Survival Games Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Survival Games RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Muck Game Crashing Fix Guide Mon, 16 Aug 2021 10:59:13 -0400 Sergey_3847

Muck on Steam keeps crashing for many players even after some of the official bug fixes being released. So, what could be the problem? This guide will look into all the possible game crashing issues with Muck, and provide you with tips on how to fix them.

These game crashes are often caused by little things that many players overlook. For this reason we will provide you with some standard solutions, as well as some unforeseen causes that may crash your game.

Muck Game Crashing Fix Guide

Before trying anything new to fix your Muck game, test out all the standard procedures in the case of game crashing.

Re-install Your Game

All games are vulnerable to file errors, including Muck. Even a minor broken file can cause frequent game crashes. That's why it's always a good idea to simply re-install your game.

Follow these steps to re-install Muck on Steam:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Muck game
  4. Go to "Manage" option
  5. Select "Uninstall" from the list

Once this is done, which shouldn't take long at all, it is advisable to restart your PC. After that, load the Steam client and install Muck by pressing the Install button.

Update Your Game to the Latest Version

Muck developer Dani consistently releases new updates for the game that also include lots of bug fixes. If your game is crashing, it is possible that your game may not have the latest updates installed.

In order to update Muck to the latest version in Steam follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Muck game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Select "Updates" tab
  6. Choose "Always Keep This Game Updated" feature

Now you can be sure that Steam will update your game every time a new batch of bug fixes is being released.

Verify Integrity of Your Game Files

If you don't want to re-install the whole game, and you are sure that your game is fully updated, then you can verify the integrity of your game files through Steam.

You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Muck game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab
  6. Select "Verify Integrity of Game Files" feature

Wait for the process to finish, which could take several minutes. At the end you will receive a report log stating which files have been fixed.

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

One of the most common reasons for game crashing is the old versions of graphics drivers. If you haven't updated your graphics cards drivers for some time, then it is recommended to start doing it regularly.

Follow these instructions to update nVidia graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest nVidia graphics drivers from the official page
  2. Start the installation process
  3. Restart your PC when finished

Follow these instructions to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest ATI Radeon graphics drivers from the official page
  2. Start the installation process
  3. Restart your PC when finished

Update Your Windows System

Windows OS also requires regular updates for all features of the game to be playable. That's why you need to update it regularly to prevent game crashes.

You can update your Windows 10 by doing the following:

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" tab
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature
  4. Select "Windows Update" feature
  5. Click on "Check for Updates" option

You can also make your Windows update automatically by selecting Automatic updates in the Advanced settings in the same window.

Turn off Antivirus and Firewall

At times antivirus and firewall programs may interfere with your games, especially the ones that need to be online, which is the case with Muck.

If you're running an in-build Windows Defender antivirus, then you can temporarily turn it off during the gameplay:

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" tab
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab
  5. Select "Virus and Threat Protection" feature
  6. Go to "Manage Settings" option
  7. Set the real-time protection to OFF

You also need to temporarily disable the Windows firewall:

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" tab
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab
  5. Select "Firewall and Windows Protection" feature
  6. Open "Windows Security" settings
  7. Switch the Microsoft Defender Firewall option OFF

When you're finished playing, you can switch both antivirus and firewall back on.

Run Muck as Administrator

Finally, you can start your Muck game as an administrator, which gives you all the permissions, so that none of the programs will interfere with your gameplay.

You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Muck game
  4. Go to "Manage" option
  5. Select "Add Desktop Shortcut" option
  6. Go to your desktop
  7. Right-click on the Muck icon
  8. Select "Run as Administrator" option

Hopefully, these tips helped you solve the Muck crashing issues. Check out other Muck game tips and tricks articles by following our dedicated guides page.

Muck: How to Beat Chief Tue, 10 Aug 2021 11:34:26 -0400 Sergey_3847

In the latest update 1.3 for the survival game Muck, the developer introduced a new world boss simply named Chief. This boss carries a new weapon, the Chief's Spear, which he may drop after being defeated. This guide will provide you with tips on how to beat Chief in Muck.

If you manage to defeat this new enemy, you will not only earn special rewards but also unlock a new Chief achievement. In this guide, you will learn about the best armor, weapons, and upgrades that will help you beat Chief, as well as a complete breakdown of all his moves and tactics on how to avoid them.

Since Chief uses the strongest melee weapon in the game, the Chief's Spear, it is advisable to craft the strongest possible armor in the game before fighting this new boss

One of the latest Muck updates made it possible for players to craft a new type of armor made of Obamium ore, which is the best material for crafting the armor set that has the most defenses in the game.

Obamium armor can be crafted in an anvil using the following recipe:

  • Helmet: 5x Obamium bar
  • Chest: 15x Obamium bar
  • Legs: 15x Obamium bar
  • Shoes: 5x Obamium bar

The other best weapon in the game besides the Chief's Spear is the Night Blade, which is available inside the cave chests or through crafting. If you still haven't got one, then it is highly advisable to craft it using this recipe:

  • 1x Black Shard
  • 15x Dark Oak Wood
  • 10x Obamium bar

However, during a particular attack Night Blade might not be the best weapon against the Chief, so use a bow with arrows instead.

Currently, the best bow in Muck is the Ancient Bow, which can be crafted in the fletching table with the help of this recipe:

  • 1x Ancient Bone
  • 1x Rope

Ancient Bone can be found inside the free chest in the Fletcher's Hut or as a drop from the Gronk boss.

The best type of arrows that will deal the maximum amount of damage to Chief are Lightning arrows. These can be crafted with the help of:

  • 1x Lightning Ball
  • 1x Dark Oak Wood

Lightning Balls drop only from Lightning Dave mobs. If you can't find these, then use fire arrows instead.

In addition to the weapons and armor that you will need for the Chief boss fight, you also should stack up some of the following upgrades:

  • Crimson Dagger
  • Horseshoe
  • Juice
  • Adrenaline
  • Berserk
  • Sniper Scope

These upgrades are designed to boost your health and increase your critical hit chance, which is especially important against the buffed version of Chief.

Beat the Chief

Chief can be compared to the Gronk boss, as some of his attack patterns are similar. But he's also got his own tricks, so be prepared for all of them.

Once you summon Chief by interacting with his statue, you need to be aware of the following attack patterns:

  • Slam Attack. His standard attack involves him slamming his spear into the ground. This happens only in case you get too close to Chief, so keep a healthy distance and this won't bother you.
  • Twirl Attack. Chief will produce a strange sound that will signal to your his twirl attack. Then, he starts spinning and hitting anything that catches his spear. Just run backward and start shooting him with your bow until he stops spinning.
  • Leap Strike. You shouldn't run away from Chief too far either, as he will perform the leap strike attack when he jumps forward and slams his spear into the ground.
  • Spear Throw. This attack is very similar to Gronk's sword throw. All you can do is hide behind the trees and the rocks. If the spear catches you, it'll deal a lot of damage. Fortunately, you will have enough time to take cover.

You will have short windows between these attack patterns, which you can use to deal damage to Chief.

The Night Blade can kill him in just five direct hits, but if you're using the upgrades, then he can die in three. So stack up on those upgrades, and patiently wait for your attack windows. In no time, you will easily defeat Chief.


Once you beat the Chief boss, he will randomly drop the following items (including drop rates):

  • Coin: 50-100 (100%)
  • Oak Wood: 5-15 (40%)
  • Ancient Core (33%)
  • Dark Oak Wood: 5-15 (20%)
  • Spear Tip (10%)
  • Chief's Spear (2.5%)

That's all you need to know on how to beat the Chief boss in Muck. If you want to know more about Muck, then head over to our dedicated guides page.

Chernobylite Review: Stalking Simulator Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:46:53 -0400 Mark Delaney

I recently joked that I'm incapable of scoring a game lower than a 7/10 if it involves sneaking around in tall grass. It's a mechanic that I always enjoy and honestly, it's one that has tended to set a proverbial floor for me when reviewing games.

Chernobylite disproves this theory. It's not a bad game, but it's an incredibly uneven one. Its high points are inventive and exciting. Its low points are tedious and repetitive.

It dishes out these situations in roughly equal measure, leading to a game that lands in the squishy middle of its genre, but like The Farm 51's past work, Get Even, its weirdness is occasionally wonderful.

Chernobylite Review: Stalking Simulator

The story in the first-person survival-shooter RPG Chernobylite starts fast and quickly branches into several directions before you can even get your bearings. Playing a scientist named Igor exploring the ruins of the Chernobyl disaster in the years that follow the nuclear plant meltdown, you'll be concerned with a number of plot threads.

Chief among them is to find your love, Tatyana, who went missing following the disaster, but who has been coming to you in your dreams, leading you to believe she's still alive. You'll also need to contend with the NAR, a ruthless mercenary outfit that has set up shop in the same ruins for reasons not yet understood. 

While the big picture is a wild one of unraveling a spacetime mystery involving the titular emerging energy resource, your day-to-day plays out much more like a survival game.

Managing health, radiation exposure, and your psyche can mean using competing remedies, whereby your radiation medicine may damage your psyche, for example. Meanwhile, scavenging one of several maps at a pace of one level per in-game day means you'll need to have a gameplan every time Igor lifts his head off the pillow or risk coming home unprepared for another night ahead.

Chernobylite mission select screen showing available quests and recruits.

You can only perform one mission per day, and most days you'll want to focus on the main plot, but you can delay it for a while if you just want to explore side quests or scavenge. As you recruit others into your party, you can dole out more tasks to them, multiplying the number of crucial survival and crafting resources you keep back at your home base.

This is the best part of Chernobylite. Given a rather blank slate of a factory overlooking ground zero, you can customize what goes where and how it looks in a way that's a bit reminiscent of recent Fallout games. You can't craft new structures other than some dividing walls, but with tons of crafting stations and creature comforts, you can decorate your own post-apocalyptic abode like a weird Sims DLC.

The game makes finding supplies fairly simple, with a handheld device that highlights resources in each irradiated forest or mess of collapsed concrete. In turn, this means building your base in your image is fun and within reach if you put in the time and effort.

It can be dicey at times, like when your team grows in size and suddenly you have to ration food unequally, but it makes the emphasis on scavenging and team management very interesting, even giving allies a loyalty system whereby they can succeed, fail, disappear, or even die in seemingly any mission.

The base crafting menu in Chernobylite, showing the air purifier recipe and base stats.

Chernobylite is at its best between campaign levels, when you're training to learn new skills from your allies, building them each their own bedrooms, crafting lockpicks and ammo for the next day, and healing up from one challenge before facing another.

Unfortunately, it's often let down by missions that can feel too samey across the game's 30 or so hours. A full campaign run will see you return to the game's several hubs many times each, so even though you'll have different objectives, you'll retread the same lands. 

Those lands all generally feel the same as each other, and enemy encounters are too few and far between. Sneaking in the foliage with just enough ammo to take out a few enemies if stealth fails you should be more exciting than it is, but in practice, it becomes too easy to crouch up behind enemies and choke them out one at a time until you can freely explore and scavenge. 

With more or smarter enemies this could've been a highlight, but even the game's supernatural monsters can be pretty easily dodged, making their growls the mere clock chimes of forthcoming small annoyances rather than the harbingers of a tense encounter.

When combat does erupt in gunplay, the game is good at best, but I found it's fitting of the world. Your guns are recycled from, essentially, garbage. You're a scientist first and foremost, and you're meant to have very little to work with. Weapon sway, targeting, and recoil never feel great, but they feel, perhaps strangely, rewarding as a result, though I admit I'm not sure if this was intentional or not.

First-person view of Igor aiming down the sight of a gun, toward an enemy soldier.

Each level seems to offer the same sort of obstacles. Provided you bring three or so lockpicks, stock up on ammo as best you can, and complete your training regimens when they're available to you, missions aren't diverse enough to take you off your game. It makes loading out incredibly rote, which is too bad considering how much fun it is building up your base in the first place.

The few times I did enter into an area without what I needed, I caught glimpses of the game's best bits: finding myself irradiated, bleeding, traumatized all at once, with no easy way out - screwed, in other words.

The interpersonal dynamics can also be frustrating in that if you upset any party member too much, they will ditch you, seemingly without any other way to retain them. This can force your hand when making major decisions in the story's branching plot. If you're on thin ice with one character, but their mission request goes against what you feel is right, you'll be forced to do their bidding or say goodbye.

To be fair, it's a thin line to tread between realistically balancing your allies and this system which becomes unwieldy in the late-game, and the game does employ an innovative system that allows you to alter any decision made in your past whenever you die, essentially loading a saved game you didn't actually earn.

Still, that's more of a fun experiment in narrative disentanglement. It doesn't feel earned or satisfying when you rewrite history in this way, just interesting on a mechanical level.

Spliced into this device, already with so many moving parts, are dreamlike sequences that play out almost like theater, as you walk through memories you weren't present for. It's akin to the cinematic quality of The Farm 51's previous game, Get Even, but in this case, feels like story dumps that tell much more than show.

Chernobylite Review  — The Bottom Line

Two soldiers in camouflage looking toward a powerplant at night.


  • Base-building and crafting feel challenging but fun
  • Training across many disciplines with your allies allows for unique character builds
  • Scraping by day-to-day enjoyably keeps you on your toes


  • Levels and objectives feel too similar
  • Too few enemies most of the time
  • Managing group happiness often puts players at odds with their own preferences

Despite the flaws, something about Chernobylite feels like it's primed to enjoy cult classic status. Troubled but daring games are often the subject of smaller but passionate fanbases, and Chernobylite is nothing if not daring.

Several of those gambles don't payout in the end, but the journey is always a weird one, even if not always an exciting one.

[Note: The Farm 51 provided the copy of Chernobylite used for this review.]

Top 11 Muck Seeds for Multiplayer Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:51:26 -0400 Sergey_3847


Seed: 747474889


You can find a strange abomination of a structure in this seed if you go a bit to the north from the spawn point.


You will find two huts merged into one, but from different angles that makes it almost impossible to get inside without breaking the walls.


There are two green chests inside with some arrows, so be sure to check it out.




Those are the best Muck seeds for multiplayer sessions. If you want to find more about this survival game, then take a look at our dedicated Muck guides page.


Seed: -1148957751


Some players prefer to play with Gronk's Sword due to its unusual look. If you're one of them but you don't want to fight Gronk to get the sword, then you can go to a cave indicated by the marker on the map above and find it inside one of the free chests.


Just be careful, as the cave is guarded by a bunch of golems, so be quick about it.


Seed: 673833806


You will spawn next to a cave with all the major ores, such as obamium, adamantite, gold, and iron.


There are also two green chests and some rubies on the ceiling.


Beyond the cave to the north you will see another encampment with some nice loot:

  • 10x Flint Arrow
  • \n
  • 9x Iron Bar
  • \n
  • 1x Wood Axe
  • \n

Seed: 134566527


The Pitman's hut near spawn has a tree growing on top of it! This weird coincidence can be seen to the north of spawn.


There is a free chest inside and outside on the rock. But there are more green chests with golden items around as well, containing:

  • 10x Gold Bar
  • \n
  • 1x Gold Axe
  • \n
  • 9x Gold Ore
  • \n

Seed: 725797655


In the latest update, the developer of Muck added a new highly powerful weapon: Chief's Spear.


You can find a Spear Tip for this weapon inside one of the green chests near spawn. The chest stands on top of a rock between the huts and the shed to the west of spawn.


There is also a bow and some golden tools inside the chest.


Seed: 197390643


This seed will give you a quick access to one of the strongest weapons in the game: Night Blade. It can be found inside one of the chests in the cave, which is indicated by the marker on the map above.


There are also some huts nearby and traders of various types, so be sure to take a look at their deals, too.


Seed: -184745390


Spawn in an area with a Fletcher's hut that has three kinds of arrows inside its green chests, such as flint, iron, and wooden arrows.


The hut nearby with embedded rocks into its structure has three types of pickaxes, including the golden one.


All around you will find more free crates with really useful loot.


Seed: 2576245


This seed is a real survival haven for multiplayer games, as there are three revival totems right at spawn.


There is also a hut with free chests, and the Gronk's statue nearby.


If you travel to the north, you will find a statue of the Guardian with the red gem and a few more revival totems.


Seed: 612523574


Looter's huts are exceptionally rare, and this seed gives you one right near spawn. The free chest inside will give you a random powerup. If you don't like something you get the first time, you can restart the seed and get something better.


On the other side of the hill you can find the Jack's hut with two green chests holding:

  • 1x Wooden Axe
  • \n
  • 50x Shiny Coin
  • \n

Seed: 90098478


If you want to take on a new Chief boss, then you can do this right at spawn with your buddies.


There are some huts with free loot chests nearby, so you can get some food and weapons right away.


The green chests in the area include:

  • 7x Iron Bar
  • \n
  • 6x Mithril Bar
  • \n
  • 14x Iron Bar
  • \n
  • 84x Shiny Coin
  • \n
  • 3x Weird Soup
  • \n

Seed: 752881914


This seed will set you off on a good foot with many huts, green chests, and traders, including archers, smiths and woodcutters. All of them can be seen at spawn.


The loot inside the free chests includes:

  • 1x Steel Helmet
  • \n
  • 37x Iron Bar
  • \n
  • 30x Gold Bar
  • \n
  • 15x Flint
  • \n
  • 16x Shiny Coin
  • \n

The Muck 1.3 update added a lot of exciting features for the game's multiplayer mode, such as trader camps, two new enemies, new weapons and gear, and many bug fixes. You will find many of these new features right at spawn in our top Muck seeds selection. 


There are various traders, free weapons in chests, quick access to bosses, and revival totems in these seeds, so if you like to play Muck with your friends online, then be sure to test out every single seed on our list.


If you're looking for the best survival seeds in Muck, we've got you covered with this list of 11 you should check out first.

Muck: How to Kill Wyverns for the Wyvern Dagger Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:01:40 -0400 Gavin Burtt

Combat is a huge part of Muckand there aren't many weapons better for it than the Wyvern Dagger. This knife has the fastest attack speed of any weapon in the game, but is fairly average in terms of damage, dealing an amount between what mithril and adamantite swords deliver.

This guide will cover how to get the materials required to make the Wyvern Dagger, and how to craft it.

Muck: How to Kill Wyverns for the Wyvern Dagger

In order to craft the Wyvern Dagger, you are going to need one set of Wyvern Claws and ten pieces of Oak Wood. The ten pieces of oak are the easy part. You've likely got more than enough wood at this point, and if not, just get chopping. Attaining the Wyvern Claws is much trickier, as it requires you to kill Wyverns — a lot of them.

Wyverns are the green and yellow flying enemies that spawn only at night. They have a 1% chance of dropping Wyvern Claws when they die. They aren't particularly difficult to kill, nor or they that rare, but the fact that they only have a 1% chance of dropping the item you need means it will likely be a grind.

Wyverns will not start spawning until Day 7, so this gives you plenty of time to stock up on weapons and gear.

The most effective weapon to use against them is a bow. Melee weapons will not work while you are grounded. Unless you have a jetpack, you're probably not gonna get much use out of trying to slash at them. An oak bow is the most powerful of the wood bows, so you're best off using that.

Wyverns can deal some pretty heavy damage with their Windball projectiles. They will naturally try to keep their distance from you, but you should try to do the same. You'll both be firing ranged attacks at each other, and you want to have ample time to dodge if need be.

Its attacks always travel in perfectly straight lines, so as long as you strafe constantly, you're good. Remember to keep an eye out for other monsters that may be around you as well. The last thing you want is to die to a sneak attack from a second Wyvern.

There is one little trick that you can abuse to help make taking down these enemies a bit easier. Like other enemies, Wyverns will target structure blocks when they are nearby. At the moment, however, they can not deal damage to workbenches. This means that if you place a workbench down while in combat, this will momentarily "stun" the Wyvern as it tries and fails to damage the workbench. You can use this to lay down some easy attacks.

Muck: How to Craft the Wyvern Dagger

Once you have finally got yourself some Wyvern Claws, it's time to get crafting.

Head to your Anvil with your claws and ten Oak Wood and use them together to craft the Wyvern Dagger. This is a green-handled, curved yellow blade with incredible attack speed. It may not do as much damage as the other high-end blades in the game, but it more than makes up for it with the rate at which you can make attacks.

Decking out your Muck character with weapons and items like these are essential if you're looking to beat this game. Make good use of your newfound blade to tear through your foes at night as you work towards repairing the engine, and eventually fighting Bob the Dragon.

If you found this guide useful, we've got plenty of other guides for the game Muck!

Muck: All Food Recipes Guide Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:18:19 -0400 Sergey_3847

The survival aspect of the game Muck requires players to maintain their three main parameters: hunger, stamina, and health. These stats can be improved only with the help of special foods that can be cooked in a Cauldron.

This guide will provide you with the list of all food recipes in Muck. Before cooking any of these foods, you need to craft Cauldron. You can craft a Cauldron at a Workbench, using just 10 Wood and 10 Rock.

All Food Recipes in Muck

Bread Recipe
  • 1 Dough (+ Cauldron)

Dough can be crafted using 5x Wheat at a Workbench. You can find Wheat growing in groups of five in the open world.

Bread can also be found inside loot chests of the Jack Huts.

Bread has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 25
  • Hunger: 25
  • Stamina: 25
Cooked Meat Recipe
  • 1 Raw Meat (+ Cauldron)
  • 1 Fuel (Wood or Coal)

Raw Meat can be acquired by killing cows that can be found roaming the fields. It can also be found inside cave chests, but you still need to cook it.

Cooked Meat has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 20
  • Hunger: 50
  • Stamina: 5
Meat Soup Recipe
  • 1 Raw Meat
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

A bowl can be crafted using 1 Wood in a Workbench. Place 1 Raw Meat in a Bowl, and place the Bowl in a Cauldron.

Meat Soup has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 30
  • Hunger: 50
  • Stamina: 20
Meat Pie Recipe
  • 1 Raw Meat
  • 1 Dough
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

Meat Pie has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 30
  • Hunger: 60
  • Stamina: 20
Apple Pie Recipe
  • 1 Red Apple
  • 1 Dough
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

Red Apples are some of the most common fruits you can find on the ground.

They usually fall from the following trees:

  • Tree (20% chance)
  • Birch Tree (20% chance)
  • Fir Tree (40% chance)
  • Oak Tree (40% chance)

Often you can also find them inside the chests of the Jack Huts.

Apple Pie has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 30
  • Hunger: 60
  • Stamina: 20
Yellow Soup Recipe
  • 1 Ligon Shroom
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

Ligon Shrooms are bright yellow mushrooms that can be found on the ground.

Yellow Soup has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 10
  • Hunger: 50
  • Stamina: 10
Purple Soup Recipe
  • 1 Sugon Shroom
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

Sugon Shrooms are bright purple mushrooms that grow almost everywhere. These mushrooms are primarily used to restore stamina.

Purple Soup has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 10
  • Hunger: 10
  • Stamina: 40
Red Soup Recipe
  • 1 Gulpon Shroom
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

Gulpon Shrooms are bright red mushrooms that grow on the ground. These are primarily used to restore health.

Red Soup has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 30
  • Hunger: 10
  • Stamina: 10
Weird Soup Recipe
  • 1 Slurbon Shroom
  • 1 Bowl (+ Cauldron)

Slurbon Shrooms are multicolored mushrooms that can be rarely seen on the ground. These mushrooms have the highest capacity to restore all player stats.

Weird Soup has the following nutritious effects:

  • Health: 40
  • Hunger: 40
  • Stamina: 40

Those are all food recipes in the game Muck. For more Muck tips and tricks articles, please visit our dedicated hub page.

Muck: How to Beat Big Chunk Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:49:10 -0400 Sergey_3847

Big Chunk is the first big boss that players may encounter in the survival game Muck. This giant stone golem is very dangerous, so you'll need to be prepared before taking him on. This guide will provide you with tips and tricks on how to beat Big Chunk in Muck.

This boss drops some great loot. If you manage to defeat him, you will also unlock the David vs. Goliath achievement, which has been added in the latest update 3.

How to Beat Big Chunk in Muck

Prepare for the Fight

Big Chunk is a boss that is made entirely of stone, which makes him weak to blunt weapons, and especially to a pickaxe. The stronger pickaxe you have, the more damage you will deal to Big Chunk.

The first thing you need to do is craft an Adamantite Pickaxe, which is the strongest pickaxe in the game:

  • 10x Oak Wood
  • 5x Bark
  • 10x Adamantite Bar

This weapon will deal 40 damage with each hit, which can quickly kill even the buffed version of Big Chunk.

You also need to protect yourself from getting damaged by his attack. The Adamantite Armor is the best choice for this purpose, as it provides the best protection.

Adamantite Armor can be crafted in an anvil, just like pickaxe, using the following recipe:

  • Helmet: 5x Adamantite Bar
  • Chestplate: 15x Adamantite Bar
  • Pants: 15x Adamantite Bar
  • Boots: 5x Adamantite Bar

Once your gear and weapon are ready, you need to hoard some important upgrades that will help you greatly in defeating Big Chunk, such as:

  • Blue pills
  • Red pills
  • Dumbbells
  • Jetpacks
  • Crimson Dagger
  • Horseshoe
  • Sniper Scope
  • Knuts Hammer
  • Wings of Glory
  • Berserk

You may not find all of these in loot crates, but you could really benefit from Sniper Scope. Although it was been nerfed in the last update, it is still quite powerful. Every third strike will add so much damage to your hits.

Also, you need to find as many Jetpacks as you can. The higher you can jump, the less damage Big Chunk will be able to deal to you, since all his attacks are directed at the ground.

Fight Big Chunk

Big Chunk is quite slow, which you can use to your benefit during the fight, but his attacks are heavy, so learn all his patterns before starting a fight. As always, the fight with Big Chunk can be initiated after interacting with his statue.

This boss has three main attack phases:

  1. Big Slam
  2. Sweep
  3. Jump Slam

The first attack can be deadly, but it is easy to avoid. He will slam the ground with his stone club, which will cause many stone projectiles shoot out in the direction of the ground slam. As soon as he swings the club, move sideways and go behind him to strike his legs and feet with your pickaxe.

The second attack is very similar to the Bob the Dragon's attack, where he sweeps the area in a semi-circular way. This time you need to either jump backwards, or quickly move behind his back using jetpacks. The last one is more useful, as you can use this position to deal more damage to him.

The third attack is the most dangerous, mostly because you can't dodge it. Big Chunk will jump into the air and land on his feet throwing stone projectiles in all directions. The best way to avoid this attack is to find some sort of cover, such as hiding behind tightly packed trees or the hills.

This also means that choosing the area. Where you fight Big Chunk could play a role in your victory, so try to look out for a hilly area. Lastly, you can carry a bow with arrows to be able to hit him from behind the cover.


Once Big Chunk is defeated he will drop the following items depending on your luck:

  • Coin (50-100): 100%
  • Rock (25-50): 100%
  • Iron Ore (10-25): 80%
  • Chunkium Ore (5-20): 50%
  • Ancient Core: 33%
  • Mithril Ore (10-25): 30%
  • Hammer Shaft: 10%

That's all you need to know on how to beat Big Chunk in the game Muck. For more Muck tips and tricks articles, please visit our dedicated hub page.

How to Collect All 5 Gems in Muck Game Fri, 09 Jul 2021 09:12:40 -0400 Sergey_3847

If you want to complete the game Muck's optional storyline and unlock the "I am Inevitable" achievement, you need to find the five gems of different colors that are protected by the Guardian bosses. This guide will provide you with tricks and tips on how to collect all five gems in Muck.

Typically, you would have to find the map of the shipwreck, repair it, find the map for the Guardian statues, and fight each and every Guardian to obtain the five gems. You can find all this information in our guide right here.

This guide offers you a much faster way of beating the Guardians, so keep on reading for all the secrets below.

Muck: How to Collect All 5 Gems

Muck map showing five gem locations and the shipwreck site.

Before collecting the five gems you need to locate the five Guardians that drop the gems. If you use the seed 221294511, then your Guardians can be found on the spots indicated by the five colored markers on the map above.

Once you've located the five statues, you can start fighting the Guardians one by one. Usually, these bosses are quite hard to beat, especially the buffed versions, but fortunately, there is a much faster way to defeat them all.

A Guardian statue in a wooden shaft in the ground.

The quickest, safest, and most efficient way of beating all five Guardians has been discovered by the Steam user Disco_Lizzard.

This unique method involves creating a simple wooden structure around the Guardian statues that consists of four enclosed walls and a set of stairs, as shown in the screenshot above.

When this is done, follow these steps to farm Guardians and the five gems:

  1. Activate the statue by standing on top of the wall (try not to fall down)
  2. Once the Guardian wakes up, he will not be able to move
  3. Keep hitting the Guardian from above
  4. If the Guardian tries to attack you, jump off the wall
  5. Go back up the wall and hit him again

You can use the strongest weapon in the game for hitting the Guardians, such as Night Blade. Repeat this simple process until the Guardian is dead. You can use this method on every Guardian on the map and soon you will have all five gems in your collection.

That's all you need to know on how to collect all five gems in Muck game. If you're looking for more Muck tips and tricks articles, then visit our dedicated hub page.

Muck: How to Get the Night Blade Thu, 08 Jul 2021 10:49:50 -0400 Sergey_3847

After update 3 in the survival game Muck, the Night Blade is considered the strongest melee weapon in the game with a total damage of 130. You can either craft it or find it inside the cave chest, but that is an extremely rare case. This guide will provide you with all the tips on how to get the Night Blade in Muck.

If you get this powerful sword, you will automatically unlock The Black Swordsman achievement, which is one of the hardest in the game right now. Follow all the steps below and soon you will be able to use this excellent weapon.

How to Get the Nightblade in Muck

The easiest way to get Night Blade in Muck and The Black Swordsman achievement is to use the seed 221294511.

Once you spawn, just go to the location indicated by the red marker on the map above and you will arrive at a cave with the green chest near spawn. The chest contains the Night Blade sword and a boat map.

Muck: Night Blade Crafting Recipe

If you don't want to use the seed above, then you can craft the Night Blade using an anvil and the following recipe:

  • 1x Black Shard
  • 15x Dark Oak Wood
  • 10x Obamium Bar

The Black Shard is an extremely rare material that can be obtained either in the cave chests or as a drop from the Guardian mini-bosses.

Dark Oak Wood can be obtained by chopping trees using the Adamantite Axe (5x Bark, 5x Adamantite Bar, 10x Oak Wood).

Obamium Bars can be obtained by smelting Obamium ore in the Furnace. In order to mine the purple Obamium ore you need to use Adamantite Pickaxe, which has the same crafting recipe as Adamantite Axe.

As you see, it is much easier just to find the Night Blade in the cave chest, but it's up to you.

That's all you need to know on how to get the Night Blade in Muck survival game. For more Muck tips and tricks articles, please visit our dedicated hub page.

The 11 Best Muck Seeds for Survival Fri, 02 Jul 2021 11:39:27 -0400 Sergey_3847


Seed: 402526048


Here's a seed that will give you chuckle.


Muck is not a perfect game and has glitches of its own. Some are just too funny to ignore, like this one that spawns you at a location with a revive statue with a lump of coal for a head.


Loot-wise, the seed is pretty good too, so don't skip on it.


Those are the best Muck seeds for survival and beating the story quickly. If you want to find more about this survival game, then take a look at our dedicated Muck guides page.


Seed: 1351518951


Usually, players can only ores that need to be mined and stacked for further development into bars. But this seed gives you a hut near spawn that has a chest with two types of bars:

  • 9x Mithril Bar
  • \n
  • 5x Adamantite Bar
  • \n

There is also Mithril Axe and a boat map in the green chest. You can use both types of bars and craft top-tier gear right away.


Seed: 3284124


This is probably the most hardcore seed you'll find in Muck, but it may find its fans. You'll spawn right next to a cave full of rubies and gold ore. But there is a catch: the cave is protected by two Stone Golems.


This is definitely a challenging seed, but if you would like to spice things up, then it's worth a try for all those shiny rubies.


Seed: 7933219


Here is another great seed for speedrunning the optional storyline with Bob the Dragon. You'll spawn right next to a Guardian statue with a green gem. There is also adamantite ore all around, so you can quickly craft great armor and weapons.


The rest of the area has a decent number of chests and other types of basic ores.


Seed: 7326963


Here, you'll spawn in a lush area with mithril, adamantite, and obamium ores. To your left, you can find a Big Chunk Statue and a Guardian with a yellow gem.


This would be a great seed to start with if you want to complete the optional storyline really quickly.


Seed: 570259


In this seed, you'll start on a hill with plenty of chests and a hut with a furnace. There are two green chests inside the hut that contain:

  • 13x Mithril Ore
  • \n
  • 22x Rock
  • \n
  • 21x Coal
  • \n
  • 1x Steel Boots (+3 armor)
  • \n
  • 2x Map
  • \n

The area further to the south has all the main ores and types of wood you'll need.


Seed: 589805


This is another remarkable Muck seed that will take you to a plain full of chests and resources. The spawn area mostly has iron and adamantine available, as well as various types of wood.


The visible area around spawn has at least 50 chests, a hut with a workbench, and two green chests that contain a wood axe and a boat map.


Seed: 621397


In this Muck seed, you'll spawn in a lush valley full of obamium, gold, adamantite, and iron.


There are also plenty of blue, black, and orange chests, as well as many types of wood.


The are also two carts with six green chests that contain three maps, +2 armor gold boots, and a gold axe.


Seed: 6705893


This seed is perfect for speedrunning Muck's optional storyline. There is a boat right at spawn and a Guardian with a green gem.


There is also plenty of obamium, which is required for repairing the ship's engine, all around the spawn.


The rest of the area is filled with chests of different rarities, full of plenty of loot.


Seed: 7155564


Looking for a good headstart? This seed has a hut with an anvil right at spawn, and two green chests that contain the following items:

  • 1x Mithril Sword
  • \n
  • 1x Steel Helmet (+4 Armor)
  • \n
  • 1x Steel Boots (+3 Armor)
  • \n
  • 1x Steel Pickaxe
  • \n
  • 78x Coin
  • \n
  • 19x Wood
  • \n
  • 29x Coal
  • \n
  • 2x Map
  • \n

Seed: 896066


This seed spawns you right in front of a cave with rubies, adamantite, gold, obamium, and mithril. There is also a hut with a complete furnace and a green chest with a boat map.


To the right of spawn, you will also find Gronk's Statue, which can be challenged for his amazing sword.


Whether you're playing Muck for its story or because of its survival aspects, there are specific seeds that can give you a leg up when starting out, many of them filled with top-tier loot at the very beginning. 


In this list, we've collected 11 of the very best Muck seeds. They'll give you quick and easy access to some of the best resources and loot in the game, including gear and weapons. All of them have crafting tables as well, so you'll always be able to craft at a moment's notice.


To access these seeds, just load the seed numbers in your Muck client. If you're looking for the best multiplayer Muck seeds, we've got a list of 11 right here

How to Beat Muck and the Final Boss, Bob the Dragon Thu, 01 Jul 2021 10:02:31 -0400 Sergey_3847

The new Update 3 for Muck introduces a storyline that players can complete by repairing a ship and defeating the final boss, Bob the dragon. This storyline is completely optional, so you can skip it if you want to keep playing Muck otherwise.

If you want to beat the game, then this guide will show you how to do it and how to beat the final boss in Muck. Just follow the steps listed below and soon you will be on your way to victory.

How to Beat Muck

Typically players would need to find a special map that is a random common drop in any of the green chests. This map shows the location of the shipwreck and the locations of the five gems required to fix it.

But you can simply use the seed 221294511 and follow the map you can see just above. This will save you some time since you won't be searching for maps, unless you want to play specifically in your own unique generated world.

Step 1: Defeat the Guardians

The Guardians (locations indicated by five color markers on the map) are five new bosses that need to be defeated. Each of them will drop one of five required gems for fixing the boat's engine.

Each Guardian can be defeated using melee weapons, such as swords, or a bow. If you can obtain the Gronk's Sword or an Ancient Bow, the fights would be much easier for you.

Look out for three types of attacks, when dealing with Guardians:

  • The Haymaker: Guardians will try to punch you at a close range, so keep a healthy distance.
  • The Beam: Guardians will shoot a laser beam at a medium range. You can protect yourself from it by hiding behind the trees or by using a shield.
  • The Undercarriage: Guardians will summon many laser beams from the ground, so try to avoid these by jumping backwards.

When you defeat the Guardians and collect all five gems, you can start working on the ship itself.

Step 2: Repair the Shipwreck

Before moving to the location of the shipwreck (indicated by the ship marker on the map), you need to collect some resources.

Here is a complete breakdown of all resources you need collect for the ship:

  • Two Broken Ladders: 30x Wood
  • Five Holes: 30x Wood
  • Engine: 12x Iron Bar
  • Engine Base: 7x Obamium Bar
  • Rod (Engine): 7x Adamantite Bar
  • Five Cogs (Engine): 25x Iron Bar
  • Ruby (Engine): 14x Ruby
  • Gems (Engine): 5x Gem
  • Core: 1x Ancient Core
  • Mast: 20x Dark Oak Wood
  • Sail: 13x Flax Fiber, 5x Rope
  • Eight Supply Crates: 80x Wood, 60x Rock, 30x Wheat, 10x Raw Meat
  • Stairs: 15x Fir Wood
  • Hut: 15x Oak Wood
  • Ship's Wheel: 8x Dark Oak Wood
  • Gold Pipes: 10x Gold Bar

Collect all these materials before repairing the ship, so you can finish the fixing itself in just a few minutes and continue on with the storyline.

Step 3: Beat the Dragon

When your ship is fully repaired, you can sail it out into the sea. Pretty soon the final boss of the game, named Bob the Dragon, will appear out of the water.

This boss battle has three main phases:

  1. Bob will fly around the ship, shooting fireballs at you
  2. Bob will land on the side of the ship, slamming it with his fists
  3. Bob will shoot a flame of fire out of his mouth, moving across the ship

In the first phase, it is recommended to use bow and arrows. The strongest bow is Ancient Bow with Elemental arrows. Once you deal a certain amount of damage to him, Bob will land on the ship.

In the second phase, it is advisable to hide inside the ship, and keep shooting him with your arrows from a distance. When he gets really angry, he will start burning the ship.

In the third phase, you need to dodge the flames by running and jumping over them. You can keep using bow during pauses, or you could approach and hit him with your sword.

In either case, you need to deplete his life total, which varies depending on your level. Once Bob is dead, you will get a Victory banner, congratulating you with the end of the game.

Now you know how to beat Muck and the final boss. For more Muck tips and tricks articles, please visit our dedicated hub page.

How to Get Gronk's Sword in Muck Game Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:49:09 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest update for Muck on Steam has introduced a new vicious boss named Gronk. This giant goblin carries two massive swords that deal more damage than most adventurers can deal with, but if you manage to beat him you may get Gronk's Sword, a powerful weapon.

Our guide will provide you with all the tips on how to beat Gronk and get his sword in Muck. You should prepare for the fight as soon as possible, since he just might attack you out of nowhere, particularly at nighttime. Be prepared!

Muck: How to Beat Gronk and Get Gronk's Sword

Prepare for the Fight

Before fighting Gronk, you need to make sure that you can handle his attacks by crafting strong armor and deal enough damage to kill him by crafting either a good sword or a bow.

The best type of armor against Gronk is Mithril armor. It can be crafted in the anvil with the help of the following recipe:

  • Helmet: 5x Mithril bar
  • Chest: 20x Mithril bar
  • Legs: 15x Mithril bar
  • Shoes: 5x Mithril bar

All together, you will need 45x Mithril bars to craft this armor. Mithril is a blue stone that can be found on the ground and mined with a pickaxe.

You're going to want to use a good bow to fight Gronk. The Ancient Bow is a good choice for this fight, if you manage to find it as a loot drop from goblins, or craft it at the fletching table using this recipe:

  • 1x Ancient Bone
  • 1x Rope

This bow gets bonus damage when shooting Elemental Arrows that also can be crafted at fletching table using:

  • 1x Elemental Ball
  • 1x Dark Oak Wood

If you don't like using bows, then you can craft the Mithril Sword at the anvil with the help of:

  • 5x Mithril bar
  • 5x Fir Wood

When you have your weapons and gear ready, you will also need a few power-ups that will keep you alive and help you deal more damage, such as:

  • Robin Hood Hat for better bow shooting
  • Danis Milk for better defenses
  • Jetpack for better dodging

All these can be found as loot drops inside treasure chests.

Gronk Boss Fight

Gronk can be summoned, just like any other boss in Muck, using Gronk's statue. It can be found somewhere random, depending on the world generation. But Gronk can also appear out of nowhere on the fifth or sixth day of survival. He can also appear at night, so always be prepared to meet him.

Gronk's entire attack pattern consists of three repeating moves:

  1. Forward dashing attack
  2. Blade throwing attack
  3. Ground slam attack

First, he will try to attack you with his sword in a forward dashing attack. It's better to just dodge this attack or run away from him if you can. There is no point in trying to deflect this. Once he stops running, approach him from behind and strike him as many times as you can.

Then, he will try to throw both of his swords at you. Once again, dodge the blades and when Gronk stands still, approach him from behind and start hitting him with your weapon.

Finally, he will slam both of his swords into the ground generating blade projectiles that will fly out in all directions. This attack is the hardest one to dodge, but you can manage to jump over the projectiles. When you have the chance, approach Gronk from behind as he stands still, and hit him as hard as you can.

All this may sound very simple, but don't underestimate Gronk, as he is a very strong opponent. If you didn't kill him the first time, Gronk will repeat the same cycle once again.


Once Gronk is defeated you will be rewarded with the following items:

  • Gronk's Sword
  • Ancient Core
  • Blade
  • Sword Hilt

When the Gronk's Sword is unlocked, you will be able to craft it anytime at the anvil using the following recipe:

  • 1x Blade
  • 1x Sword Hilt
  • 10x Dark Oak Wood

That's everything you need to know on how to get Gronk's sword in Muck. Check out other Muck tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

Muck Crafting Recipes Guide Mon, 14 Jun 2021 12:39:15 -0400 Sergey_3847

Collecting and mining resources is an essential part of the survival aspect of the game Muck. Fortunately, there are plenty of ores and types of wood to collect and use for crafting various tools, weapons, and armor. This guide will list all crafting recipes in Muck for your convenience.

Before crafting any of the tools or gear, players need to make and place crafting stations. Each one is used for different sorts of crafting.

The furnace is used to smelt ore into ingots; the anvil is used to create tools and equipment; the cauldron is used to cook food; the fletching table is used to make bows and arrows; and the workbench is used for general lower crafting.

Some seeds are better than others when it comes to ore and wood density, making crafting easier, but no matter what seed you choose, you'll need to know these crafting recipes to get what you're after.

Muck Crafting Recipes List

Muck Crafting Station Recipes
Work Bench 10x Wood
Furnace 15x Rock
Cauldron 10x Wood
10x Rock
Anvil 5x Iron Bar
15x Rock
Fletching Table
25x Birch Wood
10x Flint


Muck Melee Weapon Recipes
Steel Sword
7x Iron Bar
5x Birch Wood
Gold Sword
5x Gold Bar
5x Wood
Mithril Sword
5x Mithril Bar
5x Fir Wood
Adamatite Sword
5x Adamatite Bar
5x Oak Wood
Wyvern Dagger
1x Wyvern Claw
10x Oak Wood
Chunky Hammer
1x Hammer Shaft
10x Chunkium Bar


Muck Armor Recipes
Steel Armor
45x Steel Bar
Gold Armor
40x Gold Bar
Mithril Armor
45x Mithril Bar
Adamatite Armor
40x Adamatite Bar
Chunky Armor
30x Chunkium Bar


Muck Bow Recipes
Wood Bow
1x Rope
10x Wood
Birch Bow
1x Rope
10x Birch Wood
Fir Bow
1x Rope
10x Fir Wood
Oak Bow
1x Rope
10x Oak Wood


Muck Arrow Recipes
Flint Arrow
1x Flint
4x Wood
Steel Arrow
1x Steel Bar
5x Birch Wood
Mithril Arrow
1x Mithril Bar
5x Fir Wood
Adamatite Arrow
1x Adamatite Bar
5x Oak Wood


Muck Axe and Pickaxe Recipes
Wood Axe/Pickaxe
5x Bark
5x Wood
Steel Axe/Pickaxe
5x Bark
10x Birch Wood
5x Iron Bar
Gold Axe/Pickaxe
5x Bark
5x Wood
5x Gold Bar
Mithril Axe/Pickaxe 5x Bark
10x Fir Wood
5x Mithril Bar
Adamatite Axe/Pickaxe
5x Bark
10x Oak Wood
5x Adamatite Bar


Those are all available crafting recipes in Muck survival game. If you are looking for a way to respawn your dead character in Muck, then check out the respawn guide right here.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl Gets New Gameplay Trailer, Release Date Sun, 13 Jun 2021 16:45:24 -0400 David Carcasole

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl from developer GSC Games has just gotten its first gameplay reveal trailer, along with an official release date: April 28, 2022. It will launch on PC and as an Xbox console exclusive. 

The horror shooter will be available through Game Pass on day one, and though there's no mention whatsoever of a PlayStation version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, there have been recent reports that the game is a three-month Xbox exclusive. However, it's not 100% clear if things have changed or, again, if the game will come to other consoles. 

Either way, the E3 2021 trailer takes us through a stalker retelling his last adventure in the Zone, as the dark atmosphere of the game sets in. The trailer showcases the expected FPS combat mixed with the survival and resource-gathering elements of the franchise. Of course, some of the terrifying dangers you'll face make appearances, too. 

The anomalies and creatures you'll be facing in S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Hunt for Chernobyl already look like they'll be giving players nightmares, and according to the developers, the Exclusion Zone has been greatly changed since the last explosion, leading to more violent and deadly mutations. 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Hunt for Chernobyl is set to launch next year, though you can pre-order it now to receive extended content, an exclusive weapon skin, and an exclusive multiplayer badge. Stay tuned for more. 

Green Hell Review: A Thinking Man's Survival Sim Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:24:45 -0400 Aaron Bayne

Survival sims have a tendency to be hard. It’s in their very nature. However, finding the right balance between difficulty and enjoyability is where the true challenge lies. Tipping the scale too far either way can lead to an uneven experience.

While Green Hell may at first seem to lean too heavily toward its more difficult sensibilities, especially in its opening hours, you'll find an experience not only ultimately well balanced but entirely engrossing.

Green Hell Review: A Thinking Man's Survival Sim

As someone who has played other survival games in Ark and Rust, games that don't lean heavily on narrative, I immediately noticed Green Hell's story. You’ll not just find yourself half-naked on a beach here.

Instead, you are one of a young couple arriving in a non-descript tropical locale with the aim of making contact with an indigenous tribe. The story sprinkles in various reasons to be intrigued, from a vague history with the tribe to the grandiose point in your expedition. However, the crux of its narrative threads lies in the disappearance of your wife Mia, your narratively convenient memory loss, and your survival struggle as you wind up lost in the titular Green Hell. 

It may seem overly cliché, and it doesn't do anything too riveting, but its inclusion gives purpose to your time in the deadly jungle, pushing you to forge on for more than the sake of exploration.

However, if you are playing Green Hell purely for the survival experience, then survival mode can be picked over the story mode, both playable in solo and co-op. Regardless of the mode you choose at the start, as you head out into the dense, sweaty jungle, the real fun begins.

Keeping track of your carbohydrates, fats, protein, and hydration are all done with the use of a handy GPS watch. However, learning how to collect freshwater, boost carbs, or keeping track of which animals provide the best sustenance will have you digging through your notebook in search of information. This investigative streak increases tenfold as you start to consider the effects of parasites and worms.

All of Green Hell’s dangerous inclusions can be the death of you. There are many times when even eating food with dirty hands causes serious issues or a desperate drink of water from a dirty river results in some adverse effect. Yet while watching your health and stamina bar steadily deplete isn’t exactly fun, trying to figure out how to counter these debilitating factors is.

And Green Hell doesn’t punish you for going in with little genre experience. Yes, you may find yourself searching for various “how-to” videos as you play, but unlike some other titles in the genre, all of the most basic information you need is either at your disposal or ready to find.

Trying out a weird-looking mushroom “for science” is a risk-reward scenario. You may start vomiting violently until falling face down in the mud, but you also discover all the effects of that mushroom, which are then logged in the notebook. 

Beyond the parasitic, Green Hell redefines self-care in survival games with bodily injuries. You’ll spend a lot of your time scanning your limbs via examination mechanics for leeches, worms, snake bites, rashes, and scrapes. Simply ignoring your issues will only cause further pain.

Unattended scrapes cause infections, bites from venomous animals eat away at your health, and worms chip away at your sanity – literally.  To combat these ailments, you'll spend a lot of time exploring and gathering plants for salves and antidotes.

Green Hell’s environments not only look good but are also so seamlessly blended that those important plants don’t stick out as items that are just waiting to be interacted with. Instead, you’ll have to genuinely search for them, but when you do find them, you'll feel a genuine sense of relief wash over you. 

Along the way, you'll interact with a diverse taxonomy of animals, some harmless, others deadly. You’ll quickly learn to scurry away at the site of a poisonous frog as it merrily hops towards you, or you'll feel the hairs stand up on the back of your neck at the rattle of a nearby snake. Alone, they're scary enough, but as each of your physical ailments become very real problems, these interactions can become terrifying. 

On top of all that is the aforementioned sanity mechanic. Leeches, bad sleep, or weird unidentified fruits can all slowly wear down your sanity. As you descend into madness, you’ll begin to hear voices and eventually start to hallucinate. If the depleting health bars and dwindling stamina meter weren’t enough to encourage self-care, the sanity meter definitely will, as those haunting voices will send shivers down your spine.

However, what may drive you even madder – in the best kind of ways – is Green Hell's map design. It's perhaps one of the most well-realized and immersive environments in the genre. The dense jungle is incredibly easy to get lost in, so you’ll need to keep your bearings with the use of maps, compasses, and distinct environmental features.

With a lack of icons typically used to show players their current position on the map, I quite often found myself using the map and compass to piece together the direction of my camp. Nothing encompassed the delirious conditions of traversal more than the time I came across a carcass, only to realize I had already passed it and was going in circles. 

Similarly, after chasing an annoyingly fast armadillo, I found myself all turned around. Despite being just a few minutes from my camp, I had no idea which direction to go. After some hopeless wandering, however, I came across a river, remembering that my camp too was based by the river. So, I followed it to eventually stumble my way back home.

This natural form of map design is a delight to traverse, and Green Hell still remains one of the few games where I figured out where to go both naturally and through intuition, rather than being told by over-bearing pings and highlighted tracks. 

Green Hell Review – The Bottom Line


  • Fun and dense survival systems
  • Accessible information via notebook
  • Story aids the experience
  • Gorgeous, logically developed environments


  • Systems can be intimidating and a little overwhelming at times

Combining the environmental realism with unforgiving yet eventually approachable survival mechanics makes Green Hell an incredibly immersive experience. There were times when the constantly depleting health and stamina bars urged me to restart a save, but perseverance felt as integral to the experience as the mechanics causing my pain.

The inclusion of a story may not be for everyone, but having a reason to explore the game's dense environments kept me far more engaged than simply building a nice-looking hut. With a creepy vibe aided by its sanity mechanics and intimidating enemies, and survival mechanics that make you think, Green Hell didn’t turn out so hellish after all.

[Note: Creepy Jar provided the copy of Green Hell used for this review.]

How to Save in Green Hell Wed, 09 Jun 2021 12:00:01 -0400 Aaron Bayne

Survival game Green Hell has finally arrived on consoles, and as you tackle thirst, insanity, malnourishment, and parasites, you’ll want to know how to save as quickly and as much as possible. Why? Because you'll probably die — a lot. There are plenty of things in Green Hell that can kill you. 

Luckily, with one simple tool, it's relatively easy to do. Here's how to save in Green Hell

How to Save in Green Hell

When first starting Green Hell, choosing between story and survival mode will alter how many options you have for saving. Survival mode allows you to save through built structures. However, the story mode also provides savepoints via calendars, which can be found at abandoned outposts around the jungle.

How to Build a Save Point in Green Hell

If you search through the structure panel of your notebook, you can sift through several structures, which range from bamboo-based buildings to simple banana leaf beds. However, looking at the bottom of each page will inform you if this structure allows savepoints. Some do. Some don't. 

Since you're likely early on in the game when wondering how to save in Green Hell, you’ll want to go for the easiest to assemble Small Shelter, which will require the following crafting supplies:

  • 2x Log
  • 8x Long Stick
  • 9x Rope
  • 26x Palm Leaf

Collecting these crafting supplies is relatively easy, though it does require one tool: the bone knife. Luckily, finding a bone knife is also pretty simple. One can be found at the first abandoned village you encounter after the tutorial.

How to Find the Bone Knife

Among the ruined huts, you’ll spot a hammock that allows you to sleep. Beside the hammock lies your first bone knife, which is a surprisingly durable blade.

Now, at this point in the game, you cannot chop down any trees, but the bone knife will allow you to chop down thin trees, which are plentiful around this first village area.

Approaching and chopping down trees will provide the majority of your needed materials. After a few swipes, trees will break down into logs, long sticks, sticks, and small sticks. While sticks and small sticks aren’t needed for this structure, they are incredibly useful to have, as they are required for most other simple structures.

Rope can be found dangling down the side of larger trees. The vine-like rope is called Liana, and this too is handy to have beyond what is needed for the saving structure.

And finally, you’re palm leaves are found all around you, and are the sharper, jagged-looking leaves – not to be mixed up with the wider and greener banana leaves. You can only carry six at a time, so you’ll be carting your tropical cover back and forth for a little while. 

Once the Small Shelter is assembled, simply approach the structure, and the save option will pop up. You are allowed up to four separate saves, which will easily fill up with your various stages of near-death. Did we mention that Green Hell is pretty hard? 

Saving structures are particularly helpful when you begin to venture further afield in the jungle. If you sense danger ahead, you can quickly chop down some nearby trees and throw up a new save point.

And that's how to save in Green Hell. For more on Green Hell, consider heading over to our main jungle-survivel guides page for more tips and tricks. 

Rust Console Edition Review: An Uneven Survival Experience Fri, 21 May 2021 09:00:01 -0400 Aaron Bayne

Who doesn’t love a good survival game? If you are anything like me, you’ll find yourself in the occasional daydream, wondering how well you’d manage on a stranded island or what you would actually do in the post-apocalypse. Well, maybe we don’t wonder so much about the second anymore...


However, the survival genre negates the need to focus on these what-if scenarios, providing us with the satisfying sensation of being stripped of everything and surviving off the land.  


Now console players will be adding another survival experience to their line-up with Rust Console EditionAnyone that has even dabbled in the likes of Ark: Survival Evolved or The Forest will immediately recognize the game's gather, build, and survive structure. However, like a tired Walking Dead trope, it is the people who are the real monsters here. And they're both the game’s biggest issue and its largest saving grace. 


While this console port may have some issues, it manages to capture the tension-ridden essence of survival, and making it out alive will take wits, gumption, perhaps some negotiation skills, and a whole load of patience. 


Rust Console Edition Review: An Uneven Survival Experience

Rust Console Edition arrives on PS4 and Xbox One a full eight years after its initial introduction on PC back in 2013. Following that PC release, the game quickly garnered an avid community that merrily chopped down trees, chipped away at rocks, and barbarically murdered one another; and for the majority of that time, I was blissfully unaware of its existence.


As I woke up for the first time in Rust, with such little knowledge of the game, I was relatively surprised by the calming sight of a tranquil coast and the easing sound of water lapping nearby. A rusted boat laid askew in the distance, and a couple of half-naked but innocent-looking bystanders jumped enthusiastically as I approached.


I was greeted through in-game comms, and I quietly got excited over the prospect of this social survival experience. It was almost…nice. Then one of those bystanders took out a rock and beat me to death with it.  


From that first bludgeoning, it's clear that Rust Console Edition has maintained its unforgiving (and popular) approach to survival. While elements such as food, water, and the external NPC attacks are relatively simple to handle  at least in the earlier hours of the game those half-naked wanderers elevate the tension surrounding gathering by placing value on the resources you hold. 


Too often would I be obliviously hacking at some trees when I’d hear the all too familiar thud of a blood-soaked stone. Why gather the resources yourself when you can just kill someone that’s already done it for you?


For my first few hours with the game, I found myself in a brutal cycle of collecting wood and crafting the essentials, then being struck from behind with a hastily formed arrow, impaled with a spear, or worse yet, shot by a geared-up player with an actual gun. 



Luckily, rather than become utterly frustrated by this endlessly circular process, I leaned into the simulation aspect of Rust Console Edition as I began to hide in the bushes to avoid detection, scout open plains before charging across them, and yes, even hunting a few hapless souls myself.


I hadn’t realized how much I was enjoying this approach until I found myself stooped behind a rock, watching one survivor flee from two bow-wielding hunters that pursued with obvious hostile intent. As they looted the corpse, I made a run for it, and my heart skipped a beat as through the comms I heard: “I think I just saw someone up that hill!”. 


It was an exhilarating experience that culminated as the two surrounded me. I tried to explain that I didn’t have much to steal, but of course, this did little to dissuade either party, and I swiftly found myself full of arrows. 


However, even though a majority of those you cross paths with will kill you without hesitation for a measly pack of wood, there were the odd occasions where that social survival experience I had hoped for began to rear its head. 


My first night was spent huddled around a campfire with four other survivors. I later bumped into another survivor — each of us with spears drawn — and after I asked for help, they gave me valuable tips on how to get set up quickly.


While the world of Rust can be incredibly hostile, it also contains moments of levity and community, which captures the sense of survival far more than any other game in the genre.



Sadly, by capturing a very real-time sense of survival with growing plants, a day/night cycle, and decaying buildings, Rust Console Edition ignores one of its biggest flaws. Whether you are a half-naked newbie with nothing but a trusty stone and torch, or someone sitting on a mountain of supplies, everything you own is left in the server lobby the second you log out, just waiting to be looted. 


It’s not just your supplies that are left behind, however, as Rust also abandons any semblance of a fair experience for those who only have a couple of hours to play on the weekend.


If I decided that I wanted to play something else for the week, I would first need to ensure that my hut had the needed supplies to stay supported – which requires a daily resource fee of whichever materials your building is made of. And if I didn’t have the time to mine hundreds of rock and wood, I’d be left with nothing but that torch and stone once again.


Quite often, if I found myself without shelter, I would question whether to push on or not, knowing that I only had the time to build a hut that would be invaded the second I logged off. Then there were the times I did prepare a solid hut, with locks and upgraded stone walls, only to find it completely missing when I next logged into that server. 



Many of the server issues could be overlooked if the gameplay translated well from PC to console, but as many will surely expect, that is simply not the case. Running feels sluggish, and mining for materials is tedious. Get into a match against a hostile, and the flip of a coin might as well decide the outcome because of the imprecise, dull, and weightless attacks. 


Base building, on the other hand, is approachable, quick, and simple. Upgrading and fortifying your shelter is merely limited by the supplies you hold, so when my gears began turning on the sorts of bases I could build, it was easy to envision exactly how to do that. 


Gameplay overall, however, leaves much to be desired and asks the player to put in too much work – whether that be through role-playing or relying on Rust's social features – to create an immersive experience. 


Rust Console Edition Review —The Bottom Line



  • Excellent social chat implementation
  • Robust survival experience
  • Unforgiving online players


  • Sluggish gameplay
  • Unforgiving online players
  • Penalizes players that can’t play constantly

Ultimately, there is a great game somewhere in Rust Console Edition. Mixing its social aspects, which allow you to approach and talk to anyone, with such a formidable survival experience is a neat inclusion that makes for some of my most memorable moments in a genre game. I don’t think running into a fellow Scot and chasing down a pumpkin-headed individual together will ever get old, and spotting the ominous glow of a nearby survivor at night continues to give me goosebumps. 


However, with an unforgiving logged-off state and other players constantly murdering and looting you, it feels impossible to imagine having a fully equipped save for any real length of time  at least not within dozens if not hundreds of hours in the game. 


While the console port has no immediately noticeable issues for someone like me (who has never played the PC version), there is an almost indescribable slowness to Rust Console Edition, whether that be through menu management, traversal of the map, or combat. 


However, compare it to the console port of something like Ark, and you’ll begin to see that Rust manages to translate to consoles without ever feeling too much like a PC game. With that said, if you’re looking for a robust survival sim mixed in with sometimes immersive, occasionally hilarious, and often infuriating social aspects, Rust Console Edition may be worth your time.


[Note: Double Eleven provided the copy of Rust Console Edition used for this review.]

Subnautica Below Zero Review: A Gorgeous Trek Into Unknown Waters Tue, 11 May 2021 12:00:02 -0400 Jason D'Aprile

Strictly speaking, it's not necessary to play the original Subnautica before diving into its sequel, Below Zero, but we highly recommend you do so anyway. This continuation of the first game takes you on a new adventure across the mysterious ocean world of Planet 4546B, where you’ll dive into the planet's polar extremes.

Subnautica, as a series, is a mix of survival and crafting-style gaming, with a hefty dash of exploration thrown in. And it presents one of the most consistently beautiful and impressive gaming worlds out there.

Subnautica Below Zero Review: A Gorgeous Trek into Unknown Waters

Below Zero features a new protagonist and storyline, but the gameplay mechanics are largely identical to the first game. Here, our stalwart explorer is desperately looking into the death of her sister, who was stationed on the strange ocean world. Unfortunately, your entrance to 4546B is via yet another crashed escape pod, meaning you’re starting with almost nothing to aid in your search or survival.

Luckily, the pod has a handy 3D printer for making tools, supplies, and ingredients, and the planet is a treasure trove of natural resources the printer can use. Gathering those resources is really the main focus of Subnautica. Cracking rocks, cutting creepvines, going ever deeper to get more supplies and vehicle parts, and even catching fish and other creatures are all vital in staying alive. 

Your handy scanner is the most important tool for learning what’s what. Scanning everything you come across not only fills in the game's massive database but also adds new crafting recipes. Scanning pieces of scattered debris from the crash leads to more advanced tech, such as vehicles that let you explore Below Zero's even deeper depths.

Subnautica and Below Zero work so well and feel so distinctive for a few key reasons. The first is that it places upon you natural limits to pace exploration. You have to breathe to survive and for a fair portion of the game, straying too far from the surface means certain death. There are bigger O2 tanks to craft and even natural phenomena in the water that can provide a brief air burst, but there’s always a sense of paranoia about going too deep. 

It’s a problem to overcome since you’ll want (and frequently need) to explore the world as thoroughly as possible. There’s a surprising Metroidvania vibe here, where new discoveries enable you to craft new tech that lets you reach new areas. Instead of Metroid’s glowing orbs trapped in ancient statues and guarded by mini-bosses, much of the progression here is found just by scanning, gathering resources, and exploring. 

Indeed, combat here is almost non-existent. You have access to a precious few weapon-like items (the survival knife chief among them). But Subnautica isn’t a game about killing things, aside from smaller fish for food and resources. In general, the wildlife — even the massive leviathans — are just part of the overall environment. You work around them and appreciate them, avoiding the dangerous ones and enjoying the adorable ones.

Also, there are alien penguins called penglings and, despite the odd mouth placement, they’re absurdly cute. Unless you try to steal the babies. Don’t steal babies. It’s just rude.

Aside from definitely not stealing cute babies, base building is a huge part of Subnautica's appeal. Scanning abandoned equipment, tech, and bases yields more crafting options. Once you’ve got a base-building tool, the options for undersea habitats are nearly limitless. You can even build on the land and the sheer plethora of customization choices for building your own environment is impressive.

Subnautica Below Zero continues the first game’s friendly array of game options. You can play in full-on survival mode where thirst, hunger, and oxygen are all significant issues. Freedom mode lets you ditch food and water worries, but you still have to surface for oxygen. Finally, for people who just want to explore and build, creative mode ditches the story and lets you go crazy making whatever you like. It's also a great way of seeing all the sights without the fear of death.

Below Zero plays out entirely in first-person and can go from a wondrous zen-like experience to flat-out tension-filled terror in no time flat. Not focusing on combat adds to every aspect of the game without ever feeling forced. The diversity of fascinating biozones helps navigation, and there’s a much stronger land presence here than in the original Subnautica. While Below Zero is still largely underwater, the arctic zone has definite landmasses that need to be investigated with their own set of unique fauna and flora. 

Subnautica’s alien world is simply stunning. The aquatic biomes are full of beautiful creatures and scenery, a myriad of caves and secrets to explore, and superb lighting. The visual fidelity of the game makes the gameplay addictive and compelling. The overall soundtrack is equally as impressive. Aside from a beautiful, evocative musical score, the ambient effects and creature noises are phenomenal.

On the PC side, the game has been in Early Access for over two years. It’s finally officially released and on consoles. Having played it across PC, Xbox Series X, and Switch, we have no qualms saying the game is great on whichever platform you choose. While the PC and XSX/PS5 versions are definitely the most impressive ways to experience the game, we were surprisingly impressed by how good the Switch port is. 

Both the original and Below Zero look and play exceedingly well on the Switch Lite (and regular Switch in portable mode). In docked TV mode, the resolution drop is noticeable, but the overall experience is still smooth and visually impressive. The portable version is so good that we wish there was a cross-save option so players could take their saves from the Xbox/PS5 or PC to the Switch and play the same game anywhere (much like Ubisoft has done with Immortals: Fenyx Rising). 

Some issues from the first game are still in Below Zero. The biggest problem is the mind-boggling lack of a usable world map. Why this issue still persists in either game is a mystery, but it’s incredibly annoying. The game is still a bit buggy, too. It’s possible to get stuck in the architecture, base building alignment and placement is a little messy at times, and the sweet spot to interact with objects while floating can be annoyingly precise. 

For things like floating storage boxes, for instance, there are three interaction spots (one for naming it, another for packing it up, and a third for actually accessing the contents), and given the nature of swimming, it can be troublesome to quickly access the contents. All objects tend to require finesse to interact with, which can be an extra source of frustration if you’re in a hurry or under duress. 

Subnautica Below Zero Review — The Bottom Line


  • Looks and sounds great
  • Excellent story
  • Deep crafting and base building
  • Multiple game modes to accommodate a variety of players


  • Still glitchy in spots
  • Interaction sweet spot for objects can be annoyingly finicky
  • No map
  • Needs cross-platform saves

Subnautica Below Zero works great as both a fascinating aquatic survival and crafting game, and an engaging sci-fi adventure. While it’s not quite as impressive as the original, which it takes heavily from, this is still a sizable journey well worth a deep dive. 

[Note: Unknown Worlds provided the copy of Subnautica: Below Zero used for this review.]

Become the Next Dracula in Vampire Survival Game V Rising Fri, 07 May 2021 10:28:01 -0400 David Carcasole

V Rising is an upcoming open-world vampire survival game from Stunlock Studios. Players take the role of a vampire awoken after centuries of hibernation, starting from a weakened state and growing stronger to rebuild an vampire empire. It's your task to take over the night once again. 

V Rising features real-time combat where players compete against one another in PvP and PvE challenges for total domination on the road to becoming the next Dracula. To celebrate the game's announcement, Stunlock Studios revealed a trailer, which can be seen below:

The trailer is a cinematic showing how the vampires once reigned supreme over humans until they were undone. Now, years later vampires are rising again to take back what was once theirs. 

The game's concept seems very interesting, and one that could potentially be a new form of power fantasy, standing alongside other recent releases such as Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars. Johan Llves, the marketing director at Stunlock Studios, said via a press release "[the team wants] to give players the full vampire experience of avoiding the burning sunlight, hunting for blood, and building their castle." 

Players will also be able to explore the open world of V Rising, either solo or co-op, building their castle and expanding their armies. V Rising is set to launch into beta on PC in 2021, which you can sign up for here. Stay tuned for more. 

Conan Exiles Coming to Xbox Game Pass, New Expansion Release Date Thu, 06 May 2021 20:49:38 -0400 David Carcasole

Conan Exiles has been announced as coming to Xbox Game Pass later this year, and its latest expansion is due to launch out of Early Access on May 27, 2021, releasing on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms. 

The next expansion to the Conan Exiles universe is titled Conan Exiles: Isle of Siptah, which has been in Early Access on PC since September of last year. It's shaping up to be the biggest expansion for the game yet, with a new religion, a larger landmass, and three new factions of NPC's.

The new religion is a particularly interesting addition, as it gives players the power to summon the spider-god Zath, who can shower enemies with spiders and venom. The new factions of NPCs are all attempting to conquer the island for their own gain. The result is an island full of adventure, riches, and danger.

We still don't know when Conan Exiles will be coming to Game Pass, but it's likely that the launch onto Microsoft's subscription platform will fall in line with the launch of the new expansion.