By the creators of Oib.io and Limax.io comes Starve.io, a very interesting 2D multiplayer flash game with a unique concept. The player is a cute little character whose goal is to get to the top of the leaderboard by gathering supplies such as wood and stone in order to craft better equipment like a sword and, therefore, kill other players. Unlike other .io games, where the goal is straightforward and there is not much else to it, in Starve.io the hunger and cold levels are also factors that play a big role. Therefore, the player is forced not only to pay close attention to the surroundings and the players round, but has to also gather berries to keep the hunger away and fid a fire to warm up.
The tutorial can be found in the top right corner of the main menu and it is pretty clear and straightforward. It explains the controls (W, A, S, D or arrow keys to move, left click to collect resources and craft, and ENTER to chat) and it also explains the goal of the game and how to create a fire and a workbench.
The graphics are very nice, and the use of shading and element overlapping to create a 3D effect is very well thought out. Another surprising little feature is that the player’s character is not the only animated thing, in fact, both the fire and the gathering have their own animations that add a lot to the general feeling of the game. The color palette is of a slightly darker kind, but that choice agrees perfectly with the idea of being in the woods during the night.
The game runs smoothly with close to no lag, which is ensured by the large number of servers to choose from and the maximum player number per server set to 98.