Story - 45%
Graphics - 50%
Audio - 52%
Gameplay - 47%
Replayability - 63%
Developed by Fun Pimps and published by Telltale publishing, 7 Days to die is an open world survival horror. It makes you think of a cross between Minecraft and The Walking Dead but with no one else around to help you.
The plot is simple, survive! You have to find or build shelter, scavenge for food and supplies and fend off zombies trying to have you for supper. The game is set after a nuclear Third World War where most of the world has been destroyed, some areas remain like the fictional county called Navezgane where you will start your journey.
There are a few options you can set for your gameplay like how long a day will last, zombies’ different behaviour like running at night or always running, and also what items you lose when you die.
After setting your options to your liking you will jump right in, the game will take you through a basic tutorial that will show you how to gather resources and craft items. This is very limited though and there are a lot of things that you will have to figure out for yourself like how to use the campfire to make food or how to put torches on your buildings walls.
The first thing to do is to make sure you have a proper, safe building/hut/cabin or place to be at night. The zombies love to hunt at night and with no light around you will not be able to see anything.
Air supplies are the most valuable in the game and you should always look out for air drops when you hear a plane. The crate will contain items that you might not be able to get anywhere else.
Basic survival should be your first priority before you start exploring the world further, setup a camp and try to get basic foods. Then you can start venturing further finding better things and maybe even a treasure map.
After you have killed some Zombies you might find some letters on them from people that has left treasure somewhere. These treasures can be very valuable but beware that some of them will take you miles away from your safe haven.
The game can be fun and addictive and before you know it you will have spent more than 4 hours playing this game straight. The graphics are a bit old school but it is designed to be so, the feeling is that of a mix of 8 bit styled with modern looks. The sounds are eerie and makes the game feel real, it can be dead quiet at nights and then in the distance the growling of a zombie will cut through the silence putting you on edge.
This is a great game but it will not appeal to everyone, you will die and you will struggle. You even might have to start the game over after understanding the fundamentals more thoroughly.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Survival Horror
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Telltale / The Fun Pimps
Estimated RRP: R469
Release Date: 1 July 2016
- Great idea
- Some creative fun
- Can be frustrating
- More tutorials would be nice