Stranded Deep: 8 gameplay tips to help you thrive in the PS4 survival sim

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Stranded Deep: 8 gameplay tips to help you thrive in the PS4 survival sim

Beam Team Games shares advice on making the best of your time while stuck on the danger-filled tropical island

In the aftermath of a mysterious plane crash, you are Stranded Deep in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Alone and without any means to call for help, you must do what you can to survive…
So what can you do? Here are 8 tips and tricks to help you not only survive, but thrive!

1. Don’t lose your raft!

You may be tempted to jump right into that crystal clear water and make your way to shore–don’t. If you do, there’s a good chance your raft will float off into the sunset along with all your precious emergency food rations. Instead, paddle your way to shore and use the dragging feature to bring it onto dry land.
The dragging feature can be used on any interactive item or object and is a great way to carry around a large object, flip your raft, or organise materials.
It’s also important not to lose your paddle so be sure to attach it back onto the raft when you’re Done.
Stranded Deep on PS4

2. Check more than the time.

Health, Hunger, Thirst, and sunstroke; manage and monitor these vitals through an interactive survival watch. Cure poisons, heal broken bones, and bandage bleeding to stay alive. Your survival watch is your best friend and regularly checking it will ensure you stay on top. Ignore it–you die!
Stranded Deep on PS4

3. Avoid being poisoned

Speaking of best friends–these are not! The ‘Crown of Thorns’ Starfish, Snakes, and Lionfish, will absolutely wreck your week and could cost you your life…
Starting out it is vital to avoid any interaction with these creatures. If you do get poisoned try to ride it out by keeping your thirst and hunger up, or at later levels craft an Antidote.
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4. Water is life

Ironically, water is hard to come by in the Pacific Ocean; Drinking salt water from the ocean is worse than not drinking at all, so you will need to find a way to obtain fresh drinking water…
Make it your life goal to craft a Water Still. It works by using the sun’s heat to evaporate the condensation from leaves and into a small flask. Not many survivors know this, but you can use Palm Fronds instead of Fibrous Leaves to fill it up. Fibrous Leaves are very important to save to make Lashings–so instead use Palm Fronds when starting out.
Another quick way to get water is by drinking Coconuts. But be warned: drinking too many will cause you to lose more water from your body than you put in, if you know what I mean….
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5. Save, save, save

Chances are, you’re going to die–a lot! Make it a frequent habit to save at any Shelter or Bed. That way if you do die and you’re not on the ‘Permadeath’ difficulty you can resume right where you left off.
If by now you’ve followed the tutorial correctly then you should already have a pretty basic looking campsite. ” Is this all there is to life now? ” you wonder. Far from it! Read on to see what else Stranded Deep has to offer…
Stranded Deep on PS4

6. Explore, scavenge, loot

As you look on at the beautiful sunset sinking into the horizon while drinking your 47th coconut, you may notice other larger islands, shipwrecks, shelters, and mysterious structures. Build up
the courage to explore these procedurally generated environments! Your starting yellow dingy will do the job, albeit slowly, so work on construction a real raft with a sail, and rudder, or even a boat motor if you can find all the parts!
Looting shipwrecks is an excellent way to quickly progress. But watch out for sharks, and be careful not to drown.
Stranded Deep on PS4

7. Build a home away from home

Have you found the perfect island to set up a base? Gather resources and construct your very own home from the dozens of building materials and pieces. You can even decorate your own home with the objects you find, crafted furniture, animals, containers, and even trophies.
Stranded Deep on PS4

8. Dominate

If setting down roots and ruling the Pacific just isn’t for you then take on the ‘End Game’. Discover the means to escape the Pacific by completing a set of objectives which include taking on 3 epic creatures that rule the waters!
Compare your escape time with your friends through the interactive leaderboards, or become the perfect survivor by unlocking all the games trophies & achievements.

Stranded Deep offers a unique gaming experience that for some, may find an initial challenge that results in many deaths. We recommend getting familiar with the controls and interactions. If you are still finding it too difficult then try adjusting the difficulty settings and remember to frequently save your game at any shelter or bed.
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  • Lol these aren’t tips. These are glaringly obvious things that are clear from the first hour of playing the game. I quickly got bored of worrying about my thirst level every 20 minutes. I don’t feel like having to stop what I’m doing every 20 minutes and rush to find something to drink. I’m sure EVENTUALLY you can craft something that hold more water. But for the first few days you’re just constantly thirsty, and just becomes an annoying chore that takes you away from the fun of exploring. But yeah, I thought this article would have interesting tip, but it doesn’t, these are all just common sense things that 90% of players don’t need to be told.

  • I dunno if it’s me but I cant seem to find the invert y axis choice in the menus.

    I know it was only 20 dollars but it seems to me that THAT is a no brainer unless I’m not looking properly.

    Pretty much breaks the game for me.

    Does anyone know if they give refunds thru the PS Store???

  • I’ve sent an email to developers about no inverted controls option. No reply. It makes this game not playable for me. I can’t enjoy it at all when all controls are vice versa. Sony will not refund. And… Sony. Please please please next time find a way to give a visible warning that the game is not suitable for those players who uses inverted controls. I’m sorry but I can’t rebuild my brain and reverse it for 25 years back (when I probably started playing with reversed controls)

    At the moment – money thrown away. Is it so hard to implement inverted controls?

    Maybe it’s possible to implement through PS software somehow?

    I’ve been really looking forward to play this game. But I can’t…

    • THANK YOU for posting this. I know it doesn’t help you, but I was about to buy this game, but I’m also an inverted-axis gamer, and not having this option is a COMPLETE deal breaker for me.

      I hope you manage to get a further response regarding a refund (even if it’s only a partial refund).

      I know that those of us who play inverted are in the minority, but it honestly makes a game unplayable if the option isn’t there.

  • Are you kidding me? After reload the Game, my raft disappeared with all my stuff? After 30 hours of play? Are you kidding me?

    • Geez, that really does suck, sorry to hear that that can happen. The game is way buggy, that’s for sure.

  • I dig the game, however, it needs an update that will deal with all the bugs. For instance, trying to build a raft, the snap tool half the times doesn’t work. I’m at my third start of the game because the second attempt to make a raft, after having it started over open water, it was still impossible to attach or even rotate an anchor, sail, or rudder. And that meat smoker, it works for a while with a full campfire, but then suddenly stops working at all. Strange stuff. This game had already released quite a while ago on the PC, the developer should have this stuff fixed by now for the PS4 release. Today’s industry sure is a lot different than it used to be, that’s for sure.

    • The smoker glitch has been giving me hell for days. I thought I was just not doing it right, but after much googling determined it’s definitely not user error.

  • Why are there no chest-shelves in the Playstation version?

  • Hi! I can’t find this game at russian PS Store. Is there any chance to buy this game there in the near future? Thanks

  • Seriously im so [DELETED]! I save at day 106 and i die! Try to reload my save when it say 106 days and it reload at 36! [DELETED] ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

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