Raft throws you and your friends into an epic oceanic adventure! Alone or together, players battle to survive a perilous voyage across a vast sea! Gather debris, scavenge reefs and build your own floating home, but be wary of the man-eating sharks!
User Score (Steam): 9 / 10
A little frustrating and repetitive at the start, but that is like many survival games. As soon as you have a harvesting and feeding rhythm it gets pretty fun. Multi-player certainly adds a lot, in death mitigation and resource collection, but if you can juggle some things you can go it alone.
The story kicks in just as you are starting to wonder what is next, which is perfect. Lots of islands to explore and a growing tech-tree of things to build to help you on your way.
Just don’t let your raft leave you behind… as soon as you try to play “Island” instead of “Raft” the game just dumps you for not cooperating.
When I first played Raft, I didn’t realize how much there was to this game. Instead of just drifting on a raft and hoping to find small islands to explore and gain resources to upgrade your raft, I now realize that there’s so much more. There’s a story filled with information about how the water rose that the player has to find by exploring treacherous islands, towns above water, boats, and more. When played by someone who knows what they’re doing (at least a little lol) this game is highIy and I would highly recommend this game.
Never liked Survival games in general. But Raft has literally been so much fun. There’s a sense of satisfaction and happiness that I get every time I find a new blueprint or make a new item. It’s really fun and I hope that all of you reading this buy this game.
Love at first sight. It’s nice to have a water based fish-style game without an oxygen meter constantly beeping at you. Despite it’s busy and slow progressing beginning, it feels super casual and relaxed. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us in future updates! Full Controller support would be the cherry on top!
I LOVE THIS GAME. It’s a cute co-op survival with an increasingly mysterious story. Updates take a while but they are content heavy and the devs are very active on Discord. I’d like to see more marine life or shark types and sometimes the melee hitboxes feel a bit weird, but the rest of the game is beautiful!
The game is definitely worth the price it is right now, in my opinion it’s worth much more. So much love has been put into this game and the devs continue to impress!
Raft, for me anyway, is odd in where it shines best. at first glance this seems like your typical survival game, with a unique twist, but generic nonetheless. under the surface however, is a game that is rough around the edges, but with potential to be one of the best in a survival genre. I believe when this game gets a full release, if it keeps on its current path, will be regarded with the same levels of praise and admiration as Terraria and Minecraft.
SPOILERS FOR SOME POINTS IN RAFT’S MID AND LATE GAME:
overall I’d say Raft is great in a lot of more obvious areas, I like the graphical style, gameplay loop, and mechanics, etc.
but the major area where this game really shines to me is in atmosphere
1 . Raft has (in my opinion) mastered the area of atmosphere. first, lets talk about the Shark, no matter how late in the game you are and how many sharks you have already killed, it still scares me to jump into the water unless I am right next to land. the shark creates tension in an otherwise empty landscape and without the shark this game would undoubtly be much worse. 2nd, on the story islands. Raft does a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere of discovery and adventure, while also making one of terror, and dread. To me, the best showcase of this is the Vasagatan. you look at it from the outside, it is an abandoned cruise ship. you get a sense of adventure wanting to go through and loot it, but when you step inside and the darkness kicks in, it creates a feeling of terror. combined with the lingering questions of “what happened, where did everyone go?” in your head along with the rats, I go through Vasagatan, being both afraid and excited at the same time. this goes for most other story island as well. Balboa has the bears, acid pits, and modern tech, but also tons of resources and gear. Tangaroa is the largest place in the game but it creeps me out seeing all the rooms that look like they were inhabited up until very recently. the broken windows, robots and rats, all help as well. but Tangaroa is also a huge city that inspires you to explore it.
overall Raft is a great game, even in early access and I can’t wait to see where they take it.
the only problems I have with it are minor compared to it’s strengths but here is a list of them
1 . some textures are very detailed and beautiful, while others are flat and uninteresting.
2 . small islands don’t have much variety. I see them only as resource deposits. the shipwreck and plane islands are cool, add more of those
3 . I think there needs to be more craftable light sources besides the torch
4 . the big bird around large islands is the worst thing in the game
5 . there should be an option to turn off losing all your items on death. for those who want to play on normal but don’t want to deal with losing major progress by dying.
6 . your raft should still move in creative mode and it should still generate islands.
7 . make resource stacks cap out at like 100 or something, with stacks of only 20, you run out of storage space so fast
those are my only real complaints overall even in early access I give Raft a 9/10
My friends and I picked up this game because we were looking for two things:
1 . A game to meme on.
2 . Something refreshing.
Turns out, after an hour of playing, we did not get the former but we certainly did get the latter. We’ve racked up almost 20 hours each because of how interesting this game is. We spent the better part of 15 hours floating around, turning our raft into a massive stratofortress - of which we all had roles. I was in charge of the cooking and boat construction (I accidentally made our boat look like a massive floating dong - it didn’t look too bad until I built a tower and looked down on it… not even sure how the vision I previously had turned into this). Another friend was in charge of crafting things for the boat and my other friend was doing a little bit of everything.
After all that time, we started to look up things online because we didn’t know if this was just IT, or if there was some kind of end goal (to stop us from getting bored). After some reading, we realised we had to make an antenna, battery and receiver. We put in lots of effort to build a comms tower for our boat and then we realised, damn, we need THREE antennas - so back to the grind we go. Because of our communication, we managed to do it pretty quickly and we ended up finding a transmission tower which was great to loot. After getting there and reading some of the notes left behind, we realised our journey was far from over.
We stumbled across this yacht, which was home to some really messed up creatures. I won’t go into detail, but the game has thrown some proper curveballs at us and has brought us back every day to play more.
Honestly, it might be fun solo but as I’ve only played with friends, it’s definitely a co-op game. 1 other friend is all you’ll need but another friend getting a trio going is so much more fun as things get done quicker. The game itself is graphically pleasing, the crafting system is a little confusing at first (with the research table and all) but once you get used to it, it’ll just come to you like it did for us.
I say give it a try!
Ok at first I was all like yay! but lost interest rather quickly (this was before I got to the actual story line) I was kinda just lost and overwhelmed by everything at the beginning. So I put it down after 3 hours of playing on peaceful to just get a feel. I came almost a year later, with chapter 2 release. I started playing and decided I would actually get through the story line this time. Having a goal in mind such as getting to story line or finishing it, really helps if your feeling lost and overwhelmed.
I LOVE the story line, it’s not your average story line where you the main character is the hero. But you collect stories of people either long gone or recently gone, Sometimes I’m not sure what is which since you can find edible and non edible food in certain areas. I love the crafting is pretty simple once you understand where certain resources are.
I do hope they add certain things later on, such as using plastic with wood to make walls and ceilings so you can make like a greenhouse for your plants and bees instead of just hiding them behind wood or wood and leaves to protect them from birds. Maybe some recipes with the meat you get from hogs and pigs and stuff. Regardless it’s a great game just a little overwhelming at first, maybe even a bit lonely. BUT BUT you can get animal friends! You can also build yourself a scarecrow friend if you have no other friends to play with.
Grind is content.
I get it, grinding and farming items in many games is a thing, but this is a singleplayer / 2+ player-coop game and the amount of everything you need just to make one thing…that you will eventually loose anyway.
I like the general idea of this game, surviving on a raft, expanding it, upgrading it, fortifying it, but as i have just mentioned, you need a lot of resources to do so, and it does not quite end there. It is quite repetitive and very easy to learn and understand and heavily lacks more content. As for survival, fishing should be a bit more…..literally anything would be better than this. You just click once for throwing the fishing rod, and click again once the fishing rod starts twitching.
You have basic resources: wooden planks, plastic, palm leaves. All of which can be found floating around the ocean. What you do, is to pick them up forever (seriously though). With these resources, you build tools that will break after few uses, and you need NEW ones, there is no option to repair them…yay, inventory cluttering. Once you even access more “advanced” metal tools, you will soon realize they also break very quickly, and there goes the effort of farming for the advanced resources. Btw, a lot of trees in this game can not be cut down, for whatever unknown reason. Like, imagine being in a forest, but you can only cut pines. Why??? I want that wooden planks.
Survival is quite disappointing. You have HP, Hunger, Thirst bars. HP regenerates over time. As for hunger and thirst, these depletes rapidly, and this brings me to yet another issue. Eating almost any kind of food restores absolute minimum of the hunger/thirst bar. Eating a whole pineapple gives back like 5% and 10% thirst bar back. Eating a giant shark filet fills like a quarter of the bar. Speaking of shark filets ,that brings me to another topic, the combat.
Combat…you run in circles around hostile enemies and you win. Congratz. And while you are at it, you will most likely break your expensive-2-make metal spear. As for underwater, there is one annoying shark that is constantly following your raft (another game that is making out of sharks a killing machines…facepalm). Killing machine that is like a guided missile, once you jump into the ocean, the shark bites. How do you defend yourself? Craft a bow, wait for it to come closer, shoot bow (yes, underwater), shark staggered, hit him with spear and repeat until its dead or your spear/and/or bow breaks. Now you have approximately 2 minutes to ENJOY collecting of nearby debris without having to redirect your raft, or gather underwater resources, before that shark respawns and bites your balls off while you are picking that one metal scrap from the ocean floor.
What i liked about the game is the co-op mode, which requires one+ friend/s…(and double the resources for survival) and the building of the raft itself. It has some basic necessities to customize the raft to your liking, upgrading its size, shape, reinforcement, additional floors, roofs, decorations, or some using some quality-of-life features, like gathering nets (which collects resources upon colliding with them). And the exploration value…has some interesting places to see.
TL;DR A bit too much of a grind / farming game, tools breaks very quickly and you need new ones. Food / thirst bars decreases quickly, and you need a LOT of food/water items to restore just a bit of it back.
Definitely would recommend this game, especially if you have someone you can play it with. On your own, it might get a bit tedious even if you’re playing on easy mode, so I personally believe that its strength lies in co-op. I’ve been playing it with my girlfriend, and so far, it’s been lots of fun.
At times, it can even be quite calming as you’re drifting on the ocean, collecting materials or fishing. Then you have the excitement of discovering new things and technologies that will help you in your mission, because, yes, there is a goal besides just surviving and upgrading your raft. As you progress, a story will slowly begin unfolding.
To be fair, at the time of writing this, I haven’t seen it all yet. It’s a slow-paced game, but again, extremely fun.
I like the game because its more of a grindy game with lots of things to do and lots of updates. The one thing i dislike about the game is unless you are playing multiplayer you cannot get your items back when you die unless you are playing easy mode. Please make it so we can choose difficulty and still keep our loot when we die, or allow us to pick up somthing that gives us our loot.
Before I bought the Game i was pretty sceptical if it has enough content yet to be played for a “long”(more then 20 hours) time, but now after more than 30+ hours of playing I can say…. Yes it is worth it. Although there are “only” 2 chapters out now there is apparently way more to come and I cant wait for the next chapter to get released. The Story itself is actually pretty interesting and I want to know more about what happened. Theres a lot to craft and a couple of different Enemys in the Game yet and they still add more with every major update.
The game is pretty fun, specially with friends. That being said the pacing is too slow.
To build anything you need a ton of resources and you have to spend a billion years to gather them. When you finally build that breathing apparatus it breaks like in 2 seconds, and you need to gather resources again to build another one.
Hunger and thirst also go down too fast. I don’t think it adds difficulty to the game, it’s just annoying to be exploring somewhere and having to walk back a million miles to the raft to get water.
And another thing is that you walk, super slow.
But appart from that the game is pretty fun.
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So far the game is rock solid. I personally started the game as I always do with any game, on normal difficulty. I noticed an issue for me right off the bat. When you die, and at first you will die a lot, you lose everything. So I switched to easy difficulty and it feels like any other game in the survival genre, but more enjoyable. If you’re looking for a challenge though…
Anyways, you sail, you swim, you fish, make your own water, build onto a massive raft until its almost a freakin' cruise line, and so much more. There is indeed a story though. So if you’re looking to not play ‘water minecraft’ then this is the game for you. It feels often times like Myst with its story telling style. It’s slow and calm and almost never a high intensity game that keeps you at the edge of your seat. No, this is a game to play when you’re looking to relax and sea where the wind takes you.
Pros: Multiplayer is a needed option for so many these days. So its a nice addition if thats what you like. The pace of the game may even quicken that way. The graphics are almost modern day Zelda in style, moderately cartoony and stylish but flawless and beautiful. It’s currently in early access so you might expect a lot of glitches and such, but not at all. Your raft is your life and mine looks so amazing right now its almost silly. I built a three story raft so far and my third story is built around my trees on the second story. Its like Sims… You know, without the relationships…
Cons: So it can be repetitive. Whether you’re constantly scrounging for the same resources over and over again or seeing the same islands again and again, it may get annoying. The soundtrack is relaxing but I literally mute the game and play Spotify while the same shark that I just murdered five minutes ago finds a way to destroy my boat again or kill me for the sixtieth time.
**** THAT SHARK.
Overall: 9 out of 10. One of my favorite games ever made. And look at my library, I’ve played more then a few.
If you’re playing with friends raft is pretty alright, however imagining myself playing through all of that I have without friends is just dreamy. I genuinely can’t imagine myself playing this more than an hour by myself, maybe more than 2 then I’d quit. I only stuck around because I had a friend who was pretty enthusiastic about it, but I found myself failing to see the point after bit by bit.
Certain points it feels kinda exciting, others it feels like “huh, what do I do” That did get quelled by getting a specific item, but honestly, It really persisted. After completing the second chapter I didn’t really have any will to keep continuing, but I am excited for more updates. Maybe we’ll grind for materials, depends on how everyone else feels, I’m not really against it but definitely don’t have a feeling of really wanting to play anymore.
Progression feels nice, combat is downright terrible and building is tedious at points as well as, food/water on normal felt like we got over supplied after a certain point. Certain items that would be an upgrade are just awful and make no feasible sense.
Overall its still fun even with a ton of the game being borderline terrible, and I still would recommend it weirdly. ONLY if you have friends 7/10. Without friends though.. I wouldn’t play.
I would recommend this game to anyone who has the patience to play it. its a very slow paced game if you are playing solo and requires some management. if you are playing with friends it requires a lot of rationing of food and supplies but your raft will grow a lot quicker and is overall a blast. i liked this game so much I spent about 80 bucks gifting this game to my friends and not that the game is more popular the game may get updated more often.
I am a big fan of survival games like these, but usually only if they have a mode in which I can just chill and not worry about anything blowing up in my face (looking at you, Creepers). Raft has all of this and more, with a story that keeps on going a little further every time they release a new chapter, and in the meantime, plenty of smaller islands around the ocean to explore and grab materials to build the most insane, physics-defying wooden floating structure you have ever seen, that by some kind of magic doesn’t just topple over and sink in a storm.
I have only played either Creative or Peaceful as to not have my raft eaten by the shark or being mauled by bears. I play games to relax and without the ever creeping fear of have your limb torn of or the raft pulled from under you, I love the creative freedom that this game gives me. The crafting system is pretty straight-forward, materials are relatively fine to come by, as long as you use them sparingly and strategically. Beginning player may initially be a bit confused about how to obtain more recipes, because the research station doesn’t get explained; you get thrown onto a 2 by 2 raft platform and are tasked to figure out how everything works by yourself. Then again, the game is still in development.
If you decide to pick up this game, it is best enjoyed with one or more friends and I would highly recommend that you join their Discord to keep up with their work and updates, make some friends and find a pretty neat community.
RAFT is super fun and a amazing survival game. When you get that one smelter or whatever it feels amazing! so i def recommend this to other players. BUT it is true when you die its really sad. I was so so sad when i died and then started a new game called sadness:9 but know i’m doing amazing so yea and nah also in the load screen when you choose your raft you will see a “world backup” that will load your raft from like 8 mins ago
Honestly the first hour is a grind fest, after that, you get into a rythm and the game has A TON more content then is revealed. Don’t cheat and look anything up and the game is awesome. Need to reduce shark attacks and shark speed by 25%, reduce hunger and thirst by 50% and the game so far would be near perfect.
Really fun, though time consuming :) Clearly not finished, it needs a bit of in-game guidance for new players (my friend and I drifted for 6 hours before figuring out how to proceed the game to get upgrades). However those 6 hours were not wasted, hehe. Anyway super fun, 99% bug free and had no trouble at all with co-op.