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Survival RPG 'NEO Scavenger' Officially Launched

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The post-apocalyptic survival RPG was officially launched yesterday after nearly four years in development, according to a post on developer Blue Bottle Games' website. Former technical artist at BioWare and founder of Blue Bottle Games, Daniel Fedor, describes NEO Scavenger as a love letter to the pen and paper role-playing games he grew up playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2K3mihtzrA

Note that the video above is an early gameplay trailer from August 2012.

NEO Scavenger starts off with the protagonist, Philip Kindred, waking up from cryogenic-sleep inside a cryogenics lab. Controlling him, your object is to stay alive by finding food, clothing and shelter, and by defending yourself against mutants and other human survivors. Aside from your name on a medical wristband you know nothing about yourself as you set out into the wastelands of future Michigan.

There's a demo available which includes the opening skill selection, some crafting and the opening encounter. It's available both as a download and a browser version, but it's worth mentioning that both versions and the full game uses Flash.

The game was developed using open source tools and libraries, like Flixel, FlashDevelop and Audacity and it was in The Humble Weekly Sale: Celebrates Open Source bundle in March. It has been in Steam Early Access since December last year and is very popular among people who has played it, with 96% positive reviews on Steam. It has also received positive reviews from gaming websites, and Adam Smith of Rock, Paper, Shotgun had mostly positive things to say about the version he played earlier this year:

QuoteThis is a brutal game about survival in a harsh world. It’s also one of the best single player turn-based RPGs I’ve played for a long time.


The game is available from numerous digital stores, including GOG, Desura and Steam. You can also get a DRM free version directly from the developer with included keys for Desura and Steam.

About the game

NEO Scavenger is a game where you must survive in the wasteland long enough to figure out who you are. Each turn, you must decide where to go, how to scavenge for supplies, and how to deal with anything and anyone you encounter. And with each passing minute, the pit in your stomach grows, your dehydration worsens, your muscles tire, and your body temperature drops in the cold autumn air.
Choose your starting abilities carefully, because they and your wits are the only tools you have in the apocalypse!

  • Realistic survival simulation, with complex wounds and treatments, illnesses, hunger, thirst, warmth, and carrying capacity. Death is permanent!
  • A mix of sandbox and story play, with random content and character customization to make each replay different.
  • A unique post-apocalyptic setting in near-future Michigan, with elements of science fiction and supernatural horror.
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10 comments

Skully 16 Dec, 2014
I have had this game for many months. It suprised me alot. I didn't think I would like it.
I have spent just over 10hours so far with the game and find it very good.
There is soo much depth to this. Once I start I can't stop until I am dead, then I get angry and play something else lmao
Beta Version 16 Dec, 2014
Does it requires Flash?
zimplex1 16 Dec, 2014
I've been waiting for the release to buy it. Totally picking this up.
flesk 16 Dec, 2014
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Quoting: Beta VersionDoes it requires Flash?

Unfortunately, yes. I should have been clearer about that, and have made a minor change to the article to point that out.
chrisq 16 Dec, 2014
It is quite fun, but casual/mainstream gamers beware: This game is probably not for you.

The controls are quirky, the graphics are 1980s quality and there is no character building.

Still it was the game I played the most a few months back. If you like survival, looting and don't mind old school rpg interfaces, then this is pretty nice.

Yeah and you have to tolerate flash, which is horrid.
Mnoleg 16 Dec, 2014
Quoting: flesk
Quoting: Beta VersionDoes it requires Flash?
Unfortunately, yes. I should have been clearer about that, and have made a minor change to the article to point that out.

Dammit! I think I'll wait for the Haxe remake.
flesk 16 Dec, 2014
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Quoting: RobertDammit! I think I'll wait for the Haxe remake.

Yeah, I really wish more developers started using Haxe too. From what I've heard, the jump from ActionScript isn't huge, and it enables you to reach more platforms with less trouble.
hardpenguin 16 Dec, 2014
Quoting: Robert
Quoting: flesk
Quoting: Beta VersionDoes it requires Flash?
Unfortunately, yes. I should have been clearer about that, and have made a minor change to the article to point that out.
Dammit! I think I'll wait for the Haxe remake.
Not 100% sure but I believe the standalone game doesn't need installing anything in your system to work. But it uses Flash, it just might be integrated with the game binary or something like that ;)
drmoth 17 Dec, 2014
Uuuuuugh...Flash. That's just completely changed my first impressions of this game...
pd12 17 Dec, 2014
This game does suck you in!
Even though I've only gotten like 10% of the way to victory ...
It's also slightly dark. Actually pretty dark sometimes. Will have to stomach up for some more play throughs then!

Also, yes, it's flash but runs alright from Steam.
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