July 15, 2014
An indie game created by a 16-year-old game developer named Nelson Sexton — but more widely known by his alias, Greg Stevens — is taking the Steam market by storm. Nelson’s game “Unturned” is among the most popular new games found on Steam, and it’s still in development.
“Unturned” has been pre-released to the public while it’s still being developed, yet it has found great success because the PC gaming community has supported it. The game is a survival game that takes place during an unknown apocalyptic event, where most of humanity has been wiped out and zombies have taken their place. Players take control of the lone survivors as they gather supplies and live off the land while defending themselves against other bandit players, zombies and radiation poisoning.
The game’s visuals are similar to the hit game “Minecraft,” but the gameplay has a lot more to it. Although the visuals and sounds may be quite simple, the gameplay has a deep crafting and weapons system. There are tons of items scattered throughout the world’s map for players to scavenge. Players will have to monitor their health, hunger, thirst, radiation levels and stamina. “Unturned” supports both single and multiplayer options.
Since the game is still in development and released as an early access version, “Unturned” is very rough. Multiplayer isn’t supported by Steam’s servers currently and players have to either port forward or use third-party options to connect to one another. Also, like “Minecraft,” players are thrown into the game without any directions on how to craft items, which may frustrate some newcomers.
Although the game is early access, reaching the Number 3 spot on Steam in just three days is a testament. Very few games accomplish this feat and it shows how fun and entertaining “Unturned” can be, even in an unfinished version. Hopefully the final version of this game can come out this year. Until then, gamers can check out a free-to-play early access version on Steam.