NEO Scavenger: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Game

NEO Scavenger is a post-apocalyptic survival simulator with a realistic inventory system that's less like Diablo and more like Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Want to carry more than you can hold in your hands? Better hope you find a discarded plastic grocery bag or something. You can play the demo online.

  1. Turns out this is the game I always wanted to play but never knew existed.

  2. Finally got to trying this out yesterday. Some fiddliness in the interface (getting used to using 1, 2 and 3 to toggle between take/drop, pick up, and consume speeds things up a lot, as does using q to toggle into and out of the item screen in the first place) but all in all I like it.

    I’m quite bad at it so far, though! Probably need to keep playing with builds and exploring more. It’s not clear to me whether it’s a static map or randomized, I suppose I should find out with some careful attention, because there’s definitely that occasional big coup in scavenging but at the same time scavenging is just goddam dangerous in aggregate. Between collapsing roofs and attentive looters and bandits and dogmen, I feel like doing urban scavenging in particular is just pressing a “lose game” button that’s a bit dodgy and doesn’t always work the first time.

    The only game I’ve had with any real legs was the one that I built for non-scavenging survivalism, where I just went from free-standing item hex to the next with almost no actual scavenging, and took tracking to help me get away from the folks I did encounter instead of fighting. And then I got way over to the East to the glowing city and…promptly died of cholera. Fuckin’ hell.

  3. And now I’ve gotten to the city, cholera-free! And that’s where the demo stops giving you more game narrative, though you can leave and arse about more. But at this point I’m sold enough that I dropped ten bucks on a pre-order to get proper beta access. I’m really liking this.

    One thing I would like is to be able to play it a proper 2x resolution, and I’m not sure there’s a good way to do that. The site provides a popout link to play the demo/beta in a resizeable browser window, but trying to get that to resize manually to exactly 2x is a horrible pain and it looks a bit shit otherwise.

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