A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game contains no positive or negative messages, apart from trying to survive by all means necessary.
Positive Role Models
Aside from the player, who's a regular guy trying to survive an Apocalypse, characters are generally either brutal bandits or mindless monsters.
Ease of Play
Starting players frequently struggle to gather enough crafting materials and are quickly killed in violent confrontations. Otherwise, your success is based on your aim and a degree of luck.
Violence & Scariness
Wise players avoid confrontation, but when it happens, it's brutal and bloody. Players use knives, bows, and guns to kill enemies.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players can scavenge and use pain killers and bottles of alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mist Survival is a downloadable survival simulation game for Windows PCs. The gameplay takes place after a virus turns most of the population into frightening, mindless monsters. The game's in Early Access, which means it's still in development and as such, could lack or change its features over time. It could also mean that players could interact with technical issues until these are ironed out closer to the game's final released version. Players hunt animals for meat while fighting infected humans and bandits with knives, guns, and bows in bloody combat. Among other things, players can scavenge pain killers and alcohol. During "mist events," players are hunted by infected humans and the game contains sudden scares and sequences of utter darkness.
Is It Any Good?
Survival sims are big these days, and competition among them is fierce, but this unfinished sim plays less like a game and more like a proof-of-concept with its weak story and bland world. Expectations in Mist Survival are set low by a short intro describing an end-of-the world scenario you've heard a million times before. After the intro, you're set down in a bland woodland landscape with no specific mission other than to survive. During the day you gather things -- canned goods, stones, sticks, bits of metal -- and craft them into things that can protect, heal, or nourish you. When darkness falls, you hide. Admittedly, hiding all night can be boring (even though the game's on a sped-up day/night cycle) but the Infected roam at night, and confronting them directly is a quick way to die.
Despite the possibility of death, tension is generally low here, which is strange for a survival sim. During the day, Infected are easy to avoid, and while a sudden bear appearance or bandit camp can get your heart beating, those too can be easily avoided. The most thrilling moments—in fact, the best part of the game—is when the mist comes rolling in. The Infected hunt in the mist, so when it comes and you're far from your shelter, it's truly frightening. The problem is that there just isn't enough of that feeling. In fact, the overwhelming feeling is boredom. Endless cycles of gathering and crafting and simple interactions with other characters quickly becomes monotonous. Exploration doesn't help, since all you'll find are more empty buildings and burned out cars. Worst of all are the load times. It takes ages just to start the game, and load times make dying even more punishing than it already is. Ultimately, what Mist Survival has to offer right now is a set of basic mechanics that lack finesse, surprises, and narrative context. Until that's fixed in the final retail version of the game, Mist Survival currently stands as a half-baked experience that proves the (paraphrased) saying, "man (and survival sims) don't live by bread alone."
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