Great game, difficult to control. No Wigfrid.
In short, if you like the original Don’t Starve game, you’ll like this one too.
The only thing that keeps this game from getting 5 stars is that the controls are a bit finicky... it’s fine when you’re just walking around the world, gathering and building things, but it’s a nightmare when you’re fighting an enemy, especially when there’s a lot of trees in the way. Your character will just stand still, making some comment about the tree you just clicked on, while some monster chomps away at him! It’s especially bad since a lot of the fighting requires you to hit the enemy a couple times before running a small distance away to dodge their attack. You need to make sure you’re in a wide open space to fight anything effectively.
Also, you can’t play as Wigfrid (my favorite character), so you can’t just tank the enemy attacks.
A bit worse than a typical survival game
To be honest, I have a hard time getting in to the Don't Starve series because there is no story, objective, and the game is generic in its design. After playing many survival games, I noticed that this game uses the same formula as the thousands of survival games that came out in recent memory. Just like every other survival game out there, you collect wood and stone to make tools and gather one ore; gold to get science kits. These science kits are basically a crafting table where you can create more tools and armor. I have seen thousands of games with the same sense of progression as this game. This game in particular irks me because:
1. When you go to generate a world, it takes a very long time to generate even a small (default) world. It takes over 15 minutes to generate it which is long time considering that it regenerates the map every time you die.
2. There are hardly any customization options in this game, unlike its predecessor. In the original Don't Starve game, you could build a farm, a house, and explore caverns with wicked flora and fauna within. In this game, it is just the boring open sea where there is hardly anything to create or explore.
3. Just like the original Don't Starve, the controls are finicky.
Ignore the “No Story” claims
The story is there, it’s in every detail of the beginning of the game, such is their MO. This game is not really fully intended for the phone, but for the computer. It’s also on the PlayStation list and I’m sure even XBox might have one too. If you want to play games based on other people’s opinions, then you might not play ANY GAME, every game has its flaws and it’s perks. It’s up to you to decide, based on the gameplay itself, do you like the game. It’s not about my opinion or theirs, it’s about YOUR opinion. This game is a work of art, you don’t have to appreciate it, others will. You don’t have to understand it, because trust me, OTHERS WILL. (All upper cased words are done so to emphasize not seem like I’m yelling ) I say one thing they should add for this game, is a setting to connect a controller and to apply a configuration for how to access and use and fight and move.
Fun but always room for improvement
Really fun game! Wish you had an actual "sandbox" mode so that you can't die(a casual mode). clothing that you can wear with the packs, it's so annoying that I have to choose between wearing a jacket or my backpack. Also more types of houses for your player to build to live in that doesn't just have a handful of uses before it's destroyed, like different cabins made from all types of material, maybe a stone house that volcanoes or fire can't destroy, or one that you can constantly upgrade to make stronger or last longer. Maybe a story line with the game so we know what the goal is besides the goal to survive, maybe village people/animals that we can do quests for in order to get gears, gem stones, or other rarities. I love the game now but like I said, there's always room for improvements!
The annoying packing baggins is always in the way when i want to fight.. the character puts packing baggins over the enemys and goes automatically and attack packing baggins. why would we want to attack packing baggings over the enemys? i have to leave packing baggins like a mile away when i want to fight even a spider because packing baggins is the first thing my character attacks. this doesn't happen with chester unless you long press and select attack, make the enemies priority. also, when using the hammer destroying things like crates or pigheads is automatic in DS why do i have to long press on everything i want to destroy? is annoying on my little screen i play on my iphone. other than that the game is gorgeous. i'm losing sleep playing it, good job!
Ok so first, I love the Don’t Starve series, I have both Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together on PS4 and I have to say, that experience is miles ahead of this port for the following reasons:
1. When using the virtual joystick to control your character, if you try to use both the joystick and your action buttons, the joystick will freeze in the current direction you have it as long as the action button is held. Can this be fixed? It’s a huge annoyance when trying to harvest materials and the character walks right by them and gets killed.
2. When utilizing a chest, it is absolutely impossible to see what is inside it. I’ve noticed that when you select your current inventory, it zooms in so you can see the contents, why can’t chests and Packim Baggins do the same thing? That’s a huge annoyance as well for someone like me who loves coordination.
3. Instead of having to use two fingers on the top or bottom to switch viewing angles, why not have arrows on the upper corners of the screen like the bumper inputs on a PS4 controller? Having to use two fingers is wonky as hell since half the time you’re zooming in and losing all focus anyhow.
These are all easily repairable if you guys read these reviews, please do so!
Great, but bugs.
I love this game. Very fun. There is the one bug in particular the is VERY VERY annoying. I don’t know how you really activate the bug, something to do with using the inventory and moving items, but when it happens the character just completely freezes. You can’t move, use items, craft items, use the map, or do anything. All you can do is zoom out, which is kinda weird. You can’t even save and quit to the main menu, so I am forced to exit out of the whole game and when I go back in, usually a lot of progress is lost, about a whole day. It is very annoying and I can do nothing to avoid it. Please please fix it, because I keep losing progress. Thank you.
Home Sea Home!
When did you sneak in the Home Sea Home update?! I could swear I checked the update notes every time because I'm one of the weirdos who actually like the iOS interface a lot, and I've been really sad that I couldn't play Shipwrecked on iOS because the Home Sea Home content is so, so important.
So, yay! It's here at last!
(Although it looks like some minor things are still a bit buggy -- Walani's descriptions of most of the new content are "It's a...thing", which is afaik the default "oops, we forgot to put in a description of this" description -- I have not run into any real problems yet, although I just noticed this yesterday so I'm only a few hours in.)
“No Sweat” version would be amazing!
I absolutely love all things Don’t Starve. Don’t Starve and Shipwrecked are the ONLY games that I own on three different platforms (PC, iPhone, and XBox1) because I love being able to play the different versions and have it in my pocket for free time or marathons at home on PC or Xbox.
But when I’m playing on mobile, it’s incredibly easy for real life to distract me and for my character to die. That stinks. I play strictly “No Sweat” on Don’t Starve and was expecting a similar version on Shipwrecked when I recently purchased it.
An update including a “No Sweat” option would be incredibly appreciated!
Thank you Klei Entertainment for an amazing series of games that have kept me entertained, frustrated, and surprised for YEARS!!
(PS, I’m totally going to reference your games in a homebrew DND campaign that I’m writing for my close friends and current party members!)
Map details disappeared
I love this game but suddenly all the map details disappear including the character location on the map. I went to previously saved games before encountering the issue and the maps are showing the same problem. I even reinstalled the game and the map remains without details. Some forums online mention that the map disappears turning back to black (undiscovered) but the issue I have is that the map only shows islands and water but no details like trees, bushes, coral, my character, and other items which normally show up on the map (rocks, crab dens, fish, etc).