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BySamuel HortiContributions fromAlyssa Mercante, Heather Waldpublished 23 February 22

If you"re looking for games like The Forest, you"ve come to the right place


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Games like The Forest put your survival instincts khổng lồ the test. They challenge you by dropping you into a hostile world và tasking you with staying alive, providing you only a small set of tools and materials khổng lồ help keep you afloat. It"s up to lớn you khổng lồ figure out how to survive in these game worlds.

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We"ve gathered the ten best games like The Forest that lean heavily into survival, crafting, & exploration. Some won"t be as scary as The Forest, others will thoroughly creep you out. Some will be easier than The Forest, while others will constantly challenge you. Survival sims can be wildly different in so many ways, and that"s what make this such a fun genre. Don"t" worry, you won"t have to sift through countless internet pages lớn find the best games lượt thích The Forest - we"ve gathered them all here.

Good luck surviving.



(Image credit: Hinterland Studios)

Developer: Hinterland StudioPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch

Your plane crashlands in a vast, inhospitable land, và you awake, alone, to wreckage and fire around you. Sound familiar? It’s not just The Long Dark’s thiết đặt that fans of The Forest will love – it has a solid episodic story mode, in which you tìm kiếm for a missing friend in the frozen wilderness, as well as a sandbox mode in which you can explore, gather resources and craft to lớn your icy heart’s content.


The Canadian wilds are just as dangerous as The Forest’s tropical island. Wolves và bears aren’t as creepy as cannibals, but they’re just as deadly, & you’ll spend many a treacherous night huddling next khổng lồ a fire, listening to distant howls with trepidation. It’s the believable setting that stars, here, & the stories that naturally emerge from it. Managing resources and tracking your hunger, thirst & energy never gets in the way of exploring the world, và it makes for one of the best survival games you can play right now.

ARK: Survival Evolved



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Developer: Studio WildcardPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch

ARK will be too grindy for some players, but it’s worth checking out if you enjoyed gathering resources và crafting gear in The Forest. You awake on the beaches of a distant island with one goal: survival. But once you’ve phối up a stable food và water supply, you’ll have broader ambitions. ARK’s world is as enticing as The Forest because of all the dinosaurs that roam its lands. Most can kill you in a few swipes but if you’re able lớn tame them, they’ll make island life much easier, helping you gather tons of food in minutes & protect your base from raiders (a T-Rex might just be the world’s best bodyguard).

It’s an inherently social game, too. You can play solo, but just lượt thích in The Forest, it shines when you team up with friends to lớn complete your goals. Some players will, inevitably, just be out to ruin your day, but as a newbie you’re bound khổng lồ find a more experienced player willing lớn take you under their wing & let you ride on their Pteranodon.

Rust



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Developer: Facepunch StudiosPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Mac

There’s only one group more evil than The Forest’s gangs of cannibals: other players. Rust trades in smart AI enemies for even smarter, crueller, human ones by dropping you in a vast multiplayer hệ thống with nothing but a rock and a torch. You know the drill: bash rocks and trees, build crafting tables, hunt down rare resources and, slowly, acquire better & better gear. Eventually, you’ll be wielding powerful guns và wearing thick armor. Those other players make Rust feel tense & interesting, và create plenty of opportunities for mischief.

One of the best ways to lớn get better loot is to straight up rob other humans. That might involve catching them as they’re gathering resources, downing them with a few well-placed headshots. Or, if you’re feeling really sneaky, you might wait for them to go offline, blow their base lớn smithereens và grab anything valuable from their chest. Rust proves that hell really is other people.

Conan Exiles



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Developer: FuncomPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC

Conan Exiles is arguably the harshest survival trò chơi on this list. If the wolves, wooly mammoths or giant club-wielding bosses don’t get you, another, higher-level player will. And if you somehow survive, bleeding out with a broken leg, the desert sun will parch your bruised body. But, like The Forest, its world calls khổng lồ be explored. In The Forest, story tidbits littering the bản đồ keep you moving forward, but here, it’s a sense of wonder & mystery in the landscape, which runs from lush forests lớn desert expanses to precarious paths across volcanoes.

It’s certainly not for everyone. It pairs its harsh early hours with a punishing grind for resources, and crafting some items requires hours & hours of harvesting beforehand. But it’s just about worth it, especially if you can jump on a private server, friend in tow, & set off into the wide world together.

Don"t Starve


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Developer: Klei EntertainmentPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch

The bones of Don’t Starve are classic survival, either solo or co-op: a harsh world where you must gather resources, stave off hunger and battle monsters in the dark. But the quality art style sets it apart, turning what would otherwise be mundane animals into curiosities, rivers into pop-ups straight out of a children’s fairy-tale. It can be supremely punishing when it wants khổng lồ be, & when you die, you have to lớn start all over again. The visuals make monsters more silly than scary, but you still want khổng lồ steer clear at all costs, and if your sanity dwindles your mind will make enemies out of ordinary bushes và shadows.

Sandbox is the default mode, but there’s an Adventure mode if you want to uncover a story. And lượt thích The Forest, it’s fantastic in co-op. Its standalone multiplayer expansion, Don’t Starve Together, rebalances items, & feels like the best version of an already excellent game.

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Minecraft


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Developer: Mojang StudiosPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch

On the surface, Minecraft looks simple and, at the right time of day, serene. But it’s also an unforgiving survival trò chơi when you dial the difficulty up. Taking on one too many skeletons will get you killed, and you’ll drop all your gear in the process. Mining the wrong block can lead to lớn a swim in lava, meaning any precious diamonds in your pocket are lost forever. And in the dead of night, among the trees, it can also be a unnerving trò chơi in which the hiss of an explosive creeper makes the hair on your neck stand to attention.

If you enjoyed planning & constructing your base in The Forest, you’re going khổng lồ love Minecraft’s building tools, which are completely freeform và let you create virtually any project you can imagine, from humble shack to a replica of the Pyramids of Giza. If you’re after more adventures in caves, then Minecraft again has you covered: you’ll sneak through abandoned mineshafts, deep ravines and snaking canyons in tìm kiếm of goodies, slaying monsters as you go. It doesn’t have a story lớn speak of, but when it comes to collecting resources, surviving hostile biomes và building a dream home, Minecraft is the best in the business.

Subnautica


(Image credit: Unknown Worlds Entertainment)

Developer: Unknown Worlds EntertainmentPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch

One of our favourite things about The Forest is how it blends traditional survival chơi game with a gripping story, something few games in the genre even attempt. Subnautica takes the same approach and, arguably, executes it better, doling out tasty clues that keep a sense of mystery, but reveal enough of a grander tale to keep you pushing onward. Being at sea is, naturally, very different to lớn being on dry land, và you have fewer tactical options for where khổng lồ build your base. But when you start constructing your HQ you’ll find the tools satisfying, and you get plenty of freedom for placing items exactly where you want them.

It doesn’t have co-op, sadly, but between managing resources & exploring the ocean around you, there’s more than enough going on to lớn keep you busy as a solo player. Its underwater world is teeming with colourful fishes, but don’t worry about it being too tame: when a deep-sea tentacled monsters skirts your peripheral vision, you’re bound khổng lồ need a change of scuba suit.

Green Hell


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Developer: Creepy JarPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch

Green Hell is perhaps the game that most closely resembles The Forest on this list. It has lots of trees, human enemies native lớn the island, plenty of crafting and resource management, a sanity system, và a good, distinct story. But it takes survival elements further than even The Forest dares.

Rather than simply keeping up your food intake, you have separate meters for proteins, carbs, fats, and hydration – each displayed cleverly in a high-tech watch – as well as a host of problems that affect each of your limbs. If you look at your left arm, you might find a nasty spider rash – at your right, và you’ll discover a pair of blood-sucking leeches. It’s not as creepy as The Forest, but it’s just as unforgiving, with mean animals that will rip you apart given half the chance. Plus, the narrative is genuinely good, with proper cutscenes that remind us of a AAA action-adventure.

Raft


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Developer: Redbeet InteractivePlatforms: PC

Raft is still in Early Access, but it’s the best trò chơi in a growing sub-genre of primitive xuất hiện water survival games. You start with nothing but four squares of wood beneath your feet and a hook in your hand. From there, you sling your hook into the sea, pulling in junk và barrels of goodies that you can use to lớn craft water purifiers, grills, fishing rods, and more. Soon, you’ll be fully self-sufficient, & your only worry will be the small matter of a giant, man-eating shark circling around you at all times.

That shark, along with other animals you face when you step onto the occasional island, keep the threat màn chơi high. You leave your raft at your peril. Thankfully, a flexible building system means you can design your craft how you want, and like The Forest, playing co-op completely changes the tone, turning what can be a nerve-wracking trò chơi into one that’s social, slapstick, and frequently amusing.

No Man’s Sky


(Image credit: Hello Games)

Developer: Hello GamesPlatforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch

You can think of No Man’s Sky like a palate cleanser: a colorful dessert for when you’ve finished the main course of cannibals, endless death and hopeless despair. Five years on from launch, Hello Games delivered a wealth of updates và expansions that have transformed the space-faring adventure into the rich experience it is today. It’s sci-fi survival in a near-infinite, procedurally-generated universe – you fly from planet to lớn planet, gathering resources, seeing the stunning sights and trying not khổng lồ become food for massive alien creatures.

Like The Forest, it’s more focused than a pure sandbox, with a sense of story that makes it clear what you should do next, even as the stars beckon. But it will still scratch your itch for resource gathering and complex crafting. With an ever-expanding mix of tools, you crack and mine tons of weird resources và turn them into your very own space base, complete with weird gizmos và whirring gadgets. In many respects, it’s a world away from The Forest – but fans of one will find joy in the other.

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Sam"s gaming PC is literally held together with masking tape, và he bought his PS4 from a friend of a friend of a (dodgy) friend for a tenner. He wishes that games still had paper manuals, mainly so he could get the satisfaction of ignoring them. He grew up in Essex, & now lives in London.

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