Editor’s note: the following review is on Unturned version 3.x.
Unturned is an early access, survival-based zombie apocalypse themed game available for free on Steam. The game is developed by Smartly Dressed Games – a Canadian-based game developer (eh). In the game, whether it is on single player or on a server, your only goal is to survive, by any means necessary.
Although the game may have simple graphics (think Minecraft style here) and generally easy controls, it is much more in-depth than it looks, giving a truly great experience to anybody that chooses to play. The game is updated on a regular basis, with each update adding new features, factors and challenges to the multiplayer survival game.If you like zombie, survival, strategy, or shooter games, then you should try #Unturned! @SDGNelson Click To Tweet
Here’s the official Unturned game trailer:
What do can you do in Unturned?
In Unturned, you can do several different things on your own and with others.
- You can loot and plunder local towns, farms, campsites, airports and even military bases.
- You can find a building to fortify or build your own.
- You can find vehicles left behind to drive from town to town.
- Most importantly, you can (and should always) search for weapons and ammo if you don’t have any.
On most servers, PvP (Player versus Player) is enabled, letting you fight for your life, or for the loot of dead bodies. Some servers enable you to reenact a Hunger Games situation and fight other players in a fast paced action scene.
Or, if you prefer to take a break from all the servers, you can play in a single player world and build a base, find the best loot, and drive cars, boats, and fly helicopters and planes. In my personal experience, I have found that playing on a PvP server grants the best experience of the game because not only are you fighting other players, but also you are fighting your personal health, and zombies.
The lists of possibilities go on, given that the game is an open world environment and Unturned is regularly improving its reputation by adding new gear, vehicles, and some special items almost every week.
Is the community in Unturned friendly or hostile?
In Unturned, one of the biggest aspects that make the game fun was the ability to add multiplayer to the game. Of course, like all games, there are some people that are not friendly to others, which is expected. However, the overall community in Unturned has been overall pretty nice in my experience (or as nice as you can be when you are trying to kill each other.) I have met several people in game that are nice to others, and work in teams, giving players a chance most of the time and not shooting them on sight like in other games.
Most servers also promote the players to be kind in the server names, saying things like “friendly admins” or “no stress server” in the server titles. One thing that I do have to say about the community in general is about the server admins. Admins on servers are players that can do things in game that normal players can’t do, like teleport, spawn in items, change the time of day, and kick or ban other players.
Many people have been complaining about admins on certain servers abusing their power to their own advantage and others disadvantage. I personally have seen admins abuse players, like teleporting players to them, then blowing them up, or other things that can ruin your experience on the server. But, because of all the complaints, servers on Unturned have started to promote nicer admins so that players feel more satisfied and not “cheated” when playing on a server.
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Is Unturned worth the download?
I think that Unturned is one of my favorite games I have gotten on Steam personally during my time as a gamer. At first, I was skeptical, because it looked to simple, but knowing what I know now, I would download Unturned in an instant. Unturned is overall a really great game, when looking at all of its aspects as a whole. I think that because of all of the possibilities it provides, the overall nice community, and the general challenge it provides as a whole. I think that Unturned is a game that is definitely worth coming back to every once and a while, because every time I come back, there is something new that has been added to the game.#Unturned is one of my favorite games I have gotten on @Steam_Games! Click To Tweet
Although there can be some minor issues and discrepancies when it comes to the community and gameplay, the game provides so much positive influence that the negativity can be overcome.
As a bonus, Unturned is a free to play game, so if you are not interested in playing the game any more for any reason, there was no cost, so you don’t have to worry about wasting your money. If you are looking for a new game to start playing, I think you should give Unturned a try.
What are your final thoughts on Unturned?
Overall, I think that Unturned is a simplistic game that offers a truly gratifying experience in total. I just wish that I could get better at the game, because I am not the best at playing, especially in times of crisis. If any of you are interested in playing Unturned, it has a free download on Steam, and doesn’t require a ton of space on your hard drive, either. Thank you for reading this article, and until next time!
Unturned Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the age rating for the Unturned game?
A: I was not able to locate an official age rating for the game, but as with any game, there are usually more than one aspect of an online game that contribute to the rating. What does the game’s age rating intend to do? Well, it is intended to protect gamers below a certain age. The game itself is a survival, so there will be blood and animated violence. It’s not nearly as realistic as some games out there, though. What the average gamer will be exposed to in any online, multi-player game is outside of the control of the game developers, and that’s the real risk here. I’d recommend gamers be at least 12 years old to play, as colorful language is almost guaranteed in an online multiplayer game like this.
Q: How much does Unturned cost to play?
A: Unturned is a free-to-play game as of this review. You can download it and play for free. There are downloadable content items for purchase available, but they are not required to play.
Q: Are the downloadable content items worth the price?
A: The downloadable content items available on Steam are part of a “Gold Package” and are available for $4.99 from the Steam store. These items offer extra abilities and advantages to players that purchase them. They’re also unique visual items that will let other players know you’ve purchased the upgrades. I’m sure the game developers appreciate any contributions they receive now, as it likely helps them to continue development. As for the usefulness of the items themselves – I wouldn’t purchase them if extra advantage is your only goal.
Q: What happens if I experience a bug in the game?
A: If you experience a bug in the game, you’re encouraged to check out the Unturned Community Forums. I’d recommend searching the forums first, before posting about your issue. There’s a good chance someone has already reported the bug. If not, you can start a new discussion – just be sure to provide enough detail for the developer to understand your issue and how to reproduce it, including specifications on your gaming system, browser, hardware specs, etc.