Have you ever caught yourself playing a game marked as survival and thought to yourself, “You know, if it wasn’t for the fact that every 5 minutes I have to stop exploring this world to scrounge for old cans of SPAM and run back to my base to distill water from my ramshackle rain-catcher, I’d quite enjoy this experience.” Well, developer 10tons might have something right up your alley releasing into Early Access today.
Dysmantle is a game about surviving, except without all those naff survival elements that are crammed into games constantly that serve more as hindrance than anything increasing immersion. No, Dysmantle doesn’t want you to struggle to just get by, it wants you to become more competent and more powerful over time, it doesn’t want you to die 10 hours into a playthrough because you dared enjoy exploring its vast map and didn’t take enough dog treats to nibble on with you on your voyage.
“it doesn’t want you to die 10 hours into a playthrough because you dared enjoy exploring its vast map and didn’t take enough dog treats to nibble on with you on your voyage”
You will of course still be able to do a lot of the other things most survival games allow you to, you can hunt, craft, farm, fish, cook, and explore to your hearts content. Living up to the title’s name you’ll also be able to pretty much break apart 99% of what you come across into crafting materials. See that fence? Not anymore. See that tree? Not anymore. See that chair? Not anymore you don’t. See that dog? Wait.. What the shitting-gooseberries is wrong with that dog?
It looks like in your bunkered absence the world wasn’t content with just dying off, it’s decided to come back for seconds in zombie form as the distorted frames of man and beast alike are left lurking around waiting to sink their teeth and claws into the last bipedal morsel in town. You’ll have to navigate your way around them or directly through them in your quest to survive long enough to find a way off of the island you’ve found yourself confined to.
The early access version of the game is estimated to contain around 10-20 hours of post-apocalyptic playtime, depending on your playstyle. But without fretting over food and drink so much, 10tons want you to actually enjoy your adventure, you wont starve to death here, or die of thirst, you will be charmed by the fantasticly light hearted visuals of the game too. The game’s map is sizable although only a third of it will be available during early access, and your character will be limited by a level-cap of 20, and while there’s already enough content in there to keep you busy the developers will of course be incrementally improving and expanding upon the game throughout its early access period.
Hop over to Steam today and you can pick up Dysmantle with a slight discount at £13.47 / $17.39 / €14.60 depending on region. Also be sure to check out the announcement trailer below. Here’s to not letting something like the end of the world get in the way of having a good time.
Dysmantle (Early Access)
As you ascend from your shelter after the long long years, a brave new old world awaits you. A world inhabited with nasty and vile creatures. A world with no other human soul to be seen. A world with nature in reigns now. A world that’s about to get even worse.