Raft: First Impressions!

Happy Saturday Novas! Vacation is over and I’m super excited to talk about a new survival game that I have been playing. Power Up Players for today’s First Impressions Post on the video game Raft!

Developer: Redbeet Interactive

Publisher: Axolot Games

Release Date: May 23rd, 2018

Platform: PC

Genre: Survival

Price: $19.99 on Steam

 

By yourself or with friends, your mission is to survive an epic oceanic adventure across a perilous sea! Gather debris to survive, expand your raft and be wary of the dangers of the ocean!  -https://raft.itch.io/raft

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Raft is a unique survival game where you start on a 2 x 2 plank raft with a shark circling you and a plastic hook in hand. To start surviving and building your raft into a respectable home, you will use your plastic hook to grab items floating in the ocean. Listen, I know this game sounds like it’s no fun at all, but playing with my friend Xsanie, we have been having a blast surviving the ocean a la Castaway style! The game is still in development and available for Early Access, but I’m mostly happy with the progress so far.

Game Play-

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The game play is enjoyable as you build and create a raft to survive. You can make your raft as luxurious (with paint, hammocks and furniture) or as minimalist as you would like. Many items can be found by reef diving in the water, but make sure you have the shark distracted or he will bite you. You can die from the shark, your health going to 0, starvation and not having enough water. I think I really enjoy having to multi-task, protect the raft and make sure that Xsanie and I have food and supplies to survive.

Research-

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When we found out how to research items in the game, a entirely new experience was created. When the game is started, you have based recipes like how to make a base for the raft, water purifiers and grills. Once you build a Research Table, you can place items like wood, plastic, rope, etc into the table to unlock new crafting recipes. This open ups possibilities for comforts, upgraded grills & purifiers and more.

 

Danger-

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1st lesson…Stab him with the pointy end!

Jaws is a constant thorn in your side throughout the entire game. I thought I could be smart and build my important items in the middle of the raft, because the shark can bite off pieces of your structure. I was wrong! The shark sometimes comes out of nowhere and bites the middle of the raft!!! How does that even happen? Once the shark bites off a piece of your raft, any item located on the section sinks to the bottom of the ocean. It’s quite annoying actually. Once you have a garden planted you also have to watch out for Seagulls that will fly in and eat everything.

 

Final Thoughts – I really enjoy raft and it’s a great game to play with a friend. Once the raft begins expanding, it’s great to have the extra pair of eyes and hands when the sharks or storm attacks the boat. Raft is currently in Early Access and there have been noticeable glitches like when you can’t see your hook and you miss barrels because of it. Hopefully the games gets an update that improves the experience, but all in all, it was worth the $20 that I spent. I will say it’s a bit tedious after floating for 3 hours so having different modes or even having larger islands that you can explore and stay on for longer periods of time would greatly improve the game.

This is the section of my reviews where I like to list my top reasons to Play or Skip the game.

Play:

  • A unique new survival game
  • Multiplayer Fun
  • Crafting Fun

 

Skip:

  • If you get seasick lol
  • If you prefer survival games where you can explore land and new areas

Have you played Raft? What games are you currently playing? Do you like Survival Games? Let’s talk survival!

-Luna 🙂

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