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Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
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Thrust into an unknown world filled with strange creatures, unfamiliar environments, and a dark, foreboding presence, how long can you survive against these dangerous elements?

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is the mobile version of the original PC and console game, Don’t Starve. Released for both Android and iOS, the game adopts the same concept of a procedurally-generated world with survival and roguelike mechanics, letting you play as a character that is dragged into a parallel dimension populated by mysterious flora and fauna.

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition’s graphical style remains true to its roots; the game utilizes a slightly cartoonish design that is steeped in a dark and gloomy vibe. Do not mistake the loony visuals for a kids’ game, though, because Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is brutal and unforgiving.

For each new playthrough, you can choose to play on a random open-world map or customize your own settings to cater to your personal challenges and expectations. This ensures that every saved game is unique from one another, increasing the game’s replayability factor.

Unlike its console counterparts, Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition only has two (2) game modes for you to opt for on your mobile – the default Classic experience or the beginner-friendly No-Sweat mode.

As their name suggests, Classic mode offers standardized in-game settings (monster damage, hunger rate, etc.) for you to overcome challenges and obstacles similar to the original version, while No-Sweat tones down the difficulty curve significantly (less damage taken, slower hunger rate, etc.).

If you’re a returning player from the base Don’t Starve game or is already accustomed to many survival game mechanics, Classic mode would be the better option for you to enjoy Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition in its entirety.

For casual gamers looking for a quick, fun time, No-Sweat mode is probably right up your alley. This might even be the best way for you to learn everything about the game too, before jumping into the real Classic experience.

There is a secret Adventure Mode inside the game too, and you can only access it if you find Maxwell’s Door during any of your playthroughs. This is considered the story mode of the game, dropping you inside certain in-game set pieces and challenges for you to beat.

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition offers all of the console version’s in-game content up to the Reign of Giants DLC. Additionally, the Shipwrecked DLC is also available for purchase too – introducing new characters to play as and special biomes to adapt to – with only small changes made to suit the game’s mobile nature.

On both Android Google Play and iOS App Store, Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is priced at $4.99 respectively.  Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked is also available on both mobile app stores for $4.99 too, but it is advisable for you to play the Pocket Edition first in order to understand the game better before transitioning to newer content.

After all, you wouldn’t want to die repeatedly for forgetting to craft a torch at night, right? There is no hand-holding in this game, so better start from the basics first.


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Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

How to play

In Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, your aim is to survive in the world of The Constant for as long as possible. By surviving each day, you gain Experience which is collected towards unlocking more characters to play as in new playthroughs. 

Essentially, the way to survive in Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is to manage your resources wisely by taking three (3) major character attributes into account, which are:

● Health

● Your character’s total life points, you permanently die once Health is completely lost.

● Health is most commonly restored by eating a variety of different foods.

● Hunger

● This counter determines how hungry your character is, with some characters enjoying special bonuses by keeping their Hunger bar high.

● If your Hunger level reaches zero, your character will starve, continuously losing Health until food is consumed.

● Sanity

● Your character’s mental state is depicted by the Sanity bar.

● Depending on character, ‘negative’ actions like staying close to monsters or eating rotten food drains the meter, while sanity is gained by doing ‘positive’ actions such wearing clothing, eating certain prepared meals, sleeping, etc.

● At extremely low Sanity levels (around 15% or less), Shadow Creatures will appear to attack you until you restore your Sanity level above the minimum threshold.

Besides that, you can play as one of many special characters, each enjoying very specific perks while also suffering from their own distinct weaknesses too. Most of the additional playable characters are unlocked via your accumulated Experience from playing the game, while a few others require more specific tasks to be done.

Here’s a general overview of the characters that you are able to choose from:

● Wilson – Playable from the start

● The main protagonist, Wilson is a somewhat enigmatic scientist who worked hard to achieve scientific breakthroughs throughout his many research and studies.

● Willow – Unlocked at 160 XP

● A pyromaniac, Willow is the first unlockable character in Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, possessing an exclusive lighter for indefinite use that is both useful and destructive.

● Wolfgang – Unlocked at 320 XP

● Wolfgang is considered amongst the strongest characters in the game, and he is capable of single-handedly beating bigger monsters at the cost of his frail sanity.

● Wendy – Unlocked at 640 XP

● Unlike other characters, you can summon Wendy’s dead sister, Abigail, as a ghost that protects you by attacking any nearby enemies as well.

● WX-78 – Unlocked at 960 XP

● WX-78 is a playable cyborg that starts relatively weak but becomes significantly stronger in the late-game, besides being hinted to be the creation of another in-game character, Wagstaff.

● Wickerbottom – Unlocked at 1,280 XP

● A librarian that seems to have found a way to The Constant by herself, Wickerbottom has immense knowledge and is able to create recipes without the use of a Science Machine, but is quite old and weak.

● Woodie – Unlocked at 1,600 XP

● A lumberjack that comes equipped with a dedicated axe named Lucy, Woodie is a character afflicted with a particular curse that transforms him into a beast under a full moon.

● Wes – Unlocked by freeing him during Adventure Mode

● Particularly unimpressive, Wes is a mime – he literally doesn’t speak at all – and has low base stats for all survival attributes as well, but is able to create balloons that distract and damage monsters.

● Maxwell – Unlocked by beating Adventure Mode

● The main antagonist of the game, Maxwell is the true baddie of Don’t Starve and has supreme abilities, items and Sanity to begin with – at the cost of low Health.

● Wagstaff –Playable from the start (Reign of Giants DLC)

● Arguably a successful scientist and possible creator of WX-78, Wagstaff is thought to deliberately travel to The Constant to study the world using his plethora of gadgets, though he is fairly defenceless without them.

● Wigfrid – Unlocked at 1,920 XP (Reign of Giants DLC)

● An aspiring actress playing the role of a valkyrie, Wigfrid eventually became consumed about it, leading to her improved combat prowess and fearlessness, though only favouring meat-based food for consumption.

● Webber – Unlocked by obtaining Webber’s Skull and burying it afterwards (Reign of Giants DLC)

● Webber is a humanoid spider-monster on the outside but is actually a kid hiding within; this enables him to befriend other Spiders, eat Monster Meat, grow a Silky Smooth Beard, and do other awesome things too.

In Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, an active day/ night cycle is also present, changing behavioural patterns of creatures and other notable aspects such as illumination as well. This is especially important to note because during the night, Shadow Creatures – sometimes also referred to as Charlie – will attack you from the darkness, only retreating when there is sufficient light around to protect you.

Additionally, seasonal shifts can also occur too, with all four (4) Seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter – occurring at specific days unless you change the world settings at the beginning of a playthrough. Each season brings noticeable changes to gameplay and environments, forcing you to adapt accordingly in order to survive.

Still, the game does offer various forms of items and equipment for you to craft on the fly, with the caveat being that better items require rarer materials and components to be gathered around the world. 

Can you overcome all the tribulations and uncover the true motive behind your kidnapping into The Constant?Play Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition now to find out!

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