Survival games have been gaining huge amounts of popularity in recent times. The genre’s popularity comes from its ability to tap into the most basic needs of collecting resources, finding shelter and protecting yourself; all from the comfort of your home. Here’s the Top 5 Single Player survival games.

Oregon Trail


Nearly every gamer has heard of Oregon Trail and its infamous “You have died of dysentery” line. Oregon Trail  is a resource management game developed in 1971 in Minnesota by student teachers at Carleton College which features the rough journey many pioneers undertook in early American history. Oregon Trail  has the player manage the resources of a family of explorers as they make their perilous journey across the United States. Such resources as the wheels of the wagon, food, bullets etc. need to be carefully managed as well as the speed of the journey. For a game made over 40 years ago, Oregon Trail  was one of the first to implement “resource management” which is a key structure to many survival games today. After many rebrandings and makeovers, Oregon Trail‘s initial key concepts still remain popular today.

Don’t Starve

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Don’t Starve is unusual amongst survival games. It’s not first-person, nor is it a text adventure. It doesn’t even have zombies. Don’t Starve is an isometric survival game in which the player takes the role of Wilson, a so-called “Gentleman Scientist”, who is forced to survive in a landscape where everything wants to kill him. The player must remain alive for as long as they can while facing off against starvation, insanity and enemies. It’s a tough, hardcore survival experience with a punishing difficult and minimal instruction. Over time, the player will die enough times to learn and, eventually, master the game’s mechanics. It is both punishing and wonderful with a remarkable art style and deeply enjoyable gameplay.



Miasmata is a survival indie game where you play as Robert Hughes, a plague-stricken scientist on a journey to discover a cure. The game focuses on the player exploring a “uninhabited” island to use medical plants to create a cure, but the player is constantly stalked by an unknown creature. The creators behind Miasmata “wanted an immersive experience that gives the player the freedom to discover the world at his/her own pace and in his/her own way.” Miasmata is all about the journey and it’s one worth taking.

State of Decay


Most zombies games focus on the vicious murdering of countless zombies with a non-stop supply of bullets and machine guns. State of Decay, however, focuses on building a community and defences to withstand the relentless zombie horde. As the main character, or as one of the survivors in your group, you must set up a home base and keep it stocked with the necessities of survival, keep the dead away and forge new relationships with the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. The world is constantly on-going even when you’re not even playing the game. State of Decay delivers a unique take on the whole “zombie” apocalypse that has you focusing on surviving rather than killing.



One of the major factors for this genre’s popularity, Minecraft has become one of the most popular survival games in history with multiple releases across many platforms. The game allows players to make anything they see fit using block materials scattered throughout randomly generated worlds and making tools to help mine the world more efficiently or even defeat monsters faster. Players have constructed massive replicas of famous landmarks, Star Destroyers, entire cities and the list is ever growing. The survival element of Minecraft comes from constructing your world and protecting yourself from the monsters that come out at night. It’s simple, addictive and it works, hence the sales of over 33 million copies.


So there you have it. There’s still hundreds of survival games out there that didn’t make the list so we want your opinions. Let us know in the comments below or in the forums what’s your top single player survival game.

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  1. Seriously minecraft is not a game at all İts just building simulator or a tool to build.İ hate minecraft.İnsyead of minecraft you should consider adding Fall out new vegas.Come on Give some value to AAA games.

    1. No, your opinion does not affect another’s. I also say, you don’t give indie games enough value.

    2. Fallout: New Vegas, hm. I wouldn’t really consider that much of a survival game. There are aspects of survival in there, but not to the extent of you have to build structures, cook food and boil water to survive kind of survival.

    3. To be fair, we were going to New Vegas a spot but the core structure to game is not built on survival, like the others on the list. Shame really because I’m a big fan of the hardcore mode!

    4. fuk yu m8

  2. Don’t Starve is boring as shit. It is literally a waste of time and space.

  3. I feel like State Of Decay would be really great with multiplayer, however it does just fine to entertain the player without it.
    I would like to say I think MP games like DayZ, Rust, and Nether are showing us with the Survival Sandbox games of the future will be like, but they could still learn something from some of the more well executed single player only titles that feature survival, and include single player game-modes in both of those.
    I will have to check out Miasmata. Thanks for listing it here.

  4. Glad to see people that hate anything without guns still exist, and ones that think graphics and story are everything too! They have the only opinions that matter!

    (That was sarcasm)

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