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Raft is an indie Survival Sandbox game developed by Redbeet Interactive and published by Axolot Games. It was fully released on Steam in May, 2018.

Alone or together, players battle to survive a perilous voyage across a vast sea on their titular raft. Gathering debris, scavenging reefs and building a floating home, while dodging thieving seagulls and man-eating sharks.

Raft provides examples of:

  • After the End: In the full Steam version, you can discover a secret, flooded platform that reveals that the game is in the not-so-distant future where the world has gone the way of Waterworld and most of the planet has been drowned beneath an endless sea because of the ice caps melting.
  • Action Survivor: Fight off sharks with a spear!
  • Bandit Mook: Seagulls will steal your food if you're not careful.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Averted. You will slow down and your sight will begin to blur or black out if you're starving, dehydrated or seriously wounded.
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  • Death from Above: Rocs in large islands will fly by and pelt you with rocks.
  • Foreshadowing: Under the water around islands, you can sometimes find submerged little huts. Turns out the islands didn't sink - the sea rose.
  • Green Aesop: Subtle, but every commodity you eventually build for yourself will be made with recycled flotsam and renewable materials.
  • Hearts Are Health: Your life meter is represented by a cartoon heart.
  • Item Crafting: Start building or you won't survive long.
  • Just Add Water: The Pot recipes simply require you to put certain combinations of ingredients inside it to make multiple servings of more nourishing meals. And contrary to the trope name, you don't even need to add water.
  • Lost at Sea: The central premise of the game is to survive this.
  • MacGyvering: Everything you craft is entirely or mainly made of cobbled together scraps.
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  • Mooks Ate My Equipment: The shark will munch squares of you raft and whatever happens to be on them.
  • No Antagonist: There is no real villain and the only threats to you are natural.
  • No "Arc" in "Archery": Heavily averted. Bows have a very limited range due to the fact arrows will plummed down after a couple dozen feet.
  • Nobody Poops: You need to eat and drink but that's as far as your digestion goes.
  • No Periods, Period: If you play as a woman, you won't need to worry about your menstrual cycle.
  • Organ Drops: You can get and cook meat from enemies you kill. Since they all happen to be animals, it's all good.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: Choosing to play as a man or a woman makes absolutely no difference to the game.
  • Survival Sandbox: Or should that be Survival Sea?
  • Super-Persistent Predator: A series of them, actually. A shark is always circling your raft. If you manage to kill it, you get a few minutes of peace... until another one takes its place and continues to follow you to the ends of the ocean.
  • Threatening Shark: One will stalk your raft and attack it every now and then, destroying the squares you build unless you drive it away. Naturally it will eat you if you linger in the water too long.
  • You Require More Vespene Gas: You need to reel in resources like wood and plastic using your hook to build things to keep yourself alive like water purifiers and fishing rods.
  • With This Herring: You start on a 2x2 raft with nothing but a plastic hook to reel in floating garbage, with no food or water and a shark eager to chew on it and you. Good luck.
  • Wham Shot: Once you reach the radio tower, the game is over, right? Nope, and you find out by finding a billboard and newspaper clippings explaining the entire world has been flooded, and there might maybe be an utopia that still has enough dry land to survive out there.

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