Survival Game Development Academy

Since the launch of Minecraft, survival games have become one of the hottest genres in the industry. Not only have both single-player and multiplayer projects seen massive success, but it’s a genre that has found vast popularity on PC, consoles, and mobile. With numerous opportunities for indie and professional game developers alike, learning the core mechanics of survival games will pave the road to success for any developer!

In Survival Game Development Academy, you’ll explore this popular genre with Unity and build a fully functional survival game over the duration of several courses. You’ll learn core mechanics found in many games of this genre including player needs, item crafting, base building, combat, and more – all with systems that can easily be expanded and adapted to your own projects. By the end, you’ll not only possess a portfolio-worthy piece to impress potential employers, but also have the skills necessary to build your own survival games with robust features to entice your players.


You will master:

  • Hunger, thirst, health, and sleep needs
  • Day-night cycles
  • Item and inventory systems
  • Crafting mechanics
  • Base building
  • Combat and Enemy AI
  • Game Saving


Build Survival Games

Create a portfolio of survival game projects, including:



Level 1 Survival Game Development Academy Curriculum Overview

  • Unity editor basics
  • C# coding
  • Building your first games

Level 2 Survival Game Development Academy Curriculum Overview

  • Player movement
  • Needs system
  • Environment setup
  • Day-night cycle

Level 3 Survival Game Development Academy Curriculum Overview

  • Items and inventories
  • Equipping tools
  • Resource gathering mechanics
  • Crafting system

Level 4 Survival Game Development Academy Curriculum Overview

  • Building recipes
  • Placing structures
  • Interacting with base items

Level 5 Survival Game Development Academy Curriculum Overview

  • AI state machines
  • NPC animations
  • Combat
  • Post-processing effects

Level 6 Survival Game Development Academy Curriculum Overview

  • Creating save data
  • Saving the game
  • Loading the game
  • Save system menu


100% Beginner-Friendly

This curriculum gives you all the tools needed to start building survival games – featuring introductory modules for those who have never coded before, to intermediate courses perfect for more experienced developers looking to branch out into new specializations, Survival Game Development Academy is designed to help you succeed.


Courses by Unity Certified Experts

Our course instructors aren’t just fun to learn from – they’re also serious gamers, qualified coders, and have been formally certified by Unity Technologies and CompTIA for their excellent programming and teaching skills. That way, you can be confident that you’re developing strong, modern skills that will set you up for success as a game developer.

As a Unity Authorized Learning Partner, our courses are confirmed as being of the highest quality, and as being relevant in today’s industry.



Why Create Survival Games?

As part of the action games genre, survival games are both one of the most preferred genres by players, as well as one of the best-selling genres. With an increasing games market worldwide, survival games stand to become even more popular, and present developers with tons of new opportunities for game development. Plus, by learning to develop these games with Unity, developers will benefit from connecting with one of the most successful and widely used game engines in the industry.

Bar chart showcasing percentage of total game sales by genre with Action at the top.

Factoids pertaining to Minecraft and Valheim, two successful survival games

Various facts about the Unity engine

Bar chart show player preferred game genres with 41% of players preferring action

Line chart showing the forecast for the mobile games market


Learn with project-based courses that are designed to be flexible – access them 24/7, fit them around your schedule, and choose the learning materials that suit you best.

With an online platform optimized for all modern devices, you can even learn on the go!

✅ Watch video lessons

✅ Read text summaries

✅ Explore interactive lessons

✅ Practice with source code

✅ Build real projects

✅ Earn completion certificates


Our community of 1,000,000+ learners and developers have used the skills learned with us to publish their own games and websites, land their dream jobs, and even start their own businesses – and you have the potential to do the same!

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The Unity courses at Zenva helped me achieve a level of comfort with game development that I didn’t think was possible. They give you the confidence to expand your skills, and were so easy to understand.

This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience.

Why should I learn programming?

We’re living in the age of technology. In every industry, demand for developers is high and continues to rise, yet there’s a shortage of skilled developers. As a result, there’s a huge number of exciting opportunities out there for developers who want to take them.

By mastering the skills taught in these courses, you’ll prepare yourself for roles in a wide range of industries. Whether you want to work in a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you’ll learn in-demand knowledge and techniques that will help you to succeed.

What will I achieve by taking these courses?

You’ll not only learn the most in-demand modern languages, frameworks, and tools, but also how to apply them to your own projects and real-world situations.

Additionally, as our courses are primarily project-based, as you learn you’ll develop a rock-solid professional portfolio that can be used to impress potential employers.

Technology changes quickly. What happens if the content becomes outdated?

We’re committed to providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant content. If one of our courses becomes outdated due to modern practices, we’ll update it. Often, we’ll even remake it entirely using the latest versions of the languages, tools and frameworks.

We’re committed to keeping up with cutting-edge developments in the industry, and turn this knowledge into new courses, which we publish every month.

I’m an absolute beginner who’s never coded before. Can I still do these courses?

Yes, you can! We have entry-level courses on all key topics, and each of our curriculums feature guided learning paths that show you what courses are needed to reach your goals.

Additionally, if you need a little extra help, we have expert mentors on hand to answer any course-related questions that you might have.

What time commitment is needed?

We get that you’re busy, and so we’ve designed our courses to be completely flexible, so you can learn at your own pace and fit your courses around your schedule.

While we recommend that you put in at least a few hours a week (the more hours put in, the more you’ll get out!) there are no time limits or deadlines that you need to worry about.

Will these courses help me to change my career?

Many of our students have been able to successfully change their careers, land their dream job, get promoted, and even start their own businesses… and you have the potential to do the same!

You can also combine your existing skills with your new tech skills, and expand your career, rather than changing it completely.

Our courses have been designed to teach you highly transferable skills, and leave you with strong projects that can be added to your professional portfolio – whatever you want to do, we’ll help to get you there!

Can I watch the videos offline?

All courses on Zenva Academy can be accessed both on our online learning platform, and via the Zenva app (available for iOS and Android). The Zenva app features both online and offline access, so you can securely download your courses and complete them at your leisure.

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