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Play OverviewPlay Overview

PixArk (2019) is an adventure game similar to the more complex (and violent) game Ark: Survival Evolved. With a simpler interface and Minecraft=style block building, it's a survival game that never gets too scary while also inviting ambitious play and construction.

You wake on an island with 100 different dinosaurs, which can be killed for meat, tamed or ridden. Your task is to survive by mining resources, making artefacts, building shelters and defending yourself against enemy animals and other players.

Additionally, you can manipulate and adapt the world by removing or adding blocks similar to Minecraft. You explore the randomly generated environments (jungle, desert and caves) and take on unique quests that relate to your current biome. There are also daily quests to take on.

PixArk may seem like a strange mix to lovers of Ark or Minecraft, but the combination offers a great way to step into survival games for younger players not ready for higher stakes gameplay. The menus, visuals and interactions are more accessible and designed with these players in mind.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked PixArk 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to PixArk. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Collecting, Role-Play and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game. You can play split-screen. You can play this online in with survival or creative mode.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete. You can spend many more hours to see everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. Violence is a mixture of Minecraft meets Guncraft. Blocky players armed with fists, and sticks hit each other and wild-life with many blows which result in bright flashes and red blobs. Fantasy characters can be carved up into bits which eventually disappear. As the characters gain more resources their weaponry improves to pick axes, swords and even machine guns and rocket launchers. The better the weapons, the greater damage dealt and the more realistic the response.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players required the skill to navigation and resource gathering. It's less complex than the main Ark game, but you do need to work to survive (unless in creative mode). You need to be able to carefully decide how to progress your crafting and get the right materials. Being systematic about where you tunnel and mine is important. Older players will enjoy the complex base building and surviving the dangerous creatures.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


PixArk usually costs £30.99 to £44.99. 


Switch Store Switch £44.99
Steam StoreSALE PC £30.99 £7.74 until 20/07/2024


PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99


XBox Store Xbox X|S £33.49
XBox Store Xbox One £33.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/05/2019

Price: 75% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (8 online)

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Collecting, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Pixels

Developer: Snail Games USA (@SnailGamesUSA)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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