In a crowded genre of games that drop you inkhổng lồ hostile environments with nothing but a set of primitive sầu tools, The Forest stands out. Its smart AI cannibals, dense greenery và inventive story make exploring its world both fascinating và terrifying, while a smart crafting system gives you plenty of control over where you hang your mining hat. If you’ve enjoyed playing it, you might be looking for more games like The Forest, which is where this danh mục will come in handy.

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The survival genre is full of duds, and sifting through the junk lớn get khổng lồ the gems can feel like punching rocks. Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you, & on this danh sách you’ll find a bunch of excellent survival sims like The Forest that give you a similar sense of wonder, dread, & ownership over the slither of the world you carve sầu out for yourself.

Here are the 10 best games like the Forest.

Your plane crashlands in a vast, inhospitable lvà, và you awake, alone, to wreckage và fire around you. Sound familiar? It’s not just The Long Dark’s setup that fans of The Forest will love – it has a solid episodic story mode, in which you search for a missing friend in the frozen wilderness, as well as a sandbox mode in which you can explore, gather resources và craft to lớn your icy heart’s nội dung.

The Canadian wilds are just as dangerous as The Forest’s tropical isl&. Wolves and bears aren’t as creepy as cannibals, but they’re just as deadly, và you’ll spend many a treacherous night huddling next to lớn a fire, listening to lớn distant howls with trepidation. It’s the believable setting that stars, here, & the stories that naturally emerge from it. Managing resources and tracking your hunger, thirst and energy never gets in the way of exploring the world, & it makes for one of the best survival games you can play right now.

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintenbởi vì Switch

ARK will be too grindy for some players, but it’s worth checking out if you enjoyed gathering resources & crafting gear in The Forest. You awake on the beaches of a distant islvà with one goal: survival. But once you’ve sầu mix up a stable food và water supply, you’ll have broader ambitions. ARK’s world is as enticing as The Forest because of all the dinosaurs that roam its lands. Most can kill you in a few swipes but if you’re able to lớn tame them, they’ll make island life much easier, helping you gather tons of food in minutes và protect your base from raiders (a T-Rex might just be the world’s best bodyguard).

It’s an inherently social game, too. You can play solo, but just lượt thích in The Forest, it shines when you team up with friends to lớn complete your goals. Some players will, inevitably, just be out lớn ruin your day, but as a newbie you’re bound khổng lồ find a more experienced player willing khổng lồ take you under their wing & let you ride on their Pteranodon.


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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

There’s only one group more evil than The Forest’s gangs of cannibals: other players. Rust trades in smart AI enemies for even smarter, crueller, human ones by dropping you in a vast multiplayer server with nothing but a rock & a torch. You know the drill: bash rocks & trees, build crafting tables, hunt down rare resources &, slowly, acquire better and better gear. Eventually, you’ll be wielding powerful guns and wearing thiông chồng armor. Those other players make Rust feel tense & interesting, và create plenty of opportunities for mischief.

One of the best ways to lớn get better loot is khổng lồ straight up rob other humans. That might involve catching them as they’re gathering resources, downing them with a few well-placed headshots. Or, if you’re feeling really sneaky, you might wait for them to go offline, blow their base lớn smithereens & grab anything valuable from their chest. Rust proves that hell really is other people.

Conan Exiles

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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Conan Exiles is arguably the harshest survival game on this danh mục. If the wolves, wooly mammoths or giant club-wielding bosses don’t get you, another, higher-cấp độ player will. And if you somehow survive, bleeding out with a broken leg, the desert sun will parch your bruised toàn thân. But, like The Forest, its world calls to lớn be explored. In The Forest, story tidbits littering the bản đồ keep you moving forward, but here, it’s a sense of wonder & mystery in the landscape, which runs from lush forests to desert expanses lớn precarious paths across volcanoes.

It’s certainly not for everyone. It pairs its harsh early hours with a punishing grind for resources, và crafting some items requires hours và hours of harvesting beforehand. But it’s just about worth it, especially if you can jump on a private VPS, friend in tow, and phối off into lớn the wide world together.

Don"t Starve

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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, thiết bị di động devices

The bones of Don’t Starve sầu are classic survival, either solo or co-op: a harsh world where you must gather resources, stave sầu off hunger & battle monsters in the dark. But the unique art style sets it apart, turning what would otherwise be mundane animals inlớn curiosities, rivers inlớn pop-ups straight out of a children’s fairytale. It can be supremely punishing when it wants to be, và when you die, you have sầu to start all over again. The visuals make monsters more silly than scary, but you still want khổng lồ steer clear at all costs, và if your sanity dwindles your mind will make enemies out of ordinary bushes and shadows.

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Sandbox is the default mode, but there’s an Adventure mode if you want to uncover a story. And like The Forest, it’s fantastic in co-op. Its standalone multiplayer expansion, Don’t Starve sầu Together, rebalances items, and feels lượt thích the best version of an already excellent game.


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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintenbởi Switch, mobile devices

On the surface, Minecraft looks simple and, at the right time of day, serene. But it’s also an unforgiving survival game when you dial the difficulty up. Taking on one too many skeletons will get you killed, & you’ll drop all your gear in the process. Mining the wrong block can lead lớn a swim in lava, meaning any precious diamonds in your pocket are lost forever. And in the dead of night, aý muốn the trees, it can also be a unnerving game in which the hiss of an explosive sầu creeper makes the hair on your neông xã stvà to lớn attention.

If you enjoyed planning và constructing your base in The Forest, you’re going khổng lồ love sầu Minecraft’s building tools, which are completely freekhung and let you create virtually any project you can imagine, from humble shaông chồng lớn a replica of the Pyramids of Giza. If you’re after more adventures in caves, then Minecraft again has you covered: you’ll sneak through abandoned mineshafts, deep ravines and snaking canyons in search of goodies, slaying monsters as you go. It doesn’t have a story to speak of, but when it comes to collecting resources, surviving hostile biomes và building a dream home page, Minecraft is the best in the business.


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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

One of our favourite things about The Forest is how it blends traditional survival gameplay with a gripping story, something few games in the genre even attempt. Subnautica takes the same approach and, arguably, executes it better, doling out tasty clues that keep a sense of mystery, but reveal enough of a grander tale khổng lồ keep you pushing onward. Being at sea is, naturally, very different lớn being on dry l&, and you have fewer tactical options for where to lớn build your base. But when you start constructing your HQ you’ll find the tools satisfying, và you get plenty of freedom for placing items exactly where you want them.

It doesn’t have co-op, sadly, but between managing resources và exploring the ocean around you, there’s more than enough going on khổng lồ keep you busy as a solo player. Its underwater world is teeming with colourful fishes, but don’t worry about it being too tame: when a deep-sea tentacled monsters skirts your peripheral vision, you’re bound to lớn need a change of scuba suit.

Green Hell

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Available on: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintenvày Switch

Green Hell is perhaps the game that most closely resembles The Forest on this menu. It has lots of trees, human enemies native sầu lớn the isl&, plenty of crafting & resource management, a sanity system, & a good, distinct story. But it takes survival elements further than even The Forest dares.

Rather than simply keeping up your food intake, you have sầu separate meters for proteins, carbs, fats, and hydration – each displayed cleverly in a high-tech watch – as well as a host of problems that affect each of your limbs. If you look at your left arm, you might find a nasty spider rash – at your right, & you’ll discover a pair of blood-sucking leeches. It’s not as creepy as The Forest, but it’s just as unforgiving, with mean animals that will rip you apart given half the chance. Plus, the narrative is genuinely good, with proper cutscenes that remind us of a AAA action-adventure.


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Available on: PC

Raft is still in Early Access, but it’s the best game in a growing sub-genre of primitive sầu open water survival games. You start with nothing but four squares of wood beneath your feet và a hook in your hvà. From there, you sling your hook inlớn the sea, pulling in junk & barrels of goodies that you can use to craft water purifiers, grills, fishing rods, & more. Soon, you’ll be fully self-sufficient, & your only worry will be the small matter of a giant, man-eating shark circling around you at all times.

That shark, along with other animals you face when you step onto the occasional isl&, keep the threat màn chơi high. You leave sầu your raft at your peril. Thankfully, a flexible building system means you can kiến thiết your craft how you want, & like The Forest, playing co-op completely changes the tone, turning what can be a nerve-wracking game into one that’s social, slapstiông xã, và frequently amusing.

No Man’s Sky

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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

You can think of No Man’s Sky like a palate cleanser: a colourful dessert for when you’ve sầu finished the main course of cannibals, endless death & hopeless despair. It used lớn be cool khổng lồ make fun of No Man’s Sky, which felt flimsy at launch, but it’s now a properly good game that comes cchiến bại to living up lớn the developers’ lofty promises. It’s sci-fi survival in a near-infinite, procedurally-generated universe – you fly from planet to planet, gathering resources, seeing the stunning sights & trying not lớn become food for massive alien creatures.

Like The Forest, it’s more focused than a pure sandbox, with a sense of story that makes it clear what you should bởi vì next, even as the stars beckon. But it will still scratch your itch for resource gathering & complex crafting. With an ever-expanding set of tools, you crachồng và mine tons of weird resources & turn them inkhổng lồ your very own space base, complete with weird gizmos and whirring gadgets. In many respects, it’s a world away from The Forest – but fans of one will find joy in the other.

Sam"s gaming PC is literally held together with masking tape, & he bought his PS4 from a friend of a friend of a (dodgy) frikết thúc for a tenner. He wishes that games still had paper manuals, mainly so he could get the satisfaction of ignoring them. He grew up in Essex, & now lives in London.