Developer: Team17
Publisher: Team17
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 09/10/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

The survivalists do not have much of a story to be fair, like most survival games. You just have to survive. The game starts with your character floating on a raft, looking somewhat worse for wear. Until the raft beaches its self on a deserted island. That is it in a nutshell.

So what do we do when we get on to the island? That’s simple: build a place to call home and the end game over. If it was only so easy! With all survival games, we start off by making simple tools, collect simple ingredients and make simple recipes. This will then unlock more complicated recipes, one note with unlocking the next recipes, you do not know what will unlock until you make the available recipes.


Feeling lonely on your Island? The survivalists has you covered. With Monkeys. Feeding these little guys some food, and they will become your slaves…I mean helpers around the island. We can equip the monkeys with tools and get them to copy you and complete tasks for you. For instance equip them with a building tool and add the materials to build an item and a monkey will build it for you and you are free to do other things. This is more important as you advance, as some things can take a while to build.

Also, these Monkey helpers can be invaluable in a fight. You can take some of them with you equipped with a weapon and it’s like the flying moneys in OZ, without wings but as scary….They will attack any enemy you encounter. This makes labyrinth diving so much easier. These labyrinths hold epic gear so tool up and get ready to fight.

With this being a survival game, there is the need to keep yourself fed. Here The Survivalists have taken a simple approach, just need to eat to replenish the meeter. Like, everything in a game like this as you progress it gets a lot easier. To start with, it will be a case of run around and get every berry you can, and keep them on you. Then move on to cooking and so on. Food is also used to heal yourself, so time to forage people.

There is a multiplayer aspect to the game that I did not manage to try, so I cannot give my experience of it. However, it is up to four players that can all play together.


Overall, The Survivalist is a fun wee Sandbox game that is simple to pick up and play with no much to manage. This does not take away the fun to be had. It is a great wee game. If you like survival games or looking to jump in to one this could be a splendid start. It is also good for people who play survival games a lot as it’s more of a casual experience.