Underneath the creepy utopia and medically induced smiles of the people within We Happy Few, there lies a survival game. Like most survival games, two needs that must be addressed at all times while playing are Hunger and Thirst. These are combated with food and beverage (usually in the form of water). When you start a new game, you will be given a very limited supply of each (enough to get you through a single day, two if you’re extra stingy with yourself). That means you’ll have to head out into the open world and find some more for yourself unless you’ll die.
Fatigue will do nothing more than lower your stamina and make it much harder to run and fight if you let your sleep meter completely empty. Hunger and Thirst, on the other hand, will place you into a dying state. If you don’t find anything you will pass on your own or the very next hit you suffer will kill you. It doesn’t matter how full your health bar is, so make sure to keep a plentiful stock of snacks and water.
Finding Water is easy. You’ll start We Happy Few with a canteen full of the stuff. You can drink directly from it, filling up about half of your thirst meter, by finding it in your inventory and pressing “X” on the Xbox controller to use it. This Canteen is refillable at any of the water pumps scattered throughout the world. These are marked on the map as large blue drops of water. If you’re playing as Arthur (the first character you gain control of after the prologue), there will be a water pump directly across the entrance to the bunker. But don’t worry too much, it’s definitely not the only one, and they’re fairly common in the game’s world.
Food, on the other hand, isn’t always so readily available. Vegetables can be found in gardens, but are rotten more often than not. In fact, a lot of the food you’ll come across in the game is moldy, rancid, spoiled, or completely rotten. Beggars cannot be choosers, though, as Hunger is a lot more likely to kill you in We Happy Few than Thirst. Thankfully, there are pills in the game called Neximide Pills. These remove any food poisoning effects. If you have no choice, eat the bad food then quickly take one pill once you’re done to both satiate your appetite and keep yourself from keeling over from what you’ve just filled your belly with.
Common places to find food are on the bodies (either dead or unconscious) of NPCs, inside stove, campfires, fireplaces, and indoor containers. Containers seem to have the lowest chance of having food from what I’ve seen, but it’s worth searching all of them. Garbage cans tend to have some as well, but that’s just about always spoiled.
Another good source of food are mushrooms. These can be picked out in the world wherever you see them and eating about three will completely cure you of hunger. They’re not as common as one would expect, but they’re fresh and that’s definitely a good thing.
When you move onto the nicer parts of the island you’ll come across much better pickings. People here keep things fresh and healthy so you can worry a bit less about poising yourself (but if a desperate time arises, don’t hesitate). Savor every morsel you get your hands on, you never know when you’ll see some again.
In the same places you find food, you can find beverages other than water. Canned juices and alcohol are there if you need them, but water is your safest bet. Not all places have clean water though, so be sure to craft some filters once you unlock the recipe.
Keep your eyes open and you should keep a full belly with ease. Just remember, don’t be so picky.