Your objective in Don’t Starve is very clear – stay alive, don’t starve. However, starving is often the least of your worries. You can die in a multitude of ways in DS. Weather, killer animals, poison vegetation and darkness, will all kill you. DS is a sandbox survival game. Think Minecraft meets The Sims minus creative building features.
The game mechanics are straight forward. You left click to move and interact with the environment. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard. I immediately remapped the hotkeys using the Options menu available on the startup screen. From there you can change settings and controls. No can do WASD for movement. I also re-mapped the primary and secondary keys to something that was more natural for me versus the defaults.
Clicking to move and interacting with the environment is much too slow. You should use the keyboard. For example, spamming the secondary interaction key will auto-harvest items nearby that match the weapon you have equipped. This is MUCH FASTER than left clicking every item with the mouse.
Editing your World
Unless you’ve played many survival games or watched a lot of video on DS, I would suggest tweaking the settings on your first game. Not in a way that trivializes the experience. Just enough to tone down the RNG death traps so you are more assured of getting through a few days to gain experience with how the game mechanics work.
Modifying the environment settings is done by selecting World which is available on the New Game screen. It’s the same place you see the Character selection option. Below are settings I suggest you tweak at first.
- Day = Long
- Rain = Less
- Lightening = Less
- Tall Grass = More
- Rocks (Boulder) = More
- Rabbits = More
- Hounds (black beast) = Less