Last Day on Earth: Survival Review: an impatient first look

Last Day on Earth: Survival Review: an impatient first look

Jul 31, 2017

Look… we’re not that hard to please. Drop, say, a survival game on us. Toss in crafting, fighting and zombies, and you might just get mobile gaming nirvana.

AKA Last Day on Earth: Survival? We hope so.

This one takes the newbie player small dab in the deep end; you get in and feel your way around. The player takes on a grim persona… as one of the few — very, very few — survivors of Just Another Zombie Apocalypse. That, along with the violence that erupted amongst those left behind effectively decimated 90% of the world’s population.

It’s a tough place to be. Back to the basics, human raiders, scarce resources and gruesome undead.

Let’s go.

The game utilizes a top-down view in the core action screen, with a virtual joystick to control primary movement. Visually, you get simple representations and effective animations. It’s isn’t overly complex to the eye, and it works.

As noted, it just starts. You plop down in a wilderness with items like trees boulders and the like. Some can be gathered, and others can be interacted with in some way, especially if one has the right tool. Intuitively, you collect all collectibles, and use them to craft tools that can help get more resources. Playing around helps to figure things out, too. Need a hatchet to chop down trees? Well, check out the crafting section, find out what you need to make it, and find those items.

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The developer does do a good job of adding a good degree of logic. You have to have food and water. So, it makes sense to keep limited spots open for such necessities. Raw meat is great, but it behooves the player to unlock recipes to use with a fire to cook it. Empty water bottles and cans have value, as do seeds for future farms. Bathing is important, as nothing attracts the undead better than ripe BO; remember to relieve yourself when nature calls, because few things are as inconvenient as being attacked when using the little boy’s tree.

Actions acquire XP, which replenishes the lifebar. Said lifebar can be adversely affected by attack, famishment, and such. Yes, you can be revived, but you lose what you have on you if you die, which can be painful.

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Several elements are level-restricted, so progress is key. For example, it helps to be able to hire farm workers, but one cannot hire such at lower levels. Also, making one’s way to a watchtower helps find new areas to visit, but that can only be achieved at a specific threshold.

Usually, this is where I delve into my self-indulgent rant about the gross unfairness of every requirements. Yes, this game has one, and yes, it somewhat restricts gameplay. It’s implemented interestingly enough, such that one had a choice. You see, it’s the main means to facilitate far travel, but of can choose to walk versus energy-consuming “running.”

I gotta say… I cottoned to this one pretty quickly. It’s fun (albeit beta) endeavor, and just as easily played in spurts as it is over long periods.

Tre Lawrence
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