10 Best Island Survival Games You Must Play

If you have heard some real survival stories or watch movies like The Blue Lagoon, Cast Away, many of them are island survival. It’s the most common type in survival gaming.

Island survival games shove players into isolation with no means of communication and surviving with nature’s instinct. This makes gameplay more real, thrilling, and adventurous. At first, it may feel boring, but as you get the hang of it, you will love island survival games.

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Talking about island survival games, is a battle royale game like PUBG an island survival game? Well, the answer is Yes, but not as a hardcore survival game. Because battle royale games have limited rules sets, exploration, and have different maps.

So for this list, we will be ranking the top hardcore, the best island survival games, giving you the best survival experience ever.

The games are ranked on the basis of ratings, user reviews, gameplay, popularity, and survival elements. So a game with a low rating doesn’t mean that it’s not a good survival game.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved

Rating: 8/10Year: 2017Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, NS

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

It’s an island adventure survival video game that takes place on a stranded island crowded with roaming dinosaurs, mysterious creatures, and hostile human players. The player must survive natural hazards by gathering the island’s rich resources and build useful tools and equipment.

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The game supports third-person as well as the first-person perspective mode in an open-world environment with the day-night cycle. The player must evolve in a greater species to survive. The survivor must build a base, craft weapons, train dinosaurs, and become more powerful.

The game has different modes and expansion including, PvP, campaign, survival mode, maps, and spin-offs like PixArk and ARK Park.

Stranded Deep

Stranded Deep
Stranded Deep

Rating: 9/10Year: 2015Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One

Mode: Singleplayer

After a plane crash in a pacific ocean, the survivor is stranded on the island with no means of communication or aid. The player must face life-threatening conditions in the middle of the small pacific islands. There are a few things from a crashed airplane that the player can use like a compass, rations, rope, etc.

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The player needs to follow the day-night cycle, explore reefs, and bottomless ocean trenches, various sea life, and utilize resources to survive. The game features building, construction shelter, exploring the nearby island with a raft, harvesting, crafting system, and supply management.

The game is a hardcore island survival game with a first-person perspective. The game is highly inspired by the 2000 film Cast Away.

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

Rating: 9/10Year: 2012Platforms: Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The game is the third installment of the Far Cry series developed by Ubisoft, features FPS, Survival, role-playing, and action-adventure. The player takes on the role of the protagonist, Jason Brody who is on a vacation with his friends on a Rook Islands near the Indian-Pacific Oceans.

On a skydiving trip, they accidentally landed on a pirate-infested island which was under the control of pirate lord Vaas Montenegro. Jason’s older brother gets killed, his friends are kidnapped, and he manages to escape.

Now Jason has to rescue his friends and avenge his brother’s death. He must become stronger and survive in the isolated islands. The game is considered as the best Far Cry game of all time.

Dead Island

Dead Island
Dead Island

Rating: 8.6/10Year: 2011Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Dead Island is a horror island survival game where four playable characters try to escape from the zombie-infested fiction island of Banoi. It’s a first-person game featuring combat with melee weapons, quest completion, leveling up, skill tree, and role-playing.

The game has experience-based gameplay, as player rank ups, extra health and skill are added. The game takes place in a lush, tropical resort destination in Papua New Guinea, Australia. The island is surrounded by the wild ecosystem, untouched by humans. Soon the main characters discover that the people are infected by the contiguous virus, turning humans into mindless flesh-eating creatures.

The game has mixed reviews, mainly criticizing for less emotional, technical bugs, and graphics. But the game offers a good story and island survival experience. The game has an expansion, Dead Island: Riptide, spin-off, Escape Dead Island, and the sequel Dead Island 2.

Cube Life: Island Survival

Cube Life: Island Survival
Cube Life: Island Survival

Rating: 8.6/10Year: 2015Platforms: Wii U, Android, Steam, PS4, Xbox One

Mode: Singleplayer

Cube Life: Island Survival is an island survival game heavily inspired by Minecraft. It’s a block building open-world sandbox game. Just like the classic island survival game, it has resource gathering, building shelter, exploring regions, crafting primitive tools, and supply management.

Initially, the game had poor audio and video quality, but with many updates, patches, and an HD remake, the game gives the best 3D pixel survival experience. So if you read any reviews on Cube Life they will be poor because they are old ones, the remastered version is much better than the original.

Salt

Salt Game

Rating: 8.8/10Year: 2018Platform: Windows

Mode: Singleplayer

It is an open-world sea exploration game where the player needs to survive in the archipelago region. The player starts as a weak survivor with minimal resources. There is no specific goal you need to accomplish, go anywhere you desire.

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Gather resources, build a raft, explore the islands, mysterious places, discover secret quests, relax, meet other characters, pirates, and loot hundreds of rare items. The game features an RPG-style loot system, procedurally generated limitless world, in-game map, hunting, and the open sea.

It’s a properly lovely game to play. Calm, gentle, and yet still letting you hit plate-faced pirates with an axe.~ Rock Paper Shotgun

Survival Island: EVO 2

Survival Island: EVO 2

Rating: 8.3/10Year: 2018Platforms: Android, iOS

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The game starts as the player wakes up in a stranded island, don’t know-how. The player must survive the wildness with nothing, just bare hands. The player travels around different regions to find food, craft useful tools, and build a shelter.

The game features wilderness exploration, house building, advance crafting, island fauna, and island survival sandbox simulator. Woods are essential in all survival activities, don’t roam around without any protection, wild animals stay away from the fire, don’t starve, and keep on collecting.

The multiplayer version of the game had many bugs and will be fixed soon. The singleplayer mode works fine.

Last Island of Survival: Unknown 15 Days

Last Island of Survival: Unknown 15 Days
Last Island of Survival: Unknown 15 Days

Rating: 8.4/10Year: 2020Platforms: Android, iOS

Mode: Multiplayer

It is a player vs everything multiplayer island survival game takes place in the post-apocalyptic world. You need to form a clan, uncover ruins, build a fortress, blow up enemies with cool weapons, and explosives.

The game has a huge map that focuses more on survival elements plus the battle royale. There are so many things to do, including crafting, strategic combat, structure building, looting. The game offers various vehicles, weapons, and machinery.

The game is highly inspired form Call of Duty, Rust, PUBG. The last one standing is the winner.

Escape The Pacific

Escape The Pacific
Escape The Pacific

Rating: 8/10Year: 2018Platform: Windows

Mode: Singleplayer

The player takes on the role of a lonely adventurer, wandering the sea islands on a raft. Discovering unknown regions of the sea, surviving natural hazards like storm, tide, sharks, and starvation. Learn the practical sailing and travel using triangulation and a Sextant.

The game offers customizable raft mechanisms, procedural generated huge maps, designing, and building sea vehicles. The game is 50% raft survival and 50% island survival. The game uses a high-quality weather engine for realistic pacific weather and comes with 27 different modifications.

The game has Latitude based weather and season, Complex temperature system, dynamic fire react engine, and much more, for giving real survival experience.

Out of Reach

Out of Reach
Out of Reach

Rating: 8.2/10Year: 2015Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

When the sailors crash land on the deserted island, they though, they will die of starvation or lose their sanity, but the emptiness of the island was not ture. You can do whatever you want, become a pirate, explore unknown, gather resources, craft gears, build a base, conquer islands.

The game offers various tools and designs like Ballista, Trebuchet, Traps, Glider. Speaking about the graphics, they are old-style 3D graphics, the game is less emotional and more static. But survival elements of the game are good.

Last Words

Honestly, there are not many good island survival games. Most island survival games are mixed with other elements like FPS, battle royale, MMO, and don’t offer stand-alone island survival experience. The list above has some of the good island survival games, and I think, the best survival game has yet to come. So that’s it for the best island survival games. Hope you will enjoy playing one of these games.

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