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Top Games Like “Raft” Everyone Needs to Play

Games Like Raft

Have you explored every inch of the ocean surface there is to find? Have you simply run out of upgrades and islands to discover in Raft? If you’re looking for greener pastures (or bluer oceans?), then you’ve come to the right place because you’ll find eleven games just like Raft in this list! There’s a lot of variety to uncover here, so without further ado, let’s get into it with:

1. ARK: Survival Evolved

When ARK says ‘survival evolved,’ it means it. This game is a lot like Raft in the sense that you explore a lot, hunt, loot, build, and all that jazz. The change you’ll be experiencing, though, which is true for a bunch of games on this list, is that you’re no longer on the ocean; you’re on land now.

ARK: Survival Evolved is a survival game where you’re trying to stay alive in a mysterious world that’s full of dinosaurs. Yup, dinosaurs. To survive, you’ll need to either kill the dinosaurs or pull a page out of the jungle book by taming them instead – and that’s where the evolution of survival comes in!

On the island that you’ve woken up, you’re going to be exploring, scavenging, and fighting to build your own base, which can be as large as you possibly imagine it to be. At the same time, this game is PvPvE, so you’re going up against both players and beasts alike, which makes the survival experience pretty layered and exciting. If you’ve been wanting a change of scenery, you can leave the ocean surface and sharks in favor of lush forests and dinosaurs with ARK: Survival Evolved.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and S, Android, Xbox One, Linux, Microsoft Windows, iOS, macOS.

2. Minecraft

Whenever there’s talk of a survival game, you just know that Minecraft has to be on the list. I mean, it kind of is the game that defined this genre and, well, also defined a whole generation of gamers. As a fan of Raft, you’ll love the focus on survival, exploration, crafting, and hunting in this game.

At this point, you’ll have seen the gameplay of Minecraft in one way or another – it’s about waking up in a diverse biome with nothing but your bare hands to gather resources from and survive. You’ve got some crafting skills built into your character, so you gather wood, start from primitive tools, build shelter, and work your way up from there.

Before you know it, Minecraft turns you into this biome-conquering legend who has a palace for a house, a diamond and gold mine that’s deeper than the Mariana trench, and zombies are as much of a threat as a fly bumping against your bedroom window. The journey itself is what makes this game really fun, especially for Raft fans, because it encourages everything you’re already used to doing, but on land.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, PlayStation 4 & 5, Nintendo Switch.

3. Subnautica

Subnautica might be a comfort pick for you because it won’t ask you to leave the ocean. Instead, you’re going to be diving into the ocean! Not sure how that’s an upgrade, though; maybe it looks cool? Subnautica is a story-driven game, but the core elements of survival, exploration, and crafting hold as true as ever in this series.

As one of the most loved games ever out there, Subnautica wows its players not just with its story but also its gameplay. In the underwater world, you have to collect resources, build a base, and avoid the enemies that are out to kill you. You know, the ones besides the sharks.

One of the coolest features about this game is the customizability in the form of modes – you can make it as easy or as hard as you want without losing sight of what makes it fun. There are modes where you don’t have to think about hunger or thirst, and there are also modes where if you die, you just die. No coming back. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just there to have some fun, Subnautica will be an absolute treat to play after Raft.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch.

4. No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is a game that holds nothing back when it comes to ambition and boy, does it deliver. I’ll admit, if you were there at the time it launched, it was definitely an incomplete mess of a game. In 2023 though, this game is everything it promised it would be and more.

As a fan of Raft, you’ll be a bit out of your comfort zone here because, you know, space. Instead of the sea or land or really any part of Earth, No Man’s Sky puts an entire universe at your feet where you can explore countless procedurally generated planets. Each of these planets is unique, and you can choose to make your base on each and every one of them. Or, you know, just go around fighting the unique aliens you come across on each one.

The sense of exploration is what gets you hooked, but it doesn’t end there because No Man’s Sky also has a ton of customizability when it comes to base building, crafting, and hunting. The resources you need are super diverse, and each one is necessary for a specific kind of item/structure. It might sound overwhelming, but the game takes you step by step through it all and creates an experience that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Xbox Series X and S, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS.

5. Grounded

Grounded is a game where you get a first-person look into what A Bug’s Life was like all those years ago. Yup, you’re an ant now! Well, you’re the size of an ant, you’re still human, and that brings with it a host of problems, as you can probably guess. And just so it happens, that’s also the premise of the whole game.

Just like in Raft, survival is key here. How you do that is different, though, with its own resource gathering, base building, and cooperation mechanics that define its core. Grounded’s intricate base-building options, mysterious exploration, and regular updates to keep the game fresh make it a ton of fun and also make sure things never get stale, which they often do in survival games.

Plus, while Raft definitely has its own aesthetic that looks fine, it doesn’t really compare to the impressive graphics that add to the immersion of Grounded, making it a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a unique survival adventure. Just make sure you’re not afraid of spiders. Or giant bugs in general. Because there’s lots of them and they all want to eat you.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

6. Valheim

Are you tired of not having a purpose in life? Do you find yourself yearning for the gates of Valhalla to welcome you for the rest of eternity? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Valheim gives you your ticket to Valhalla! The bad news is that, well, it’s still just a game. It’s super immersive, though.

In Valheim, you and a bunch of your friends are in the wilderness during the Viking era, and your goal is to survive its harsh environment. By harsh, I mean there are enemies out there that will kill you in the most brutal of ways and have you start over with a new kind of humility to your play style. But hey, you’re never going to die alone because this game lets you play with nine others at the same time!

Together, you will all build, craft, explore, and scavenge to make sure you’re able to survive the desolate world you’re tossed into. Playing as a fallen Viking, you learn the meaning of picking yourself back up as you venture through its various biomes, conquering and fighting until you’re no longer just surviving; you’re thriving.

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Xbox Series X and Series S.

7. Stranded Deep

Being stranded is bad enough already, but can you imagine being Stranded Deep? Alright, I’ll see myself out. This game is about a plane crash, and if that wasn’t already enough doom and gloom, you’ll find that the crash happens over the Pacific Ocean. What do you do now?

Well, it wouldn’t be much of a game if giving up was an option, so naturally, you’re going to start scavenging for supplies and doing your best to survive. If you’re playing this in co-op, it also helps that you have a buddy to help you through the despair, and things start to look not that bad.

You’re not able to call for help from anyone, but what you can do is learn how to survive on your own and eventually find that life isn’t so bad. It’s this journey from desolation to a state where you’re completely self-sufficient that makes this game so fun and, especially coming from Raft, makes for hours and hours of fun with friends.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS.

8. Subsistence

As a Raft fan, you’ll likely find Subsistence right up your alley, too. The game is developed by ColdGames and offers a survival experience in a dense, wild forest which is admittedly nothing like Raft. But! Like Raft, it’s all about crafting, building, and resource management. You’ll scavenge, build shelters, and create tools to thrive in the challenging environment, all while managing hunger, thirst, and health.

That might sound like a lot, but there are plenty of games that do that, right? What sets Subsistence apart is its dynamic ecosystem. Wolves and bears roam the landscape, and you’ll need to hunt them for food and materials. You also get to play both single-player and multiplayer modes, whichever style you prefer.

Coupled with the fact that the game gets updated regularly with new content and bug fixes, you get an experience that is pretty much Raft but on land. From the treacherous, tall waves of the sea of Raft, you’re thrown into the rugged wilderness with Subsistence, and I think you’ll absolutely love it.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

9. The Forest

You know how the fear of being eaten by sharks is always hanging over you in Raft? Well, in The Forest, those sharks are replaced by cannibals, and they’re all around you, hiding in the trees and bushes and caves, just waiting for you. Sound fun? It gets even better!

The plot of The Forest starts off with you surviving a plane crash in the wilderness, where you loot whatever supplies you can find and build shelter. Along with that, you’ll need to find food, defend yourself, and explore for more resources because things are starting to run out. The cannibals will definitely eat you if you let them, but you’ll find that they’re not too much of a threat since you can kill them pretty easily.

The Forest is a realistic, immersive take on the survival genre, and like other games on this list, it takes you out of the water and puts you into a forest. If you’re looking for a change of, well, everything besides your planet, then this game is one you absolutely can’t miss after playing Raft.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows.

10. The Long Dark

The Long Dark plunges you into a post-apocalyptic, snow-covered wilderness. It’s a stark contrast, but the core survival principles remain the same. You’ll need to scavenge, hunt, and make tough choices to stay alive, just as you would in Raft, now with a geomagnetic apocalypse to add a twist to things!

Coming from Raft, what I loved the most here as an ‘upgrade’ was the immersive atmosphere and realistic survival mechanics, which create a sense of isolation and vulnerability, somewhat like the open water dangers of Raft. Managing your hunger, cold, and fatigue is a constant struggle, making every decision crucial for your survival.

With its breathtaking yet unforgiving world and a strong focus on crafting and exploration, The Long Dark is a unique and engrossing experience that will test your survival skills in a whole new way. So, if an icy challenge sounds like just what you need, the frozen wilderness is waiting for you in the variety of dark, which is, indeed, quite long.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and Mac operating systems.

11. Satisfactory

This game is one you’ll absolutely love if the best part of Raft for you was the scavenging, building, and crafting. As you can tell from its name, this game isn’t just about a factory; it’s about a factory that is as satisfying as it can possibly be. Seriously, I can’t think of many other games where when you start, you almost lose a sense of time.

The premise of this game is that you’re on an alien planet within a procedurally generated biome filled with resources and a couple of enemies here and there. Your goal now is to start with basic, portable miners that get resources for you, put them into bigger machines and assemblers to craft parts, and then craft complex parts using those parts. Oh, and all of this happens in a chain, kind of like a production line, which is what makes it so satisfying!

As you learn production layouts and factory schemes and build the most glorious factory the world has ever seen, you’ll often forget that you’ve been playing the game for 6 hours straight (speaking from experience). As far as building and crafting stuff goes, this game is just the peak and offers countless hours of satisfactory fun if you’re done with Raft.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

With that satisfying entry, we’ve completed this short roundup of games like Raft! Whether you prefer staying in the ocean, going back to land, or venturing into space, there’s a game for you on this list. Not only that, but you also get the same core gameplay that you’ve come to love so much from Raft. So, which game caught your attention the most? Is it actually even on this list? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you in the next one!

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