When I first saw
this game, my initial reaction was now how can they make this game similar
to the ‘Survivor’ CBS television show? Well, what they have done is
made a game that you can play as a single player or in a multiplayer format.
You can even host a game if you are so inclined. I must say I have only
had the game briefly and I cannot comment on multiplayer format. There
are options built into the single player mode since you can create your
own character or you can choose to be any of the original characters.
The game is rated E for everyone and is available on a
number of formats, not only PC and Mac systems but also Nintendo 64, Playstation
and Playstation II, Dreamcast, Gameboy and even Xbox. System requirements
include the following: Windows 95, 98 or ME, a Pentium II 333 Mhz or AMD
Athlon 333 Mhz or better processor and at least 64 MB of RAM. There should
also be a 12 MB 3D Video card, Direct X 8.0 and a Direct X compatible sound
card, with a 56 KB modem or high-speed (Cable Modem, DSL or better) Internet
connection. I did have difficulty installing this game on my computer running
the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
One of the features and attractions of the original television show
was the natural human characteristic of liking certain individuals and
disliking others on the show. In this game, you can play as any of the
original 32 Pulau Tiga or Australian Outback tribe members or you can insert
your own character into the mix and see if you would fare better and survive.
If you choose your own character, there are ten essential elements of survival
skill which you may opt to possess. The game will also demand that you
develop relationships with other tribe members and your character can form
alliances with others. This game lets you compete for immunity and reward
challenges and vote off cast members, just like on the TV show. However,
with the game, you won’t really be digesting edible bugs or living in the
wilderness, unless you choose to pitch a tent in your back yard for more
realism. If you choose to do that, I guess you’d better be playing on a
laptop with satellite Internet connectivity.
The graphics were nice and the movies appeared to be excerpts that were
cut from the actual TV show. In the game itself, like the show, the survival
period was made up of camp chores, developing relationships and alliances
and so forth. Reward challenges tested each tribes ability to work as a
team. Following each challenge, was another survival period. Coercion,
lying, and manipulating are often assets in this game as they were on the
television show. However, you may lose ground and find yourself voted off.
The biggest test of your tribe was each individual against other tribe
members and each tribe against the other. These bouts occurred in the immunity
challenges and they were probably the most important aspect of the game.
Whichever tribe or individual won immunity was safe for another episode.
Finally, the tribal council is the ultimate challenge you have to face
in the game and the one where the loser exits the game.
You can begin a new game, load a saved game, and utilize easy medium
or hard difficulty settings in your game. The length of the game is determined
by your choice of full, half, or short game. Your choice results in game-length
of thirteen, seven, or three episodes respectively. What is the most fun,
in my view, is to create your own character. If you do this, you will have
to choose your characters’ skills such as assertiveness, building, communication,
cooking, cunning, empathy, running, strength, swimming and craftiness in
the field. In order to add realism to the game, they included an emotional
energy interface which gauges your positive relationships with your tribe
members. This changes throughout the game based on your physical and mental
ratings. Spending positive emotional energy toward another survivor makes
the formation of alliance more likely. In order to win the game, you must
manage these relationships effectively and use good judgment.
If you loved the Survivor television show series, this game is right
up your alley. If you would prefer to not think when you’re playing the
game then look elsewhere. Technical support is available online at the
Website. You can buy the game locally at CompUSA, Best Buy, and other
stores that sell popular software games. The list price of the game on
the Internet was $19.99 on both the Best
Buy and CompUSA