Follow TV Tropes

Following

History VideoGame / HowToSurvive

Go To



* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Towards the end of the game, you learn that Kovac is responsible for luring aircraft and boats into crashing into the archipelago, then pitting the survivors against the zombies in order to gather data for his survival guide. The ending also reveals that Ramon is working with Kovac as well, which is why he kept sending you all over the archipelago where you had to fight your way through tons of zombies.]]

to:

* EvilAllAlong: EvilAllAlong:
**
[[spoiler: Towards the end of the game, you learn that Kovac is responsible for luring aircraft and boats into crashing into the archipelago, then pitting the survivors against the zombies in order to gather data for his survival guide. The ending also reveals that Ramon is working with Kovac as well, which is why he kept sending you all over the archipelago where you had to fight your way through tons of zombies.]]
** In the second game, [[spoiler: the ultimate goal of the "main quest" is to help Kovac build a powerful transmitter to broadcast a special signal, with the implication that this will somehow help with the zombie problem. In truth, Kovac wants to send a challenge to extraterrestrials to get them to invade Earth, having become bored with zombies as people have started to adapt to them. Kovac succeeds, and in the post-endgame aliens will show up and start causing mayhem on top of the zombies; at least the aliens and the zombies will fight each other on top of trying to kill all humans.
]]


''How To Survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by [[http://howtosurvivethegame.com/index.php EKO Studios]]. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain that's mainly inhabited by zombies, and are assisted by an eccentric Russian man named Kovac, whose "How to Survive" guide (the pages of which are scattered across the island) will teach you how to do exactly that.

to:

''How To Survive'' is an 2013 isometric {{Survival Horror}} SurvivalSandbox game by [[http://howtosurvivethegame.com/index.php EKO Studios]].Studios]], released for [[UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer PC]] and ported to UsefulNotes/PS3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain that's mainly inhabited by zombies, and are assisted by an eccentric Russian man named Kovac, whose "How to Survive" guide (the pages of which are scattered across the island) will teach you how to do exactly that.



A sequel, ''How to Survive 2'', is currently in Early Access on Steam. The zombie outbreak has spread across the entire world, and Kovac is seemingly gathering survivors to build "the village of hope" as a beacon of human civilization in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. You play as one of the survivors brought in by Kovac's broadcast and end up assisting him in his endeavor.

to:

A sequel, ''How to Survive 2'', is currently was released on PC in 2016 after spending time in UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} Early Access on Steam.Access, and was then ported to UsefulNotes/PS4 and UsefulNotes/XboxOne the following year. The zombie outbreak has spread across the entire world, and Kovac is seemingly gathering survivors to build "the village of hope" as a beacon of human civilization in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. You play as one of the survivors brought in by Kovac's broadcast and end up assisting him in his endeavor.





* CriticalHit: There's a random chance of one when you're shooting.

to:

* CriticalHit: There's a random chance of one when you're shooting. In ''2'', the game instead has an aiming system, where if you aim at a zombie that's close enough for long enough, you'll be able to score a critical hit.



* FinishingMove: The ''execution moves'' in melee, which can be performed on staggered zombies.

to:

* FinishingMove: The ''execution moves'' in melee, which can be performed on staggered zombies. In ''2'', the zombie must be weak enough to be finished.


Added DiffLines:

* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Can be done with some melee weapons, such as the pitchfork.


* Wham Line: ''Ready for another round?''

to:

* Wham Line: WhamLine: ''Ready for another round?''



----

to:

----


''How To Survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by [[http://howtosurvivethegame.com/index.php EKO Studios]]. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain that's mainly inhabited by zombies.

to:

''How To Survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by [[http://howtosurvivethegame.com/index.php EKO Studios]]. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain that's mainly inhabited by zombies.zombies, and are assisted by an eccentric Russian man named Kovac, whose "How to Survive" guide (the pages of which are scattered across the island) will teach you how to do exactly that.



A stand-alone expansion, ''How to Survive: Third Person'', has also been released. It features the same campaign as the original game, but played from an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective rather than the original isometric top-down perspective.

A sequel, ''How to Survive 2'', is currently in Early Access on Steam. The zombie outbreak has spread across the entire world, and Kovac is seemingly gathering survivors to build "the village of hope" as a beacon of human civilization in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. You play as one of the survivors brought in by Kovac's broadcast and end up assisting him in his endeavor.



* BearsAreBadNews: Bears are the toughest animals in the game, and whenever they grab you they'll steal some of your food.



* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Towards the end of the game, you learn that Kovac is responsible for luring aircraft and boats into crashing into the archipelago, then pitting the survivors against the zombies in order to gather data for his survival guide. The ending also reveals that Ramon is working with Kovac as well, which is why he kept sending you all over the archipelago where you had to fight your way through tons of zombies.]]



* InventoryManagementPuzzle: When your character needs to carry food and water with them in addition to traditional weapons and healing items, not to mention the crafting implements, figuring out how to fit everything in one backpack is a challenge to say the least.

to:

* InventoryManagementPuzzle: When your character needs to carry food and water with them in addition to traditional weapons and healing items, not to mention the crafting implements, figuring out how to fit everything in one backpack is a challenge to say the least. Fortunately, most items don't disappear if you drop them on the ground and leave the area, so if you're overloaded you can store your extra stuff at a safe area.


Added DiffLines:

* MeleeATrois: Very rarely, predators will attack zombies, causing the zombies to aggro against them. However, this is very rare and it's not clear what triggers it, as most of the time animals and zombies will simply ignore each other.

Added DiffLines:

* Wham Line: ''Ready for another round?''


** The tutorial tips call these a "critical hit", a term normally used for

to:

** The tutorial tips call these a "critical hit", a term normally used for a special situation that causes extra damage rather than simply hitting harder than normal.

Added DiffLines:

* AttackBackfire: When you restart the electrical system, the first tower electrifies a zombie and resurrects it. Attacking this enemy with a melee weapon will shock you for a few seconds.


Added DiffLines:

** The tutorial tips call these a "critical hit", a term normally used for


Added DiffLines:

* RevivingEnemy: The elecrtical zombies can electrify their comrades, and bring them back to fighting condition.

Added DiffLines:

** Said ammo being grapeshot, so ''whatever'' random bits and pieces of metal make it.


* LargeHam: Everyone besides Kovac suffers from over-acting.

to:

* LargeHam: Everyone besides Kovac suffers from over-acting.under-acting.


''How To Survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by EKO Studios. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain which were inhabited by zombies mainly.

to:

''How To Survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by [[http://howtosurvivethegame.com/index.php EKO Studios. Studios]]. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain which were that's mainly inhabited by zombies mainly.zombies.



* AnnoyingArrows: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. While the arrows are weaker than bullets, they're still more than capable of bringing zombies down with multiple shots. Using them can often be a better bet, because while you're reliant on ammo drops with guns, arrows can always be made by chopping up wood.
* BoomHeadshot: It ''is'' a game about zombies, after all. However, the headshots aren't necessary and enough body damage will also bring them down.



* BulletproofVest: Looted off soldiers' corpses/defeated soldier zombies alongside helmets. They obviously aren't used fro direct purpose, but still provide decent protection in melee, especially when reinforced with bone or metal plate.
* ChainsawGood: Chainsaws are the most powerful melee weapons in the game, divided into small capacity and high capacity. As expected, they're also the most resource-consuming by far.



* CriticalHit: There's a random chance of one when you're shooting.



* FriendlyFireproof: Averted. If you're playing in co-op, the shots from your partner ''will'' inflict damage on your character and vice versa.
* LargeHam: Everyone besides Kovac suffers from over-acting.
* HeavilyArmoredMook: Soldier zombies, which wear body armour and/or helmets, and so can only be reliably taken down with leg shots or powerful melee attacks.

to:

* FlamingArrows: Dousing gasoline onto arrows creates Incendiary Arrows, which has this effect on zombies.
* FriendlyFireproof: Averted. If you're playing in co-op, the shots from your partner ''will'' inflict damage on your character and vice versa.versa.
* GiantMook: The Brute zombies, which deal considerable damage and have great amounts of health.

* LargeHam: Everyone besides Kovac suffers from over-acting.
* HeavilyArmoredMook: Soldier zombies, which wear body armour and/or and helmets, and so can only be reliably taken down with leg shots or powerful melee attacks.attacks.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Averted; eating food only deals with your hunger and doesn't provide healing. However, it is possible to craft a potion that provides defence boost, a potion which instantly improves your aim and another that gives a strength boost, assuming you have Unbreakable and Super Soldier skills.


Added DiffLines:

* JackOfAllTrades: Fittingly, the character named Jack fulfills this role in the game.
* KillItWithFire: The gasoline bottles can either be turned into Molotov Cocktails by adding a piece of cloth as fuse, or doused onto arrows to create Incendiary Arrows.
** One of the survivor characters, Kenji, can be turned into a pyromaniac with a skill tree devoted largely to fire. He gets increased flame damage, explosive arrows and ability to carry double amount of Molotovs, amongst other things.
* LargeHam: Everyone besides Kovac suffers from over-acting.
* MoneySpider: Averted and [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]]. Zombies and other enemies don't carry anything at all, with exception of soldier zombies who can their body armour looted. A character named Jack does get a high-level skill that allows for random drops of potions and other useful items on zombies. It's named ''Lucky Survivor'' to acknowledge the unlikelyhood of this happening.


[[quoteright:345:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/how_to_survive_game_7309.jpg]]




!! Examples in the game
* {{Survival Horror}}: A more actiony take of this trope, but mainly this.
* {{Item Crafting}}: You are able to create custom, handmade, guns, shotguns, snip.. ahem PRECISION rifles, healing salves etc.

to:

\n!! Examples This game provides examples of the following tropes:

* BossBattle: Every time the Tyrant appears, it always sets off difficult battle to defeat him.
* ChargedAttack: Can be performed with melee weapons. While it takes a while to swing, the resultant hit will kill weaker zombies outright and stagger all but most powerful, allowing for a FinishingMove.
* DamageReduction: Crafting armor will reduce the amount of damage your character takes.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: The bloated zombies will explode in a shower of gore after death.
* {{Expy}}: Kovac, who guides you through the tutorial and wrote all the tips and notes
in the game
* {{Survival Horror}}: A
game has more actiony take than a hint of this trope, but mainly this.
[[VideoGame/DeadSpace Isaac Clarke]] about him.
** Even more obvious: Kovac is the true surname of the [[spoiler: always-masked Rorschach]] in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* {{Item Crafting}}: FinishingMove: The ''execution moves'' in melee, which can be performed on staggered zombies.
* FriendlyFireproof: Averted. If you're playing in co-op, the shots from your partner ''will'' inflict damage on your character and vice versa.
* LargeHam: Everyone besides Kovac suffers from over-acting.
* HeavilyArmoredMook: Soldier zombies, which wear body armour and/or helmets, and so can only be reliably taken down with leg shots or powerful melee attacks.
* InsistentTerminology: Sniper rifles are always referred to as precision rifles.
* InventoryManagementPuzzle: When your character needs to carry food and water with them in addition to traditional weapons and healing items, not to mention the crafting implements, figuring out how to fit everything in one backpack is a challenge to say the least.
* ItemCrafting:
You are able to create custom, handmade, custom guns, shotguns, snip.. ahem PRECISION rifles, precision rifles and other weaponry. The supporting supplies such as healing salves etc.can also be crafted.
* NonHumanUndead: Sometimes, you'll have to fight aggressive wild animals instead of zombies. Then, there'll be zombified versions of those animals.
* OffModel: The game has rather inconsistent animation. Some things, like final blows on zombies, look good, while others suffer from obvious shortage of frames.
* RPGElements: There several playable characters, and each of them has different skill set. In co-op, it allows them to complement each other.
* SurvivalHorror: A more long-term and action-y take on this trope. You know where and when the enemies are going to attack, but you still dread them because of your shortage of supplies and manpower needed to defeat their waves.
* SuspiciouslyCrackedWall: The bushes will usually reveal helpful items behind them when they're cut away with a machete.
* TeleportingKeycardSquad: You'll ''always'' get attacked by a large wave of zombies when you open the door to one of the shacks on the island for the first time.
* TitleDrop: ''How To Survive'' is the name of the guide written by Kovac, the chapters of which you'll discover when scavenging around the islands.
* WeakenedByTheLight: The elite night-time only zombies will freeze or even temporarily run away when they have the flashlight shone on them.
* UniversalAmmunition: All guns use the same kind of ammo, whether they're shotguns, pistols or precision rifles. Rather surprising, considering the game's otherwise hardcore-survival nature.
----


''How to survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by EKO Studios. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain which were inhabited by zombies mainly.

Game portrays a large crafting option which is its main selling point. You are able to create and/or modify the items you have in your inventory. Also it keeps track of player's hunger, thirst, tiredness and sleep levels. You have to find clean water, food, and rest regularly in the special bunkers in the islands.

It also lists its sense of humor as a feature but considering this paragraph was written much later after this initial writeup is done this troper does not think so.

The game will be released on 23.10.2013.

More info can be found over:
http://howtosurvivethegame.com

to:

''How to survive'' To Survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}} game by EKO Studios. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to an island chain which were inhabited by zombies mainly.

Game portrays a large The game offers an expansive crafting option which is as its main selling point. You are able to create and/or modify the items you have in your inventory. Also it keeps track of player's hunger, thirst, tiredness and sleep levels. You levels, so you'll have to find clean water, food, and rest regularly in the special bunkers in the islands.

It also lists its sense of humor as a feature but considering this paragraph was written much later after this initial writeup is done this troper does not think so.

The game will be released on 23.10.2013.

More info can be found over:
http://howtosurvivethegame.com
islands. Scattered across the islands are tongue-in-cheek excerpts from an in-game guidebook detailing what you must do to fight effectively and keep yourself alive.




* {{Survival Horror}}: A more action take of this trope but mainly this.

to:

* {{Survival Horror}}: A more action actiony take of this trope trope, but mainly this.


''How to survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}}game by EKO Studios. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to a group of islands which were inhabited by zombies mainly.

to:

''How to survive'' is an isometric {{Survival Horror}}game Horror}} game by EKO Studios. You play as a survivor who is washed ashore to a group of islands an island chain which were inhabited by zombies mainly.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 16

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report