How long can you survive the post-apocalyptic wastelands of NEO Scavenger? In the near-future, supernatural activity and human warfare have fragmented mankind into pockets of civilization struggling to survive in wild and dangerous lands. You awaken alone in an abandoned facility with no food nor water, and only a hospital gown and some mysterious items as clues to your identity. NEO Scavenger is a game where you must survive in the wasteland long enough to figure out who you are. Each turn you must decide where to go, how to scavenge for supplies, and how to deal with anything and anyone you encounter. And with each passing minute, the pit in your stomach grows, your dehydration worsens, your muscles tire, and your body temperature drops in the cold autumn air. Choose your starting abilities carefully, because they and your wit are the only tools you have in the apocalypse!

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5 comments by dcfedor on Jan 6th, 2014

Build 0.982 has just been approved on Desura, so if you were waiting for an update from 0.980, today is your day!

Updates Included in Both the Beta and Demo

Both the beta and demo include the following changes:

  • Added code to stop AI from moving if they enter an hex with enemies, so they can't loot and run.
  • Added code to ignore electric charges and software in crafting screen for performance/cleanliness.
  • Added shards of glass on ground in cryo facility, to match broken window.
  • Added code to prevent AI stealing sleeping bag when player using it.
  • Added code to prevent AI stealing recipe papers, since it caused big messages in log.
  • Added message in log when creature's activity causes another creature to wake up in battle.
  • Added new attack verbs to message log for cut and blunt attacks, to better approximate lower damage ranges.
  • Added Gyges references to opening encounter, and map text.
  • Changed hexes to offer more camp variety by default.
  • Changed creature spawn rates to be less frequent.
  • Changed wound healing rates to be slower, especially when more severe.
  • Changed opening cryo encounter flow to be easier to maintain.
  • Changed framerate from 60fps to 30fps, which reduces CPU usage.
  • Fixed a bug that caused endless turn looping, resulting in player death (due to creature removal bug).
  • Fixed a bug that caused combat freeze if player's current target dies of cardiac arrest.
  • Fixed typos in several conditions.
  • Fixed bug that allowed water sources like rivers to be used in some boiling recipes, causing it to be destroyed.
  • Fixed overlapping graphics on vehicle screen. Changed layout.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some combat move icons to be invisible when fighting more than one creature.
  • Fixed a bug that would mention dogman if player successfully closed cryo door before seeing it.
  • Fixed a bug that used too much memory for each creature.

The biggest news here is probably the endless turns bug fix. I think I've found and fixed all of the causes of this issue (and its sibling, the frozen combat screen). There are also several play-balancing changes, including a reduction in creature spawn rates, increase in healing time, and fixes to the AI looting hexes and running off with impunity.

There should also be some significant performance improvements, as creature optimzations and framerate adjustments reduce memory footprint and CPU load, respectively. Plus, combat enhancements should make it easier to gauge how severe wounds are in the message log.

Updates Only in the Beta

In addition to the above, the Beta (a.k.a. "Early Access" on Steam) has the following updates:

The moon casts its pale illumination on a new location...

  • Added 4 new music tracks to game.
  • Added new DMC encounter location.
  • Added cannibalism text and effects to Zom Zom's encounter.
  • Added RFID spoofer item, art, and treasure to game.
  • Changed fire extinguish recipe to always produce 2 ash, instead of 1-2.
  • Changed Zom Zom's admission fee and fixed its item removal.
  • Fixed bug in Isotope Mine encounter that prevented player from declining Bob's offer after asking about hot bricks.
  • Fixed blank outcome in Zom Zom's encounter w/Stoat.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Detroit Bank from appearing if discovering bank details via cryo return encounter.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some random encounters to end prematurely if no choice made.
  • Fixed bug that incorrectly reports hardware prices before selling to store.

First of all, 4 new music tracks! Josh has outdone even himself in this new batch, and they will further paint an aural soundscape that haunts your desperate days in-game.

The DMC also has a new location to explore, with plot clues and cultural cues to discover. Plus, there were a significant batch of fixes and patches to existing encounters.

Overall, players should find a mix of new things to discover, fixes to performance and stability, and general improvements in the balance and fairness in-game. As always, let me know if you have any issues or feedback on the new build!

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DarkMajor21 Apr 4 2013 says:

I love this game, enough to pay $10, but I just hate spending money... I am sure I will buy it eventually.

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dcfedor Creator
dcfedor Apr 11 2013 replied:

I know how you feel. My game budget is pretty tight these days, so I have to be really selective about spending cash. Wait for the right time to strike :)

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DarkMajor21 Apr 16 2013 replied:

Oops I ment to upvote this not down it... Stupid buttons are too close together.

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hardpenguin Apr 4 2013 says:

Any sales planned?

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dcfedor Creator
dcfedor Apr 4 2013 replied:

No immediate plans yet. There are some content additions and features I'd like to add before drawing another surge of attention to the game.

I'll definitely announce it both at and here when it happens, though!

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Omegakill Apr 4 2013 replied:

I'd also like to know this, as I like the game, but just not enough to pay 8 quid for it.

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indeleta Apr 1 2013 says:

Great game. Will some of the inventory and actions during battles be a single click? sometime when i double click onto a item or a action during battle it doesnt move to the other side or into my inventory so i have to drag and drop it. Also will items have a rotate option like tetris to fit everything into a bag/backpack or its fixed the way it suppose to be?

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dcfedor Creator
dcfedor Apr 2 2013 replied:

He indeleta,

There's actually a (poorly documented) hotkey (1) which switches the cursor to take/drop mode, so a single click moves the item across the screen. Does that help? (Also, holding the 2 key switches to "use" mode.)

As for the item rotation, you should be able to rotate them in 90 degree increments using the A/D keys.

Let me know if that helps!

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mcfroogle Apr 9 2013 replied:

:-o how long has the A/D rotation been in the game??? I've been playing since the groupees bundle

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dcfedor Creator
dcfedor Apr 10 2013 replied:

A long time, I think. Possibly before the Groupees bundle. It wasn't very well-documented, though.

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intergang Mar 27 2013 says:

So far I love this game still. Though, one part I feel is still needing primary expansion, is the survival part. Will the next major update expand on this?

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dcfedor Creator
dcfedor Mar 28 2013 replied:

Hey intergang,

The current work I am doing is related to more plot and encounter content. After that, I was planning on working on improving the crafting system, so I could add items and recipes more easily. Those choices are primarily based on customer feedback here:

Regarding expansion of survival, what are you referring to, exactly?

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Highest Rated (7 agree) 10/10

An exciting mix of turn-based role-playing and survival gameplay. I'd say it's quite a bit more than a roguelike. Not since Robinson's Requiem have I seen such detail put into the player character's frailty. It leads to a lot of careful planning and tense moments. You never quite know what will happen once you step out of the Cryo Facility.

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