19 Games Like The Forest

Games Like The Forest
Our assembled list of games like The Forest offers other first person horror games where you’ll have to fight for survival in an open world environment.

The Forest joined the ranks of other open world survival games in early 2014 through Steam Early Access. Set within a dense forest players will take on the role of plane crash survivor as they explore the sandbox gameplay, empowering you to make the best decisions for your survival. From chopping down trees to scavenging for food and exploring the cave networks you create your adventure, ensuring each game is always different.

In addition to exploring the open world environment for resources players will need to craft their own tools, shelter and weapons to survive. It’s not only the environment that challenges players but also the tribe of nocturnal cannibals who inhabit the various underground cave networks.

The games similar to The Forest here will also push your survival skills to the limit as you gather resources, craft items and fight off enemies. This list includes both single player and multiplayer options allowing you to team up with friends or test yourself against other humans as opposed to AI.

Games Like The Forest

life-is-feudal

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)
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
(25 votes)
rust

Rust is a survival game that comes from the same brains that brought you Garry’s Mod. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of games and genres you’ll find plenty of depth to explore while struggling to survive. The game is best described as a mixture of Minecraft and DayZ. In Rust players will... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(67 votes)
dont-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 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
8.5
(11 votes)
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 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 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
8.8
(37 votes)
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 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 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)
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 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
8.8
(12 votes)
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)
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
6.0
(2 votes)
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 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 (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 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)