Survivalcraft Review – Better than Minecraft PE

On June 7, 2013

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Survivalcraft Review – Better than Minecraft PE

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By: Igor Kalicinski

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Date Released: 2013-04-26

Developer: Survivalcraft Support

Price: $3.99

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The answer is Yes. Stop staring. If you are reading this review, you’re probably a hardcore Minecraft fan and want to know if Survivalcraft is a better mobile companion that the pocket edition of the former. And the answer is, “Yes, it is”!

I’m sure you know how Survivalcraft works, but for freshers, let me explain. The goal of Survivalcraft is really simple – just survive. You are abandoned at an island by a ship, which is surely not returning. All you have to do is push day by day without getting yourself killed. Once you taste a few hours in the gameplay, you’ll realise that surviving is not as easy as it sounds!

Kill cows for meat, boars for leather, fish for flesh, cut wood, collect eggs and other objects from the wild and manage your daily needs. You can swim in the sea, float on pools, climb snow mountains, ride horses and pretty much everything you could do in the real world. Make sure you evade angry bulls, shark jaws, raging bears, mad dogs or even fall from heights, to keep going in Survivalcraft.

The game is all about finding food and evading animals in the Survival mode, but the Creativity mode tingles you innovative senses and you can create anything your unlimited resources would allow. In my experience, it is the latter that gets you addicted.

Don’t bother about the pixelated graphics of SurvivalCarft. That is one of the characteristic features of all games in this genre, in case you din’t know that already.

I like SurvivalCraft over Minecraft Pocket Edition because of the endless world, more animals, more blocks and items, weather inclusion, ability to add custom and crowd maps and more. Though not as cool as the console or PC edition of MC, SurvivalCraft will undoubtedly my choice of the sandbox game on the go.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:Medium

Who Is It For:Open world lovers

What I Like:The endless world and the variability

What I Don't Like:A tutorial for newbies would be nice

Final Statement:Man vs Wild

Read the Developer's Notes:
You are marooned on the shores of an infinite blocky world. Explore, mine resources, craft tools and weapons, hunt and make traps. Build a shelter to survive nights and share your worlds online. Ride horses or camels and herd cattle. Blast your way through the rock with explosives. Build complex electric devices. Possibilities are infinite in this sandbox survival and construction game.

This is the twenty second release of Survivalcraft, and it adds horseriding! A large number of new animals have been introduced, such as sharks, rays, piranhas or camels, and their AI is much improved. There are new electric blocks that will make building electric devices easier. You can even drive cattle between pastures using just a whistle and a saddled horse. There are many different colors of horses roaming the lands.

This is the biggest update yet, dwarfing even 1.19, and took over two months to put together. Enjoy!


Updates history:

- 1.0 (initial release, 16 Nov 2011)
- 1.1 (screenshots, torches, lamps, tools, controls sensitivity, recipaedia)
- 1.2 (sneaking, stairs, slabs, doors, ladders, snow, ice, christmas tree)
- 1.3 (basalt, limestone, marble, furnace)
- 1.4 (new world format, clay, bricks)
- 1.5 (birds, weapons, throwing, food, eating)
- 1.6 (emergency bugfix release)
- 1.7 (trapdoors, water animations, snowballs, traps, wildboars, game modes)
- 1.8 (buckets, water physics, magma, world properties, view angles)
- 1.9 (Dropbox, fences, upside-down stairs and slabs)
- 1.10 (optimizations, bulls, signs, sulphur, saltpeter, adventure mode)
- 1.11 (explosives, fire, matches, magma as fluid)
- 1.12 (wolves, cows, milk, diamonds, flat terrain, controls improvements)
- 1.13 (creature spawners, eggs, saplings, compass, thermometer, grass spreading)
- 1.14 (emergency bugfix release, hygrometer, sharper text)
- 1.15 (big performance improvements, bears, machetes, adventure restart, cacti)
- 1.16 (smoother framerate, polar bears, paint, falling blocks, environment modes)
- 1.17 (3rd person view, 3d tools, creature shadows, physics optimizations)
- 1.18 (rain, snow, thunderstorms, thawing/freezing, werewolves, pumpkins)
- 1.19 (electricity, new UI, new recipaedia, new help, germanium + lots more)
- 1.20 (community content, better caves, creative options, SD card)
- 1.21 (fish, horseriding, electricity improvements, camels, leather + lots more)

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