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  15:36:33  27 June 2021
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Three Mile Island
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Survival crafting games

Seems there's an entire little genre of survival games featuring crafting and snap-to-fit building elements. Many features are common enough that I suspect a lot of borrowing has been going on:

- Indie games developed in Early Access.
- Large open sandbox worlds.
- Missions or explicit quests are minimal or absent.
- Gameplay is about harvesting resources and crafting increasingly complex things in order to stay alive and explore the environment.
- Base building uses a snap-to-fit mechanic for adding crafted sections together.
- No reloading of previous saves when you die, instead a new character spawns at a different location.
- You can retrieve inventory items dropped by a previously killed character.


Rust
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"a STALKER kind of world where you build your own buildings", according to the developer. Early Access in December 2013, official release in February 2018. Multiplayer only.

Rust IGN Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOnx47sRgL8


Subnautica
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Sci-Fi game in alien ocean. Early Access in December 2014, official release in January 2018. Singleplayer only.

Subnautica IGN Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uePLsB1AzCQ


ARK:Survival Evolved
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Dinosaur/prehistoric world with some Sci-Fi elements. Early Access in June 2015, official release in summer 2017. Single- or multiplayer.

ARK: Survival Evolved IGN Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Wb_zRnJek


Conan Exiles
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Conan-inspired world, seems more gory than the others. Early Access in early 2017, official release in May 2018. Single- or multiplayer.

Conan Exiles IGN Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCOoADqr8oo


Subnautica:Below Zero
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Sequel to Subnautica but with more NPCs and voice acting. Early access in early 2019, official release in May 2021. Singleplayer only.


Valheim
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Viking-inspired world. Early Access in early 2021. Single- or multiplayer.

Valheim Early Access Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aE96A70YxM
  15:50:50  27 June 2021
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Survival crafting games

Seems there's a entire little genre of survival games featuring crafting and snap-to-fit building elements. Many features are common enough that I suspect a lot of borrowing has been going on:

- Indie games developed in Early Access.
- Large open sandbox worlds.
- Missions or explicit quests are minimal or absent.
- Gameplay is about harvesting resources and crafting increasingly complex things in order to stay alive and explore the environment.
- Base building uses a snap-to-fit mechanic for adding crafted sections together.
- No reloading of previous saves when you die, instead a new character spawns at a different location.
- You can retrieve inventory items dropped by a previously killed character.

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I do believe that Unreal World (in development since 1992) ticks all those boxes:

http://www.unrealworld.fi/

highly recommended to anyone who enjoy this type of game, as it's one of the deepest experiences available in the genre, apart from Dwarf Fortress Adventure -mode (which, by pure incident, also ticks all said boxes)

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

uncertain how long the adventure-mode been in development, but I been playing it for at least a decade by now
  21:32:41  27 June 2021
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Those look very different visually though --is it "rougelike" or "top down" it's called? Reminds me of Don't Starve:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/219740/Dont_Starve/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Starve
  22:35:45  27 June 2021
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Those look very different visually though --is it "rougelike" or "top down" it's called? Reminds me of Don't Starve:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/219740/Dont_Starve/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Starve
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Rogue-likes, I suppose - especially Unreal World has served as inspiration for basically all survival/crafting games; It has a lot of depth to it and although the graphics may seem simplistic compared to contemporary titles (especially Dwarf Fortress), they have such intricate mechanics that after an hour or so of gameplay, it's easy to simply get lost in the world(s) themselves

Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam with graphics, 'when it's done', which would be neat to see; it's the most sophisticated world-creator ever made, afaik and has more depth to it than any other game I can think of
  21:04:07  28 June 2021
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7 Days to Die
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Post-apocalyptic zombie world. Still in Early Access since 2013. Seems to have NPCs and missions.

Evolution of 7 Days to Die - From 2013 to 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo0CT9eDzAg


Green Hell
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Amazon rain forest world. Not sure if it's been in Early Access, but released in September 2019.

Green Hell Review - Should You Buy It?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXnC5Tbugg4
  22:25:58  7 July 2021
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The Forest
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Peninsula inhabitated by cannibals, the latter said to have very good AI. Early access in 2013(?), official release in 2018.

The Forest IGN Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM28K6ABbQs


Raft
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In this game you seem to expand the size of a raft and visit small islands. Apparently very popular despite the seemingly limited concept. In Early access since 2018.

Raft - Launch Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__w615A5lC4
  20:44:54  11 July 2021
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Grounded
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grounded_(video_game)
"In the game, players are shrunk to the size of an ant and attempt to survive in a backyard filled with dangers." Early Access 2018, full release expected in 2021.

Grounded Early Access IGN Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNgCMcl6uDk
  22:32:47  18 August 2021
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Voidtrain
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Seems to be based on a train running through the sky, with flying sharks (reminds me a bit of Raft above). Early Access on Epic.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0bIODWSX5Y

Review: https://www.pcgamer.com/i-built-a-lovely-interdimensional-train-in-this-survival-game-but-flying-sharks-keep-trying-to-eat-it/
  19:55:27  19 August 2021
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I should have mentioned Minecraft already in the first post, it seems to be the common foundation for the mining and crafting in all these games. But I haven't played Minecraft myself so I can't say if there are even more similarities.
  20:43:27  16 September 2021
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Youtuber Glock9 has gameplay videos from several of the games in this thread. 7 Days To Die and ARK seem to be the most common, but I also saw a couple with Valheim and Green Hell: https://www.youtube.com/c/Glock9/videos
 
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