure if that’s your kind of game.
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