Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play game developed by Epic Games. It had an early access release on major platforms in September 2017 and was ported to iOS, Nintendo, and Android in 2018.
Gameplay - 4/5
The gameplay involves 100 players being dropped on an island, setting off a rush to survive harsh elements and outplay other players to be the last player standing. It starts off as a mad dash of seeking building materials and better weapons. You also have to decide whether to engage and try to kill other players or to move away from crowded areas to avoid an early death in the game.
As the numbers rapidly decline, the chaotic madness recedes. Instead, tactics and cold strategy come into play. You always have to keep an eye out for your opponents while seeking better resources to aid to your survival.
A feature that improves gameplay is the spectator view. Upon an early death, you can see the ongoing game from other players’ perspectives, which can give the inexperienced insight into how to improve.
Graphics - 4/5
The graphics look great. Even with the smaller screen and having experienced the game on other platforms, the differences are not really distinct. The color scheme of the island background goes well with the cartoonish aesthetic of the game.
Replay Value - 4/5
The game has high replay value, which could be surprising as it’s a game where the overwhelming number of players will fail and die. However, this doesn’t bring you down as much as it would in other games; you realize that it’s very difficult to win. A quick death isn’t the end for the players as a quick dash to the menu will return the player to the game.
Controls - 4/5
The controls are pretty standard for a mobile shooter game. The space on the left side of the screen is used to move with autorun triggered by a double tap. The right side of the screen area is used to aim and fire weapons with a tap. At the bottom center of the screen is the space that you can use to access both inventory and build mode.
An on-screen indicator is used to help with sound, showing both the direction and strength of footsteps and shots being fired. This will prove useful as the game on the mobile platform lacks the finesse of directional sound.
There is room for improvement, especially with regards to aiming that can get difficult, but overall it’s a job well done.
While downloading the game may take some time, the whole experience will be worth it. Once you get over the drawbacks of touchscreen controls, every other aspect of the game will make you keep coming back for more. The developers are not resting on their laurels either with regular updates being released.
- Free to play
- Intuitive controls
- Great graphics
- Faithfully similar to the version on other platforms.
- Lacking sound quality
- Sometimes difficult to maneuver the controls.
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