26 Games Like Rust

Games Like Rust
Our list of games like Rust features other survival adventures where you will battle the environment, AI and other players.

Rust quickly captivated a large audience when it began its alpha (through Steam Early Access) in late December 2013. Challenging players to not only survive the zombies in the game but also the elements and other players, it’s one of the great open world survival games.

As the game developed zombies were eventually removed and the focus of the game shifted more towards the player interactions (or lack of) that players would experience in each and every game. With only a single life to make a name for yourself it’s a journey of constant fear and strange encounters. AI controlled enemies weren’t completely removed from the game though to ensure a good balance of PvE and PvP experiences.

Crafting and shaping the game world is also at the heart of the Rust experience with players able to forge tools, weapons and houses to increase their chances of survival. With the large range of resources needed and the potential upgrades to find through the blueprint system Rust encourages players to group together to form factions and even raid others in large group engagements.

The games like Rust on this page focus on other games were survival is a key theme. While the majority of the games here are multiplayer focused some of the options are single player adventures, we’ve also included some free and online options. Please note only games in later stages of development are included on our pages.

Games Like Rust

life-is-feudal

Life is Feudal: Your Own

Step into a massive medieval world in Life is Feudal: Your Own that blends combat, crafting, building, sandbox, realistic directional combat and many other mechanics to create an adventure set far into the past. Alternatively explore the much larger world in Life is Feudal: MMO, the MMO variant... Read More »

User Score
6.7
(6 votes)
planet-calypso
User Score
8.1
(54 votes)
dead-frontier

Dead Frontier

Dead Frontier is one of the few zombie based games that you can access in your browser and for free. The game has been around since 2008 and lets players explore a post-apocalyptic environment while struggling to survive. The uniqueness of the game has attracted a large audience and boasts mill... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(26 votes)
mortal-online

Mortal Online

Offering a hardcore sandbox experience Mortal Online is not a game for the faint-hearted player. Set in a deep medieval fantasy realm the struggle of life in Mortal Online is a real challenge for even MMO veterans. Your game starts in Mortal Online in a similar manner to other MMO titles with y... Read More »

User Score
6.0
(3 votes)
this-war-of-mine

This War of Mine

Most war games have you take on the role of a soldier in the middle of the battlefield with weapons and armour. This War of Mine, on the other hand, puts you in charge of a household of civilians trying to survive a brutal war with what minimal supplies they can scavenge. In the day, you cannot... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(8 votes)
3079

3079

3079 is a unique and challenging game that blends a number of genres together to create a sci-fi action role playing meets first person shooter experience. On the one hand you’ve got random generation and a voxel game world that feels like Minecraft but then you’ve got role playing and shooter ... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(15 votes)
planet-explorers

Planet Explorers

Ever wondered how you would survive if you crash landed on a strange planet? Well, in Planet Explorers you can experience just that scenario. The game is a voxel based RPG with plenty of open world elements that will have you hooked for hours with its in-depth gameplay. The game allows players ... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(84 votes)
dont-starve

Don’t Starve

Don’t Starve is a single player survival game that has many unique features and a dark art direction that makes it a stand out open world survival experience. The game was released in April 2013 by Klei Entertainment. The aim in Don’t Starve is simple, survive for as long as possible in the har... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(69 votes)
dead-island-riptide

Dead Island: Riptide

Dead Island: Riptide is the second game in the Dead Island series and continues on from your previous adventure but takes place on a whole new island. The game launched in 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, delivering a very similar experience to the first game. The events in Dead Island: Riptide o... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(12 votes)
stranded-2

Stranded 2

Stranded 2 is a free to play 3D game that challenges you to survive by yourself on an island. Building on the original game by offering improved graphics, larger islands, additional items and better randomisation you’ll get plenty of more hours of Stranded gameplay. Allowing players to play eit... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(16 votes)
wurm-online

Wurm Online

Wurm Online is a sandbox style MMORPG that has a creative focus allowing you to create your own adventure. You can play Wurm Online with a basic account for free but to remove some restrictions you will have to commit to a subscription based premium account. The game also has a stand alone vers... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(31 votes)
state-of-decay

State of Decay

State of Decay combines the open world genre with a zombie outbreak to create one of the largest and most impressive games in the genre to date. The game started out as a title on the Xbox Marketplace and eventually made its way to Windows. The game plays out in an open world environment with p... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(39 votes)
nether

Nether

Nether changes up the survival genre that has recently become popular with games like Rust and DayZ gaining a large number of followers. Combining PvE and PvP gameplay together as you explore, craft, trade and kill you’ll be hooked on Nether whether you choose to adventure alone or with other p... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(11 votes)
sir-you-are-being-hunted

Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is one of the more unique games to be released in recent years offering a free roaming sandbox adventure focused on stealth gameplay. As the name might suggest players spend their time in the game being hunted in a procedurally generated game world. In the game you won... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(8 votes)
fallen-earth

Fallen Earth

Fallen Earth is set in a post-apocalyptic game world and offers it to players with a free to play MMO experience. The game is a mixture of FPS and role playing features making it akin to the later games in the Fallout series. The game is centred around the Grand Canyon area which is now a waste... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(9 votes)
salem

Salem

Salem is a free to play MMO with a focus on exploration and crafting mechanics. Seatribe is behind development of the game who also run the popular hardcore MMO, Haven and Hearth (to which Salem has many similarities). Just like in Haven and Hearth players can expect permanent death in Salem so... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(23 votes)
dead-island

Dead Island

In Dead Island you’ll have to explore an open world environment and try to prevent being eaten by using whatever weapons you can find around the place. Dead Island is a great role playing experience for fans of survival horror and is available on Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Dead Islan... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(9 votes)
miasmata

Miasmata

Miasmata is a unique survival adventure that has you attempting to cure yourself from a deadly disease. The only thing you have at your disposal is your scientific knowledge and the plant life around the island. Miasmata is one of the most unique and impressive adventure games released in recen... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(13 votes)
castleminer-z

CastleMiner Z

CastleMiner Z is a sequel to the popular Xbox Live Indie Game of CastleMiner. While CastleMiner was a creatively focused experience the sequel pushes the game into survival orientated gameplay. In CastleMiner Z you will explore a vast block based game world and attempt to protect yourself from ... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(58 votes)
haven-and-hearth

Haven and Hearth

Haven and Hearth is a free to play survival based MMORPG that will have you fighting to survive in an unforgiving game world with permanent death. You will have to fight off animals, hunger and other players. The game is being developed by Jorb and Loftar and takes place on a persistent single ... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(35 votes)
darkfall-unholy-wars

Darkfall Unholy Wars

Darkfall Unholy Wars aims to bring the hardcore back to the MMO genre. Focusing on sandbox, PvP and a tonne of player driven elements the fantasy world is in the hands of players. Offering a large fantasy world that covers both land and sea players can shape the empires as they rise and fall. W... Read More »

User Score
6.9
(10 votes)
the-abandoned

The Abandoned

The Abandoned blends adventure and survival into a paid mobile title. Your objective is to stay alive in a pocket of the world that is suddenly isolated from the rest of the planet and with it came anomalies and monsters. Players literally crash land into this small pocket of deadliness when th... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(3 votes)
infestation-survivor-stories

Infestation: Survivor Stories

Infestation: Survivor Stories (originally War Z) lets players experience what it would be like if the world was hit with a zombie apocalypse. The game allows players to either cooperate or fight against other players in a harsh zombie filled world. Players can get a taste of Infestation: Surviv... Read More »

User Score
5.2
(30 votes)
left-4-dead-2

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 continues the co-operative zombie adventure with all new characters, locations, enemies and weapons to change up the popular gameplay introduced in the original Left 4 Dead. The popular AI director also makes a return with plenty of tweaks to ensure players are always challenged. ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(10 votes)
left-4-dead

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a zombie survival experience that focuses on co-operative gameplay. The game promises that each time you play with your friends you’ll be greeted with a unique experience thanks to the AI director. L4D takes place across a number of maps that follow the struggles of 4 survi... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(7 votes)
zombiu

ZombiU

ZombiU brings the zombie genre onto Nintendo’s platform with an amazing and horrifying experience that shows off some unique mechanics and potential of the Wii U. ZombiU takes place in London with a focus on the underground which creates an amazingly dark atmosphere as you adventure through the... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(8 votes)