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1 Bit Survivor (2022) is an adventure survival game about driving your car across a country in the aftermath of an unstoppable virus. It stands out for its limited colours and simple-to-play hard-to-master playstyle. But really this is a game that's great because of the knife-edge decisions and sense of stress that the game manages to create with such limited interactions (and palette).

An unstoppable virus has destroyed humanity. Many turned into mutants. The rest fight for their life. Drive your car across the country to reach the underground bunker and survive. Can you survive 28 days and make it to your destination?

Play is turn-based. At each level, you must search for fuel for your car and (hopefully) ammunition and other resources. Each turn you choose a direction or attack. This means as the difficulty increases you need to carefully choose your actions and how to spend your limited resources. Once you run out of health your run is over and you start again with nothing.

As you progress you can unlock three different types of characters with their own abilities. You'll also face increasingly challenging enemies that come in nine different forms. When you die, which you will often, you start again and the world is generated afresh.

The result is a game that is surprisingly atmospheric. The combination of top-down visuals and overlaid first-person animations lend proceedings an uneasy edge-of-the-seat feel. Every move matters and the game tracks all of them, offering a detailed rundown of your performance when you die.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked 1 Bit Survivor 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Sequencing and Traversal game with Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate violence.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to be able to think ahead and strategies the best use of your time and resources. You also need good resilience to try again when you fail.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
There's an in-game purchase to remove the adverts. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/12/2022

Out Now: Android

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing, Traversal (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Pixels

Developer: Acheronti (@Acheronti)

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