Best Open World Survival Craft Games on Steam

Steam currently has 632 Open World Survival Craft games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Open World Survival Craft game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. Terraria

Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. Four Pack also available!

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Terraria holds the #1 spot for "best Open World Survival Craft game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,287,347 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,256,751 positive reviews and 30,596 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 5/16/2011
Developer Re-Logic
Publisher Re-Logic
Steam App Id 105600

2. tModLoader

Dig, Fight, and Build your way through the world of player-created mods on Terraria with tModLoader - this DLC makes modding Terraria a reality!

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tModLoader has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 249,960 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 242,600 positive reviews and 7,360 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play tModLoader on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 5/16/2020
Developer TML Team
Publishers
Steam App Id 1281930

3. Subnautica

Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with wonder and peril. Craft equipment, pilot submarines and out-smart wildlife to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more - all while trying to survive.

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Subnautica has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 270,016 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 261,467 positive reviews and 8,549 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 1/24/2018
Franchise Unknown Worlds
Developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Publisher Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Steam App Id 264710

4. Satisfactory

Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat. Play alone or with friends, explore an alien planet, create multi-story factories, and enter conveyor belt heaven!

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Satisfactory has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 160,127 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 155,279 positive reviews and 4,848 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Satisfactory on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 6/8/2020
Franchise Coffee Stain
Developer Coffee Stain Studios
Publisher Coffee Stain Publishing
Steam App Id 526870

5. Don't Starve

Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style.

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Don't Starve has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 106,405 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 102,929 positive reviews and 3,476 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Don't Starve on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 4/23/2013
Franchise Klei
Developer Klei Entertainment
Publisher Klei Entertainment
Steam App Id 219740

6. The Forest

As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator.

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The Forest has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 540,236 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 515,941 positive reviews and 24,295 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Forest on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 4/30/2018
Developer Endnight Games Ltd
Publisher Endnight Games Ltd
Steam App Id 242760

7. Dying Light

First-person action survival game set in a post-apocalyptic open world overrun by flesh-hungry zombies. Roam a city devastated by a mysterious virus epidemic. Scavenge for supplies, craft weapons, and face hordes of the infected.

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Dying Light has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 409,512 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 390,095 positive reviews and 19,417 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 7/15/2021
Developer Techland
Publisher Techland
Steam App Id 239140

8. The Planet Crafter

A space survival open world terraforming crafting game, designed for 1 to 10 players. Alter the ecosystem of an inhospitable planet to render it habitable for humanity. Survive, gather resources, and build your base. Then, generate oxygen, warmth, and pressure to create a brand new biosphere.

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The Planet Crafter has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 34,128 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 32,806 positive reviews and 1,322 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $16.79 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $16.79
Release Date 4/10/2024
Developer Miju Games
Publisher Miju Games
Steam App Id 1284190

9. Outpath: First Journey

Outpath: First Journey is a prologue chapter of the main game, Outpath. An experimental clicker base building game. Craft, gather & manage resources, build your base and buy more islands to exploit and expand!

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Outpath: First Journey has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,704 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,590 positive reviews and 114 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Outpath: First Journey on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/17/2022
Franchise Davii Projects
Developer David Moralejo Sánchez
Publishers
Steam App Id 2237980

10. The Planet Crafter: Prologue

Experience the first stages of terraforming an entire planet in this space survival open world terraforming crafting game prologue. Explore, survive, collect, build your base then create oxygen, heat and pressure to make an hostile planet livable for humanity.

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The Planet Crafter: Prologue has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Open World Survival Craft games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,249 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,910 positive reviews and 339 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 12/19/2021
Developer Miju Games
Publisher Miju Games
Steam App Id 1830840

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97
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22,646
5/16/2020
96
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Subnautica steam charts
3,196
1/24/2018
96
$29.99
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6/8/2020
96
$29.99
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Don't Starve steam charts
714
4/23/2013
95
$9.99
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The Forest steam charts
3,315
4/30/2018
95
$19.99
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Dying Light steam charts
4,678
7/15/2021
94
$19.99
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The Planet Crafter steam charts
5,821
4/10/2024
94
$16.79
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Outpath: First Journey steam charts
8
12/17/2022
94
Free
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The Planet Crafter: Prologue steam charts
20
12/19/2021
94
Free
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Valheim steam charts
48,453
2/2/2021
94
$9.99
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1,021
2/18/2020
94
$3.74
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5,049
5/2/2024
93
$24.99
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OBS Studio steam charts
6,312
3/21/2022
93
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20,646
11/8/2013
93
$13.39
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Palworld steam charts
12,333
1/19/2024
93
$26.99
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Raft steam charts
5,677
6/20/2022
93
$19.99
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Cosmoteer: Starship Architect & Commander steam charts
576
10/24/2022
92
$19.99
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Dinkum steam charts
1,294
7/14/2022
92
$19.99
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2,130
5/18/2021
91
$49.99
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