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Platform Win, Mac, Linux, PS4 Publisher Klei Entertainment Developer Klei Entertainment Release Date 2013-04-23

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Don’t Starve review: eat to live

As with those athletic pursuits, there's a difficult learning curve. Your motivation to participate has to come from within rather than from without, as the rewards are intangible: you progress, get better, last longer. But for the right kind of player — someone who actively likes to compete against him or herself — Klei Entertainment's game is like a drug. Don't Starve puts you in the shoes of Wilson — a gentleman scientist (though you can also opt for another of the game's unlockable Edward Gorey-inspired characters, all with their own unique attributes). You wake up in the wilderness, with the cheeky instruction that you'd better find food before nightfall. That's all you get by means of explanation: Both character and player are left alone to figure out the tricky landscape. Y...

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Linux users: GoG.com lauches more than 50 games for you

The good folks at GoG.com are all about making new and old games accessible to modern gamers. To them that means scouring the back catalogs of publishers large and small for treasured oldies, a new push to publish day-one releases alongside outlets like Steam, and a commitment to DRM-free gaming at all costs. Now, the Polish publisher is formally expanding their game offerings to Linux. More than 50 games are available, starting today, for Linux platforms worldwide. Nearly half of them have never been playable on Linux before. You can learn more at their site. The titles include... Anomaly Warzone Earth Ascendant Bionic Dues Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold — first time on Linux! Blake Stone: Planet Strike — first time on Linux! Bloodnet — first time on Linux! B...

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Don't Starve: Reign of Giants launches on PS4 July 23

Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, the first expansion to the indie roguelike game, will launch on PlayStation 4 come July 23, developer Klei Entertainment confirmed on the game's official forum. The update will be available to download for $4.99 with a 10 percent launch discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers. It adds two new playable characters and one new world to survive in over the course of one in-game year. This is the same DLC pack first released to Windows PC in May, which is why it may sound familiar. Reign of Giants can be purchased for $4.99 from Steam and Klei's Humble Store widget. The developer released the original Don't Starve on Windows PC and Mac via its own website and on Steam last year, followed by a PS4 launch in January. For more information about Don't Starve,...

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Don't Starve's multiplayer will let you haunt your friends when you die

Don't Starve Together, the multiplayer update slated for the Windows PC version of Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve, will allow players who die to come back and haunt their still-living teammate, according to prototype footage shared by the developer. The footage above shows players' ghosts floating around as glowing white blobs. Ghosts can haunt trees and other inanimate objects like charcoal and chat with their living partner, but they can't help them survive. When ghosts haunt an object, a bit of their life force is restored, and as long as the ghost has life force stocked up, its humanity meter won't drain. When a ghost player fills up the life force meter or haunts a resurrection object, they can be resurrected, and their humanity meter will determine how much health they have...

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Don't Starve: Giant Edition heading to PS Vita

Don't Starve: Giant Edition, which includes the original game and its Reign of Giants expansion, is coming to PlayStation Vita, Klei Entertainment community manager Corey Rollins announced via the PlayStation Blog. The Vita edition of Don't Starve will include touch-based navigation as per the handheld's capabilities. Players will get access to all updates currently available for the PC and PS4 versions, such as Adventure mode and the multi-leveled caves. The Reign of Giants expansion also adds two new characters to the game's selection for a total of 11, as well as seasonal challenges. A release date for the game has not yet been set. Klei also promised an update on its Reign of Giants expansion for PS 4 "soon." For more on Don't Starve, check out our review.

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Don't Starve Together will bring multiplayer to PC, alpha scheduled for late summer

Don't Starve Together will bring multiplayer to Klei Entertainment's survival game this summer, according to a post on the developer's official forums. Don't Starve Together will allow friends and strangers to survive cooperatively in public and private games. Klei hopes to support 2-4 players and may "potentially even add new features." It will initially be available on Steam and as a standalone PC download, but it's "too early to tell" whether it will make its way to other platforms.  The expansion will be free to those who own the game, though around the time Don't Starve Together begins its alpha late this summer, the game's price will increase to $19.99. It's currently available on Steam, Klei's website and The The PlayStation Store for PlayStation 4 for $14.99. Bundled...

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Reign of Giants Steam Early Access release expands Don't Starve with new terrors

Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, the new expansion for Klei Entertainment's survival game, is now available for $3.99 on Steam Early Access. Reign of Giants expands upon the world of Don't Starve with new biomes and adds new scientific innovations, creatures and challenges. It also introduces a full year of seasons with torrential spring rains to blistering summers, a new save slot and giants. You can get a taste of the DLC in the video below. Two new playable characters are a stage actress called Wigfrid, "who went a bit too far with method acting on her latest role" as an ancient Valkyrie, and a young boy by the name of Webber, "who lives inside the spider who tried to eat him long ago." Reign of Giants full price is discounted by 20 percent until April 29 when it will rise to...

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Papers, Please wins big at the 16th annual Independent Games Festival awards

Papers, Please, a game that has players taking on the role of an immigration inspector in the Kafkaesque communist state of Arstotzka, took home nearly half of the Independent Games Festival Awards at tonight's show. The Windows and Mac game, developed by Lucas Pope, won the awards for excellence in design, excellence in narrative and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. After winning the final award of the night for the 16th annual Independent Games Festival Awards, held during the Game Developers Conference, Pope thanked his family and admired the prize. "You're looking at the peak of my career," he said. The full categories and rest of the winners are listed below. Seumas McNally Grand Prize Papers, Please DEVICE 6 Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady...

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Voting opens for GDC Choice and IGF Awards

Voting for the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards and the Independent Games Festival Audience Awards are open now through March 1 at 2:59 p.m. ET, organizers announced today. The GDC Choice awards are designed for developers to recognize the best of their own in categories that include Best Debut, Best Technology and Game of the Year. Nominees announced earlier this year include Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, Media Molecule's Tearaway and The Fullbright Company's Gone Home. For the IGF's Audience Awards, you can vote for a game at the IGF's official site until March 1. The IGF Awards celebrate indie gaming's best in categories like Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Narrative and Excellent in Visual Art. Nominees were also announced earlier this year and include Klei Entertainment's...

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Don't Starve, Mark of the Ninja toys available in Klei's new store

Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja developer Klei Entertainment launched a new online store with products for both games designed in-house, the developer announced today. The Klei Store currently includes the Don't Starve Blind Box, which retails for $12.99 and includes one of 12 3.5-inch figurines (pictured above), its unique item and one of 14 accessories from the game. You can also purchase a three-box combo for $32.99, an eight-box combo for $94.99 and a retail box with 16 random blind boxes for $184.99. Klei's new store also includes a eight-inch vinyl figurine in the image of Mark of the Ninja's unnamed protagonist, complete with three interchangeable heads. You can see the $49.99 figure in the video below. The store is a collaboration between Klei and designer Erick...

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PS Plus: Smart As… free, Final Fantasy discounts galore

PlayStation Vita owners with PlayStation Plus subscriptions will find Smart As... has joined their Instant Game Collection tomorrow, Jan. 28, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. Climax Studios and XDev Studio Europe's connected collection of brain-training minigames is designed to "foster a sense of community and competition," Nicolo Accordino, assistant producer at Sony Santa Monica, told us ahead of the game's release. Check out our interview for our impressions of Smart As... and its logic, memory and word puzzles. Sony will also discount 11 Final Fantasy titles for all, with extra discounts for those with PS Plus. Games on sale include the PS Classics Final Fantasy 9 and Final Fantasy Origins, both of which are normally $9.99, are on sale for $5.99 or $5.39 for PS Plus...

Don't Starve Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-04-23
    • Publisher Klei Entertainment
    • Developer Klei Entertainment
    • Score 8.5
  • Mac
    • Released 2013-04-23
    • Publisher Klei Entertainment
    • Developer Klei Entertainment
  • Linux
    • Released 2013-04-23
    • Publisher Klei Entertainment
    • Developer Klei Entertainment
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-01-14
    • Publisher Klei Entertainment
    • Developer Klei Entertainment
    • Score 8.5
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