Raft

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Raft is an open “ocean” survival game by Red Beet Interactive. You start off on a tiny raft floating in the middle of the ocean. Armed with only a hook you will have to scavenge trash floating in the water to survive and build your raft large enough to sustain yourself. You will find islands along the way that you can pillage for food and resources. But lurking under your raft is a shark affectionately known as Bruce. He follows you everywhere you go, waiting for you to enter the water.

Raft Menu

Survival

The toughest aspect of this game is securing food and water. Aside from not letting Bruce eat your raft. On islands you come across, you can harvest pineapples, watermelons, coconuts, mangos, & berries to name a few. Once you’ve collected enough resources from the ocean you can build a water collector. Building a fishing rod will allow you to fish but you will need to build a grill to cook the fish on. All the while you will need to keep Bruce at bay with a spear as he will constantly tries to attack your raft. Expansion is key until you can build armor for your raft. The resource aspect of this game is well balanced and has a very good flow to it. Just remember you never have enough wood. Never!

Story Islands

There are several types of islands in the game to explore, but the story islands are much larger and actually allow advancing in the game. As you explore the story islands you will find blueprints that allow you to build better technology to make life easier on the raft. You will also find notes that tell a story as you progress in the game. There are two rare islands that you only have a 2% chance of finding that have special items on them. It took me 300 hours of playing the game before I found them both.


“Raft throws you and your friends into an epic oceanic adventure! Alone or together, players battle to survive a perilous voyage across a vast sea! Gather debris, scavenge reefs and build your own floating home, but be wary of the man-eating sharks!”

~Metacritic

Building Your Raft

Arguably the best part of this game is the build system. It’s very intuitive and easy to learn. Enlarging your raft and decorating it, will become the main aspect of the game for most players. Do you want a small efficient raft or a mega ship? The raft below took me around 150 hours to build and is still a work in progress.

Large Raft

Farming

You will eventually or rather quickly get tired of fishing. Growing your own crops is a good way to sustain your food supplies. Along side crops such as potatoes, beets, and pineapples, you can also grow flowers and trees. Flowers can be turned into paint for your raft. While trees will supply you with food and wood or look great just as decoration.

You can also capture certain animals and bring them back to your raft. Chickens, goats, and llamas can be kept on your raft and you can harvest, eggs, milk, & wool from them. Plus they make cool pets.

Along your journey through the story islands you will also be able to harvest your own honey once you get beehives. Honey will allow you to make biofuel for your engines.

Once you unlock engines and steering wheel, you will start to feel like a true captain of your ship. Raft has finally hit 1.0 this year after 4 years of early access development. 1.0 also gave us 3 more story islands along with more advanced blueprints.

Multiplayer

But don’t worry you don’t have to go it alone. You can play with up to 7 friends at the same time. This can make building your raft and getting through the story islands a breeze. Just keep in mind it takes quite a bit of food and water to keep 8 people alive.

Raft Specs

  • MINIMUM:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.6GHz or similar
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 700 series or similar
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 64-bit operating system is required
  • RECOMMENDED:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz or similar
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 series or similar
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 64-bit operating system is required