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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Unturned (2014) is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. You might go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of distractions, or confront the enemies to learn special skills. However to tackle the task, the game responds to your actions intelligently.

You need to forage for food and clothing to survive the harsh natural environment. You have to deal with other online players and team up or take them down. You can arrest bandits with handcuffs and blindfold them as a non-lethal strategy. Or fight them with a wide variety of weapons - swords, machine guns, snipers, missiles, landmines.

As you accrue resources you need to build a base with barricades, furniture, traps, machinery. Board up the windows of existing structures to survive the night. Craft an entirely new structure from supplies you collect. Turn your vehicle into a moving fortress by building on it.

Different modes are set up to encourage different kinds of play. All against all has you raiding enemy encampments, Arena mode is a last man standing battle and Roleplay mode encourages everyone to stay in character and tell a story together.

Along with online play you can also play solo. Meet, talk and trade with computer characters. Complete quests to progress the story while you fend off waves of the undead.

Out now on PC, confirmed for Xbox One and PlayStation in the autumn. It will offer all gameplay features enjoyed by players on PC with restructured visuals, enhanced game mechanics, a new deeper unlock progression system, and a refreshed experience for players.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Unturned 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Unturned. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Creative, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 24-player online game. Split screen mode on consoles for local co-operative play.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 43 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence and Blood.

Skill Level

12+ 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 efficient at getting around the world and managing your resources tactically. It also helps if you are adept at stealth.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Unturned usually costs £0 to £19.99. 


Switch Store Switch £19.99
Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store Mac Free
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Trade Items Outside Game: Players can trade or bet items they have earned or purchased, on third-party sites outside the game. Where these sites offer the ability to gamble with items, they require confirmation that the player is 18 or over.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
The game is free on PC, but costs about £20 on Xbox and PlayStation.

You can purchase a Gold Upgrade on PC that offers extra save slots, customisations, Gold suits and accessories, as well as Golden Katana and Golden Desert Falcon skins. This also grants access to premium Golden servers.

The Elver DLC adds a new map inspired by a variety of different countries in Eastern Europe. In this map players scavenge for resources to construct equipment such as horde beacons and gasmasks, allowing them to obtain high tier gear beyond looting a military base.

The map layout has separate areas dedicated for base building within a dense forest surrounding the only lootable location on the map; the city. Zombies remain a constant threat across the metropolis, and spell doom for the reckless survivor. Players must keep an eye out for any TVs with static, which mark the presence of hidden ranger crates containing unique weapons and items. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/07/2014, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (24 online)

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Creative, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Persistant World

Developer: Sdgnelson (@Sdgnelson)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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