Best Offline Survival Games Worth Playing
If you are reading this article, that means you are looking for an offline single-player survival game where you don’t need an internet connection or need to interact with your friends or other players online.
Most of the games in the survival genre are designed in such a way that they are well suited for single-player as well as multiplayer but generally, priority is given to single-player experience. If you are looking for a story-based survival game, then they tend to fit in the horror survival genre like The Last of Us or Until Dawn.
For today’s list, we will be considering those survival games that are best suited for offline gameplay and ignore the average rating. We will be looking at singleplayer gameplay and user reviews for ranking the top offline survival games. So without being biased, let begin.
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, NS
Don't Starve is one of the best open-world survival games with unique gameplay and hardcore survival elements. The game follows a scientist named Wilson, who accidentally teleports into a dark unknown world where everything tries to kill him.
You need to keep Wilson alive by balancing health, fed, and mental stability. The main objective is to find the game’s antagonist Maxwell and find a way to go back home. The game involves all sorts of survival elements, including crafting, building base, designing, exploring, fighting supernatural enemies, hunting, etc.
You can select from easy to difficult with permanent death making the game very difficult. There are different characters that you can play from and download other expansions and modes. The game received several awards and was praised for "Excellence in Visual Art" and "Excellence in Audio.”
The Long Dark
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, PS3, Xbox One
It is a Canadian wilderness survival game that follows the pilot who crash-landed due to a geomagnetic regional storm. To survive, you need to keep a check on body temperature, hunger, thirst, caloric intake, fatigue, and other health factors. The game offers story mode and a survival mode with an option to spawn in one of the six regions: Timberwolf Mountain, Pleasant Valley, Forlorn Muskeg, Mystery Lake, Desolation Point, and Coastal Highway.
The game is designed so beautifully and realistically as a survival simulation that is was financed from the Canada Media Fund. The game has sold millions of copies. It also won "Best Writing" and "Strategy/Simulation" awards at the 2018 Webby Awards.
This War Of Mine
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS, NS
It is a 2D strategy survival game that follows different civilian characters who are survivors in the going on war. Unlike most of the games where the player takes on the role of the army personal, here you play as a common man with no fighting experience.
The game has choice-based mechanics with different endings. The player faces daily struggles and needs to fulfill everyday necessities. The game describes poor conditions and consequences of war. The game is so inspiring that Polish Chancellery of the Prime Minister recommended this game for high school students in 2020.
Platforms: Windows, PS4
After a devastating plane crash, Eric LeBlanc gets separated from his son Timmy in a heavily forested peninsula. The game follows the first-person perspective in an open-world environment with nonlinear gameplay and no set missions. Surviving is only the objective.
The game has a good exploration scope, you can collect raw materials, craft weapons, create the base, explore unknown and mysterious regions, day-night cycle, fight wild enemies, face cannibalistic mutants, and learn untold ancient secrets.
You can also play the VR version of the game which is really good. More than 5 million copies are sold. The concepts are inspired by films like The Descent and Cannibal Holocaust.
Platforms: Windows, macOS, PS4, Xbox One
Subnautica has a classic space-survival plot that follows a crash-landed astronaut on an exoplanet planet named 4546B. The majority of the planet is filled with water, and the player needs survival in the huge water bodies.
The game has core survival elements, the player needs to explore deep oceans, study alien life, search for food and raw material to fix the broken spaceship. It's a singleplayer game with a good campaign mode for offline playing.
There are four modes to select from survival mode: you need to balance between health, hunger, thirst, and oxygen. Freedom mode: hunger and thrust is disabled. Hardcore mode: permanent death. Creative mode: disables survival mode, explore the beautiful planet.
State of Decay
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
It is an action-adventure horror survival game set in a post-apocalyptic world where the streets are flooded with zombies. It is not a regular zombie killing game. It focuses on different aspects like leadership, stealth, resource management, role-playing, and strategy.
You can also consider this as a zombie survival simulator with a third-person perspective. The player is the leader of a small group inside a map of 16 square kilometers. The game has a decent storyline with 150 characters and with downloadable expansions like Breakdown and Lifeline.
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Java
Project Zomboid is a role-playing survival horror game where the player needs to survive as long as possible in the post-apocalyptic zombie world. The game has isometric graphics with multiple characters to choose from. The player needs to manage hunger, tiredness, pain, and mental stability to stay alive.
The game has two modes survival and sandbox mode. In survival mode, the player needs to stay alive and can spawn in one of the four cities. In sandbox mode, the player can manipulate various game conditions, including zombie count, weather, and resources.
The project was created by British and Canadian indie developers and the game was praised by the community after it's first released in 2013.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, NS, Xbox One, PS4
It’s a top-down horror survival game that takes place in an isolated forest where the protagonist is sucked inside a dark forest. The game has many features, including crafting, semi-open world exploration, choice-based storyline, stealth, trading, skill system, day-night cycle, and interaction with NPC.
The game has different chapters and various characters to control. The gameplay looks similar to Don’t starve like exploring at day, surviving at night, science and fantasy in the same world, tool crafting, and recipes making. The game certainly has received many positive reviews and is worth playing.
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One
It is one of the best island survival games that follows the story of a survivor who crash-landed on an island on the Pacific Ocean. The player is stranded in the middle of the infinite blue sea and killer sharks. The only way to survive natural calamities is to build shelter, gather resources, explore the ocean for food, build a raft to travel across islands.
The player must keep a check on health, hunger, thirst, and sleep. The game has tropical ocean lifeforms, including swordfish, sea turtles, small fish, lionfish, rays, sea snakes, crown-of-thorns starfish, whales, and shakes. The game is heavily inspired by the 2000 film Cast Away.
How to Survive
Year: Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
It’s a top-down horror survival RPG has two modes story mode and challenge mode both can are singleplayer and multiplayer. For an offline player, it has a decent plot in a zombie apocalyptic world. The game follows the three survivors who are shipwrecked on a zombie-infested island where they find other characters who can help them to escape the island.
In the challenge mode, the player is put on one side of the zombie-infested island to survive and needs to travel to another side of the island where they can find a vehicle to escape. The game has a wide range of weapons from pistol to laser gun, craft cool weapons, and fight zombie with on time limit.
I love survival games and this website is dedicated to survival gaming. I have played all sorts of survival games and also, horrors survival games. I personally think playing survival games alone gives a better thrilling experience than playing as a co-op. My personal pick from this list is Don’t Starve and The Long Dark. Whose looking for story-based horror survival games, go for The Last of Us, Until Dawn or Resident Evil game series. Hasta La Vista.