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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 17 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.
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 RatingYou don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
Release Date: 31/05/2019
Price: 75% off
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Players: 1-2 (8 online)
Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Pixels