Survivalcraft Review

Movies and television tend to romanticize deserted islands, but reality shies away from “Gilligan’s Island” and leans more towards “Lord of the Flies.” Survivalcraft is a Minecraft-style game that pits you against the raw fury of the tropical elements and wild animals. Sure, you can do all the weird and wonderful stuff that you can do in a typical Minecraft game, but survival is your first priority. You can’t become King of Awesome Island if a wolf is chewing on your arm.

Survivalcraft begins with your avatar being dumped on an island by an irate party of sailors. They warn you that they’re not coming back. Guess what. They don’t.

You immediately need to begin collecting resources that will help you stay alive. Your first tropical night arrives with surprising speed, and it’s a lot less pleasant to endure when you’re not dozing by a bonfire with a pina colada in your hand.


It would be shallow to pass off Survivalcraft as a mere Minecraft clone, but the game does play a good deal like its inspiration. In other words, you know the drill. Dig up blocks of sand and dirt, build shelter, light fires. You can even tame camels and horses to speed your journey around your new island home.

However, your battles in Survivalcraft aren’t against zombies and Creepers. Your main foe is the night, which brings utter blackness with it save for a sliver of moonlight. Your first night in Survivalcraft is actually quite sobering. Few of us have ever experienced anything close to the void that our ancestors huddled against before the advent of lamps, and it’s startling to be reminded just how poorly equipped humans are for nocturnal activities.

The darkness makes it impossible to work through the night in Survivalcraft unless you manage to make fire. This might prove difficult early on, which is why it’s more important to throw together a shelter as soon as possible. If you have solid walls around you, you can sleep the night away in safety. If you don’t, well, have fun punching wolves in the dark.


There are several difficulty settings that let you play Survivalcraft at a pace you’re comfortable with, but Minecraft beginners still might find it a rough experience. Controls are responsive, but placing blocks accurately is often tricky even with the touch screen. Time is not on your side, which makes missteps frustrating.

Survivalcraft exchanges Minecraft’s fantasy setting for something a little more stark. The core concept is solid, though it may be more suited for Minecraft veterans. Either way, it’s not the Creepers you should fear: It’s the wolves howling in the darkness.

12 thoughts on “Survivalcraft Review

  1. Clone games shouldn’t even be reviewed. I honestly believe that. I know I haven’t played it, but it looks –exactly– the same in that screenshot and its gameplay basically sounds the same only that there’s an opening cutscene and night-time is darker?

  2. Should be Gilligan’s Island, but Gillian’s Island does sound like an interesting adult film take on the idea…

  3. SurvivalCraft has made me like block building games like minecraft again! I just hate when you are digging in your sand quary and get attacked by a bull.

  4. Everything I’ve heard about this game is that it’s a total rip of Minecraft, until this review, that is. The story seems like an interesting touch, and it’s a couple dollars cheaper than Minecraft Pocket Edition, but is it really more worthy of a purchase? I’m actually asking that, not rhetorically as it might seem… I’ve never played Minecraft PE, should I bother with either of these games?

  5. I went ahead and purchased this and I must say I am enjoying it a lot. I find the survival to be much more challenging than Minecraft Survival mode. Sure it’s a clone of Minecraft but I also enjoy all of Gameloft’s games which are all pretty much clones…

  6. Well, let’s face it: The block miner game has become a genre. SC is not an exact clone, it just used its base mechanics. Would you call Starcraft a Dune clone? Saints Row a GTA clone? Call of Duty a Doom clone? No. At some point the clones become a genre but we have Minecraft to thank for bringing us such a blessed vent of creativity. All invention is based on inspiration, SC is no less.

  7. This game is kinda a clone and like other people have said where did Minecraft come from? It’s a clone as well. So if you want to play a Minecraft game that’s a bit more difficult then Minecraft in some respects and does not have zombies and skeletons creepers and all that rot. Then I suggest to whoever is reading this comment and does not have SC that you should get it instead of MC PE. And I’m not hateing on Mincraft, Minecraft is still well made and is fun but if you are looking for a game you will enjoy just as much or maybe more than even Minecraft desktop edition (some people have said that) then this is something you would enjoy.

    Kogetsu that was very well written.

  8. And I didn’t just write that to prompt SC I personally think it is a better game than Minecraft and I still think that Minecraft is still a well made game and is fun and I think that Minecraft PE has a lot of potential and it can become an even better game then it is right now but I think that personally I think right now SC soundly thumps MC PE.

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