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Test Your Survival Skills With These Great Strategy Games

How long can you survive under trying circumstances in these intense strategy games? Each one of these games pits you in a tough situation, and you need to use various skill sets to survive for as long as possible.

Crashlands

Crash into this insanely good crafting RPG.

Crashlands
Infinite inventory

For those who want a survival adventure with dozens of hours to play through.

Stranded on an alien planet, you must use your wits and guts to get by. Using simple and intuitive controls, you can build a home, learn from local sentient life, go on quests, and craft resources into weapons. You're challenged to uncover a sinister plot and ultimately save the universe.

Why we love it

Crashlands is an outlandish story-driven action-adventure game. It has a sassy sense of humor that will keep you entertained as you play for hours on end. The game also features an infinite inventory that manages itself, allowing you to do more exciting stuff like exploring and crafting.

For those who...

  • Enjoy crafting games.
  • Like to play a game with a wacky sense of humor.

Not for those who...

  • Prefer pick-up-and-play games.
  • Dislike cartoony graphics.
Death Road to Canada

Survive the zombie apocalypse with a band of crazy people, and even crazier circumstances.

Death Road to Canada
Gather supplies

For those who like the classic Oregon Trail, but want more challenge, zombies, and humor.

Death Road to Canada is a Get ready to do whatever you can to survive a road like no other. The game begins by letting you team up, and then its off to your destination. Along the way, you will run into other bands of survivors, car troubles, and of course zombies. Your crew will need to scavenge for resources, battle back zombies, and face the consequences of a crisis in psyche due to the trying circumstances.

Why we love it

The game does a great job of balancing variety, challenge, and humor. You will die often, but the game still entices you to retry to make it to your destination. There are multiple ways to change how you play to survive as long as you can. The game is filled with different circumstances and situations to contend with along the death road.

For those who...

  • -Like humor with their survival game. -Want a challenge right from the get go. -Enjoy zombie themed games.

Not for those who...

  • -Want an easy go of things. -Prefer a slow pace. -Don't like zombie games.
Kingdom: New Lands

Expand your kingdom bit by bit while on horseback.

Kingdom: New Lands

For those who like exploration, expansion, and enigmas.

A survival challenge in a 2D side scrolling set up with a unique theme in that you play as a king on horseback. You ride back and forth trying to recruit villagers, collect resources, and figure out mysteries. There's a simple structure of moving either left or right, and that allows for everything else in the game to have more layers of complexity. The game doesn't hold your hand to explain what to do, and instead allows you to explore, and try out your own strategy.

Why we love it

Kingdom differentiates itself from the pack by letting the player decide how much enjoyment they get from the game. It's all about exploration as you wander left or right, and try to piece together anything to expand your kingdom. There are mysterious environmental elements to uncover for an overarching replay system beyond simply recruiting people and building up your defenses and infrastructure.

For those who...

  • -Like exploration games. -Prefer to play without the game explaining everything.

Not for those who...

  • -Want straightforward progression. -Don't like to retry a lot.
FTL: Faster Than Light

The PC hit FTL comes to your iPad

FTL: Faster Than Light
Command your crew

For those who like chaos management and space exploration.

This game allows you to experience the atmosphere of running a spaceship trying to save the galaxy. In this dangerous mission, your every encounter presents a unique challenge with multiple solutions. What will you do if a heavy missile barrage shuts down your shields? Reroute all power to the engines in an attempt to escape, power up additional weapons to blow your enemy out of the sky, or take the fight to them with a boarding party?

Why we love it

This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat. There is almost endless gameplay coupled with the tension of epic space battles. It’s a constant cycle of surprise and excitement, augmented by the game’s stylish presentation and irresistible charm.

For those who...

  • Enjoy science fiction games
  • Like the roguelike genre

Not for those who...

  • Don't want the complexity of managing a spaceship
  • Don't enjoy epic space battles
Star Command

Take charge of your own space ship crew

Star Command
Star Command

For those who enjoy space survival simulators.

In Star Command, you are in control of pretty much everything. You'll have to build your own space ship, hire crew members, assign jobs to everyone, and battle civilizations all across the galaxy. As you play, your crew members can level up and build up their skill levels, so everyone will grow and become better as time passes. Go to planets and collect necessary resources and make sure everyone is well-equipped to fend off enemy forces. To top things off, Star Command has a gorgeous pixelated look and feel that old-school gamers will truly appreciate. This is one that is not to be missed.

Why we love it

Star Command is a space survival game that gives players full control of what happens. It's a great game for strategizing and resourcing, and proves that managing your own space ship is tougher than it looks.

For those who...

  • Like space survival games
  • Are control freaks
  • Enjoy pixelated art

Not for those who...

  • Don't like to strategize or manage resources
  • Need their hands held while playing
  • Want somethign more casual
This War of Mine

See what war is like through the eyes of innocent bystanders

This War of Mine

For those who want unique and fresh new experiences in their video games.

This War of Mine is a unique video game because while it is about war, you do not play the role of a soldier who is fighting in it. Instead, you take on the role of the civilians who are trying to survive in their besieged city. The game revolves around a dynamic day-and-night cycle. During the day, you're unable to leave, so you must maintain your hideout by crafting, trading, and taking care of survivors. During night, you'll have your chance to scavenge unique locations for materials to help you and your fellow refugees survive. The game has you making a lot of hard-hitting decisions that affect the outcome of the ending, so you have to pick wisely. It's a fantastic experience that makes you really see and experience the hardships of being a civilian in times of war.

Why we love it

The game offers a fresh new perspective on a tried-and-true genre. Are you able to make the tough calls in order to survive?

For those who...

  • Like unique games
  • Enjoy games that have difficult choices
  • Want a heart-wrenching storyline

Not for those who...

  • Get sad about war
  • Don't care to experience the life of innocent civilians during war
  • Are bad decision-makers
Out There: Ω Edition

Outer space can be a very dangerous place

Out There: Ω Edition

Anyone who likes space survival games.

Out There has players taking on the role of an astronaut who is waking up from a cryogenic state out on a space ship very far away. Your ultimate goal is to find your way back home to Earth, but you've got a long way to go. You'll have to tinker with your ship, explore nearby planets for valuable resources and harvest oxygen from garden planets to make sure you don't asphyxiate before you get home. But watch out for dangerous life forms who may want what you have.

Why we love it

Out There is a gorgeous space survival game that will surely impress you and your friends. If you can be resourceful, then Out There is a game that tests your space survival skills.

For those who...

  • Like space survival games
  • Enjoy resource management

Not for those who...

  • Don't like resource management
  • Dont care for space survival games
Don't Starve: Shipwrecked

A survival challenge expansion with all new circumstances to contend with.

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked

For those who liked the original, and want more, or simply enjoy survival challenges.

Don't Starve returns with a tropical island theme, but it's not for a vacation. Instead, there are all new creatures trying to kill you in the unforgiving expereince that is Don't Starve. The game continues the style to gather resources, craft items, and try to survive, just with all new challenges for you.

Why we love it

Don't Starve is already a stand out on iOS, and Shipwrecked delivers more of the same. Not only that, but the extension introduces new circumstances to contend with relating to the Shipwrecked theme. There are all new island and sea faring creatures with the same intrinsic challenge to survive.

For those who...

  • -Like survival challenges. -Want more Don't starve.

Not for those who...

  • -Prefer easy games -Don't want to die often.
Radiation City

The makers of Radiation Island have a brand new open world survival adventure for you.

Radiation City

For those who liked the original, or simply enjoy survival challenges.

Radiation Island delivered a survival challenge in which you're stranded on an island. Radiation City takes the concept and applies it to a city scape with a Chernobyl inspiration. There's an open world to explore with all kinds of dangers including predators, sub-humans, and radiation itself. Gather resources, craft items, and try to survive.

Why we love it

The Radiation series includes a beautiful 3D rendered open world to explore. The sequel maintains the challenging style of the original with death possible early, and often. There is the traditional survival style of gathering and crafting that is accented with mysteries to uncover and unlock within the open world.

For those who...

  • -Enjoyed Radiation Island. -Like survival challenges.

Not for those who...

  • -Want clear progression and guides. -Like things easy.
Home Behind

A survival adventure with a refugee theme, and real world challenges.

Home Behind

For those who like gritty real world storyline with an intense challenge.

A survival challenge in a war torn world that test you ability to handle war, disease, and famine. There's a randomly generated series of events each time that you play to keep the challenge up after you will probably die numerous times. Can you survive the trying circumstances and reunite with your daughter?

Why we love it

Games often shy away from real world inspired tragedies and challenges. Home Behind embraces it with a setting that is the remnants of a civil war, and the main character has lost his daughter and is close to death. It's quite a test to survive the aftermath of war, disease, and famine while striving forward.

For those who...

  • -Like randomly generated events. -A gritty storyline.

Not for those who...

  • -Want everything to be bright and cheery. -Prefer simpler games.