I don’t know about you, but this whole Survival–style gaming experience seems to really interest me. Whether that’s due to an attachment towards my character and a desire to see them live, or the sheer amount of time and energy that are required to progress in this game format, either way, it really gets me hook, line, and sinker.
Much like we are seeing with the Battle Royale genre, there are almost too many developers creating what seem to be “Cut-and-Past” projects consisting of all the same aspects and simply changing the artwork used to create the environment we play within.
I often wonder why these Indie teams insist on recreating the same stuff over and over hoping to achieve success. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
That might seem a little grinchy ( oh snap, he made a Christmas joke) but it is simply a fact. That’s why it’s important, at least from this gamer’s opinion, that there’s enough content being added to give the player something new.
One way this can be achieved is evident in Last Pirate: Island Survival. Even though this whole Island Survival theme has been done before, by simply making you a Pirate and creating a bit of a love story this game takes on a new approach to the overused genre.
It may seem like a superficial difference to use as a prime example, and maybe it’s just me but that minor difference was enough to convince me to keep playing through the unreleased title.
Another aspect that I strongly believe kept me playing, is the quick start to your adventure. Most games will have some sort of introduction, backstory or even a small gameplay tutorial in the beginning, Last Pirate goes in the other direction by making the player hit the ground running, in some cases quite literally.
We don’t have to bother spending a few minutes going over the basic controls which, let’s face it, are all pretty obvious by this point if you have ever played any game on mobile, ever. Instead, you start the game standing on a beach and immediately get to work.
The App Store description of Last Pirate gives you a pretty good idea of the general story and what you have to do, but mostly it is one of those projects that requires you to figure things out for yourself. Whether it will remain this way is debatable, RetroStyle Games could decide to include a bit more information before the final release.
I for one don’t mind being left alone to get on with the game, and not be distracted or slowed down by the usual ” The left button is for movement, The Green bar is your Health”. You know what I am talking about.
Welcome to the most advanced free Pirate Survival simulator!
Your ship was wrecked. Crew members fall out and get lost. Your love is in danger and starving.
Set fire. Clean your sword from rust. Build shelter and craft barricades. Protect yourself from dead zombie and skeletons. Hunt for animals.
Evolve as pirate and search for hidden treasures on vast island.
Night comes – be careful. Evil loves that time and will hunt for you!
This free game is currently in Beta.
But we did our best to optimize it for fast performance
While keeping probably the best Graphics available on the mobile.
When the game begins, you are standing alone on the beach. There are remnants of a shipwreck scattered along the sand with a larger section grabbing your attention. This part of the wreckage will soon become your first shelter, and home.
On the top left of the screen there are a few guages that you need to keep a careful eye on.
The usual Health Bar is seen with the standard Green (shock horror) but more importantly you’ll notice a gauge for your Hunger and Hydration.
Both of these bars are gradually decreasing as tim goes on, and speed up when you take certain actions like harvesting materials or hunting. This is a nice touch as it makes the whole scence feel like you are not only trying to survive the countless wild animals, zombies and skeletons, you are also fighting against time to make sure you get the nourishment you need before your health is affected.
Also found in various spots, scattered around the Island, are barrels, crates, and other piles to rifle through for resources. These loot spots can yeild very little, or quite a lot, and there’s no way to tell what you will be getting. Luckily they aren’t hard to come by, plus you have more than enough trees, stones, and fur pelts to grab everywhere you go.
At any point during the game you can choose to Craft new items to use. The list of items you can craft range from new axes, knives, bows, spears, and various other weapons, to torches, containers and crates to store excess food and materials.
While exploring the island you’ll encounter chickens, boars, and bears just to name a few, each of these animals will provide you with meat, fat, bone, and/or pelts, but keep in mind some of these animals won’t go down without a fight. In the gameplay clip below you can see a demonstration of a fight against an angry bear. I do not advise jumping into a situation like I found myself in with little weapon health left, that’s right, weapon health.
As you use crafted items they suffer some wear and tear until eventually they break and cannot be used.
I may have only scratched the surface of what the island has to offer so forgive me if there are some key points of interest that I didn’t mention. There will certainly be more exploring for this guy, and hopefully as the game creeps closer to the final release date we will see even more features thrown in.
Let’s touch very briefly on the visual side of Last Pirate: Island Survival. For a mobile game that is still under development, the graphics are more than acceptable, especially when we take into consideration that RetroStyle Gaming is not working with the large budget and large team. So, in this regard Last Pirate has shown a lot of promise. I will be watching them closely and wish them luck with this project, hopefully it will lead into even larger, more refined mobile games.
Well folks, that’s the first review for my series 14 Days Of Holiday Gaming – stay tuned and tomorrow I will be checking out another unreleased, under-development game from this beautiful New South Wales’ coastal town with very little internet coverage.
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