Update June 15, 2018: ARK: Survival Evolved lets you play out your own dino-adventure right on your smartphone! Can you survive long enough to tame these prehistoric beasts?
ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved is a vast game set in the Jurassic era that has you playing as a primitive human trying to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world filled with deadly dinosaurs and, if you venture into the online mode, other players for which you can team up or battle against.
The game was originally released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One last August and has just launched for Android and iOS this week. The game is a full port of the original game with optimization for mobile that includes a touchscreen interface and a free-to-play model that lets you play the game for free with ads, or Primal Pass subscriptions (available for $9.99 on a monthly basis or $34.99 for a yearly subscription) that removes all ads, give you a permanent 2x XP boost, and other perks such as access to the best servers along with special updates and perks in the future.
The game boasts a robust world full of prehistoric vegetation and fauna to interact with. The early game is all about foraging for food and supplies and crafting items and tools necessary for survival. There’s a single player mode which has you fending for yourself in a world filled with over 80 different dinosaurs and an expansive map to explore, while the online mode lets you play with up to 50 other players in a massive server where you can join up with a Tribe to share resources and spawn points as you try and tame your own dinosaurs and dominate your opponents.
— Marc L Lagace (@spacelagace) June 14, 2018
If you’ve never played ARK — or other survival-type games before — prepare to struggle early as you work your way through the opening tutorials of how the crafting system works. If you stray too far into a dangerous area, you’re bound to get mauled to death by a carnivore; swim into too deep of waters and a Megapirahna will take a bite out of you; forget to eat berries and you’ll die of starvation. Isn’t survival fun?
In terms of the hardware requirements, the game takes up nearly 2GB of storage and needs a phone with at least 3GB of RAM to run properly. Based on Google Play Store reviews, people have gotten the game to play well enough on a Samsung Galaxy S6 which would just meet the necessary specs. The game defaults to run on "High" video settings, so if you’re noticing sluggish frame rate you’re best off slipping into the settings and turning that down to "Medium" or "Low". The "Epic" graphics setting proved to be too much for the Razer Phone — your experience may vary.
It’s a bit early to tell whether ARK is poised to be a hit on mobile — it garnered mixed reviews on PC and console and feels a bit clunky and unfair when you’re first starting out — but it’s free-to-play for mobile so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’ve got the time.
June 15, 2018 at 05:02AM