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ARK: Survival Evolved

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As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!
Dinosaurs, Creatures, & Breeding! -- over 100+ creatures can be tamed using a challenging capture-&-affinity process, involving weakening a feral creature to knock it unconscious, and then nursing it back to health with appropriate food. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your tames, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Tames, which can continue to level-up and consume food, can also carry Inventory and Equipment such as Armor, carry prey back to your settlement depending on their strength, and larger tames can be ridden and directly controlled! Fly a Pterodactyl over the snow-capped mountains, lift allies over enemy walls, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, tromp through an enemy base along a gigantic brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex! Take part in a dynamic ecosystem life-cycle with its own predator & prey hierarchies, where you are just one creature among many species struggling for dominance and survival. Tames can also be mated with the opposite gender, to selectively breed successive generations using a trait system based on recombinant genetic inheritance. This process includes both egg-based incubation and mammalian gestation lifecycles! Or put more simply, raise babies!
You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern. All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!
By chopping down forests full of trees and mining metal and other precious resources, you can craft the parts to build massive multi-leveled structures composed of complex snap-linked parts, including ramps, beams, pillars, windows, doors, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes, faucets, generators, wires and all manner of electrical devices, and ladders among many other types. Structures have a load system to fall apart if enough support has been destroyed, so reinforcing your buildings is important. All structures and items can be painted to customize the look of your home, as well as placing dynamically per-pixel paintable signs, textual billboards, and other decorative objects. Shelter reduces the extremes of weather and provides security for yourself and your stash! Weapons, clothing & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.
Pick seeds from the wild vegetation around you, plant them in plots that you lay down, water them and nurture them with fertilizer (everything poops after consuming calories, which can then be composted, and some fertilizer is better than others). Tend to your crops and they will grow to produce delicious and rare fruits, which can also be used to cook a plethora of logical recipes and make useful tonics! Explore to find the rarest of plant seeds that have the most powerful properties! Vegetarians & vegans can flourish, and it will be possible to master and conquer the ARK in a non-violent manner!
By bringing sufficient rare sacrificial items to special Summon locations, you can capture the attention of the one of the ARK’s god-like mythical creatures, who will arrive for battle. These gargantuan monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced groups of players and their armies of tames, and will yield extremely valuable progression items if they are defeated.
Create a Tribe and add your friends to it, and all your tames can be commanded by and allied to anyone in your Tribe. Your Tribe will also be able to respawn at any of your home spawn points. Promote members to Tribe Admins to reduce the burden of management. Distribute key items and pass-codes to provide access your shared village!
All items are crafted from Blueprints that have variable statistics and qualities, and require corresponding resources. More remote and harsh locales across the ARK tend to have better resources, including the tallest mountains, darkest caves, and depths of the ocean! Level-Up your player character by gaining experience through performance actions, Level-Up your tames, and learn new "Engrams" to be able to craft Items from memory without the use of blueprints, even if you die! Customize the underlying physical look of your character with hair, eye, and skin tones, along with an array of body proportion modifiers. As you explore the vast ARK, you'll find clues left by other Survivors who have made the ARK their home in ages past, in the form of collectible detailed 3D "Explorer Notes". By uncovering all of these, you can begin to piece together the true nature of the ARK, and discover its purpose!
Everything you craft has durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have tames to guard your stash. Death is permanent, and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood to for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous tames!
The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment, composed of many natural and unnatural structures, above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully exploring its secrets, you’ll find the most exotic procedurally randomized creatures and rare blueprints. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the creatures and backstory of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS coordinates to aid exploring with other players, whom you can communicate with via proximity text & voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet.. how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the ARK? A definitive end-game is planned.
On the 100+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your tames, stay in-game even when you leave. You can even physically travel your character and items between the network of ARK's by accessing the Obelisks and uploading (or downloading) your data from the Steam Economy! A galaxy of ARKs, each slightly different than the previous, to leave your mark on and conquer, one at a time -- special official ARKs will be unveiled on the World-map for limited times in singular themed events with corresponding limited-run items! Furthermore, you can now design or randomize your own unique 'Procedurally Generated ARKs', for infinite replayability and endless surprises.
You can play single-player local games, and bring your character and items between unofficial player-hosted servers, back and forth from singleplayer to multiplayer. Mod the game, with full Steam Workshop support and customized Unreal Engine 4 editor. See how we built our ARK using our maps and assets as an example. Host your own server and configure your ARK precisely to your liking. We want to see what you create!
The over-the-top hyper real imagery of the ARK its creatures is brought to expressive life using a highly-customized Unreal Engine 4, with fully dynamic lighting & global illumination, weather systems (rain, fog, snow, etc) & true-to-life volumetric cloud simulation, and the latest in advanced DirectX11 and DirectX12 rendering techniques. Music by award-winning composer of "Ori and the Blind Forest", Gareth Coker!

Release date
Efecto Studios
Instinct Games
Studio Wildcard
Virtual Basement LLC
Snail Games USA, Studio Wildcard, Wildcard Properties LLC
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu Equivalent Distro
  • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
  • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
  • Storage: 20000 MB available space

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
  • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
  • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
  • Storage: 20000 MB available space
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ARK: Survival Evolved reviews and comments

Great game with friends, I wouldn't recommend playing it without them though... The community of the game is usually pretty nice (besides the like 10% that are really toxic) most people will be willing to make a tribe with you and build up, but I definitely wouldn't trust everyone. I have just above 12 days on the game and I've enjoyed most of it. The one problem I have with the game is that there are so many glitches, like plz WildCard stop making mediocre DLC and fix some of the god damn bugs!!!
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Microsoft from Deutsch
The game is well implemented but there are some bugs and sometimes you get kicked out or the game stops. Besides, I do not like it so much that I get an item for advertising. I wonder why one does not install AirDrops (beacons) instead of advertising. The beacons are a very good way to get thing and that's just not less, instead of advertising you get Eg 10 Cooked meat and in a Weienbeacon you get for example 2 Thatchroofs and a pickaxe. There is also a lot of PVP, if two players want to have a redbeacon they fight for the beacon and also a yellow or blueeacon. I know you've got something in the new update but it would be better if there are beacons. I hope you agree.
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Microsoft from Italian
The game continues to crash after 20 days from the last patch. DEV applied two useless patches to fix but the results are worse! Now u cant watch ADS! you will crash too! To play you need iPad PRO 2017+ otherwise after first levels you can do nothing. They say they put two pacth to solve what is written below. FALSE! the crash problem every 8 seconds persists !!! DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT. Don't waste it 8 months of bug! Never corrected. ... they only think about introducing new mediocre content and not solving critical problems like a month of farming thrown away for a server glitch ... bad! They continue to insert pathetic patches and to SCARE !!! The game after the last update crashes every 15 seconds! And not only my experience, read the posts of these days in the forums! REPEAT READ THE DEDICATED FORUMS IF YOU THINK I AM FAIR. Who puts 5 stars plays for a month and does not know what to expect when at high levels. AVOID. 5 February 2019.
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Honestly, it sometimes took a high-end pc to get it up and running, but surprisingly, it did a good job on the phone. I never played or followed ark on the pc, and yet I got along quite well. I play it on the iPhone 8 and sometimes there are a few fps burglaries (at least it was so offline), which varied from a bit to lasting break-in. Maybe it's just a bug, because everyone else says it's fluid. It does, but there are still strong fps burglaries. In my opinion, the graphics do not look very good in my opinion. Know better mobile games that run rounder and nicer. Currently it supports only English (and believe so little German). Those who do not speak English and do not know ark, or have never dealt with it, may be a bit frustrated. The game is partly merciless. By and large, the game has been super implemented. Now it just has to be sanded well, so that it also creates something valuable. I will not play it for the moment, but I still look at the progress of the development.
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