In the last few years, the Survival gaming sub-genre has really become quite popular with more and more game releases each year. There are many paid options, but we thought we’d share five of the best free survival games you can play on Steam! Survival games are a sub-genre of action-based games, and they typically are set in more hostile, post-apocalyptic or impending-doom worlds and maps, like a world taken over by zombies.
Often, players are separated or stranded from others and must work alone, often gathering resources, building tools, and/or shelter in order to survive, while other games may be co-operative and allow players to work together with a common goal in mind. Most survival games have one goal: whoever survives the longest… wins.
Best Free Survival Games on Steam
The best free survival games on Steam include Muck, No More Room in Hell, Project: Playtime, Unfortunate Spacemen, and Unturned. We looked at game content, reviews, availability, and playability to create this curator list of recommendations. These games are free-to-play, have positive reviews from thousands of players, and continue to be playable/maintained by the developer(s). Let’s dive into each of them!
Muck is a free-to-play, multiplayer survival game which also has some roguelike elements. It was developed by Dani and released in June 2021. Players are tasked to survive for as long as they can by gathering resources and items in order to build a survival base. The game has three levels of difficulty as well as three different modes: Survival (normal mode), Versus (Battle Royale mode), and Creative (days don’t pass, enemies no longer spawn at night, and damage received is reduced). With over 125,000 reviews on Steam, it has received very positive reviews from players who have tried it out.
No More Room in Hell
No More Room in Hell is a horror survival game that allows for co-op play with up to eight players and has over 30 in-game weapons. While the game originally debuted in 2011 and won awards when it released, it is still maintained and updated! The game is set in an apocalyptic world due to an unknown disease that infects people who die, then rise and kill others, and then those people rise and kill as well. The game has received over 65,000 reviews on Steam and the feedback has been very positive on average.
Project: Playtime is one of the newer games on our list, as it is free-to-play, multiplayer, and released in late 2022. It is a survival horror game where six players have to try to create a giant toy while surviving the monster that is in the toy factory. The seventh player gets to control the monster and is tasked with finding and killing the other six players. In this 6v1 battle, six players are Survivors, while one player is the Monster. While it is a new release, there are nearly 20,000 mostly positive reviews on Steam already.
Unfortunate Spacemen is a multiplayer, indie action and survival game that incorporates shapeshifting deception and betrayal in a space-themed world. It released in 2020 and was developed by Geoff ‘Zag’ Keen for Deep Field Games. The game features a PvE mode and a Survival Mode, whhere you’ll find endless waves of aliens. This game has been favorably compared to popular game Among Us. While it is not the most played game on Steam, it is has over 7,000 reviews and remains “very positive” as reviewed by players.
Unturned is a free-to-play, open world survival game that was designed by Nelson Sexton under Smartly Dressed Games studio. It originally released in July 2017 but remains a top played game on Steam! The game is also available on PS4 and Xbox One. In Unturned, you’re a survivor in a society that has been brought to ruins because of a zombie infestation. You’ll create alliances with others in order to survive the perils of the world. With over 500,000 reviews on Steam, it has received very positive reviews from players across the globe!
We hope our list of the best free survival games on Steam has helped you find a new survival game to try out without having to commit to spending any money to do so! Is there a must-play, free survival game that you’ve tried? Share below in the comments!