If ARK: Survival Evolved and Minecraft had a baby this would be it. A delightful, open-world sandbox where you are driven by the will to survive, evolve and create.
The game is centred around a prehistoric world full of the majestic and magical where you must tame savage beasts to help you to survive. So in some respects it’s just like playing "Ark" on blocky Low Res. But in the best possible way.
The developer is Snail Games and they’ve really done an outstanding job of taking the complex inspirations of their hit “ARK: Survival Evolved” and applying them to a block style world. There are hundreds of materials to be collected and crafted as this is the core of the game and doing so lets you break the rules set by its parent title by smashing your way out of trouble and eventually building up your character and the world so that you are almost God like. Baby steps though, you’ll need to start with little more than a pickaxe to help you survive harsh conditions, hunger, health, and stamina.
The menu system can be a slow process that seems more built for fast paced mouse movements on PC rather than a console system, this becomes very noticeable when you are levelling up. I was also confused by which section of the menu I was in and what I was doing in regards to equipping clothing or exiting with the press of the wrong button.
I’d highly recommend doing the tutorials when they pop up, My adult brain took a while to get around the control system having not spend much time in the Minecraft or even Roblox worlds. But like any game if you put a bit of time into it you discover the inner workings and then in one instant it all makes sense and you are on your way. It would also help if you’ve got a kid to show you the ropes for some reason they just adapt so quickly to it.
Multiplayer is a great way to enjoy the game, joining up with friends to form “tribes” and you can choose to live in peace or all out war. This is also a great way to learn the game, jump into some other servers and you’ll see how some very clever people are using the tools available to create some truly creative vibrant worlds.
If you were a fan of Minecraft or ARK: Survival Evolved this will be a perfect game for you. It appeals to players with giant imaginations who just want to create in an open world sandbox. For me it was all about strapping a saddle to a blocky dinosaur and riding it around looking at the fantastic work of other players in various environments.
The real trick with the game though is in the theme. Much like the universe that PixARK inhabits the game itself is forever in a constant state of evolution. The updates that the team deliver all help the game to become a better version of itself. Even in the process of writing this review I saw multiple tweaks that showed the developers were paying close attention to the community and ready and willing to change and adapt to serve.
This game was reviewed on a Nintendo Switch, but is also available on PS4 & Xbox)
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