A Zombie Cliche
It does not take long after downloading Let’s Survive – Survival Game to realize that there is nothing new or unique here. The surge of apocalypse survival mobile games has glutted the Google Play and Apple Stores with options. Let’s Survive has nothing to make it better than the rest. In fact, it has many factors that make it worse. However, Treastone LTD manages to hold the game’s rating at a solid 4.0 with over 8,000 reviews. The question, of course, is how.
Let’s Survive is fairly formulaic. But let’s be honest, that’s why we play survival games: they are predictable without being boring. Mobile survival games give us quests that are rewarding, rewards that are free, and freedom to progress as we please. Survival game music is immersive and intense, graphics are gritty and familiar, interfaces are simple and intuitive; basically, they equate to fun. This is not a formula that Let’s Survive has mastered at all. This game actually made me rethink previous survival games I’ve played. I want to give other survival games better ratings because of Let’s Survive.
Death by Tutorial
Let’s Survive throws players right into the tutorial but does not leave the player to fend for themselves. In fact, it holds players’ hands a little too tightly for a little too long. At first, I thought it would help progress the story along, but it was just to prolong the game’s advertisements. Every “quest success” was succeeded by pop-up after pop-up with no relief. But that was not even the worst part.
The most frustrating aspect of Let’s Survive is the User Interface. Action options are not friendly and battle mode is spotty. Anybody with a case on their phone will get frustrated by the smaller than normal “exit window” buttons. To talk mechanics of the game, I am befuddled by the dialogue. Not because it is confusing, but because it is simply bad. Poor sentence structures will leave players struggling to decrypt mission objectives and conversations. Like all survival games, resources are abnormally ample, but inventory space resembles the inside of a shoebox. A benefit of Let’s Survive is that watching ads will unlock most extra inventory slots. So, just spend more time watching ads than actually playing the game. Let’s Survive even manages to ruin this beautiful moment by making leveling up expensive. Not in-game expensive, but real money expensive, and this is where the game lost me completely.
In short, Let’s Survive presents nothing new in the realm of survival games except new motivation to find a survival game worth a player’s actual time and effort. Give Let’s Survive a hard pass and leave it to be overrun by the mutants.
Is It Hardcore?
Is this Hard Core? Not unless a player’s idea of hard core is monotony.