On Stream:https://store.steampowered.com/app/593600/PixARK/

About This Game

Welcome to PixARK, a vast, wild world filled with vicious dinosaurs, magical creatures and endless adventure! To survive in this mysterious land, you must tame creatures both ferocious and cuddly, craft high tech and magical tools, and build your own base out of cubes.



With a robust character creator, an infinite number of voxel based maps and procedurally generated quests, your PixARK adventure will be completely unique. Team up with friends to form a tribe, or play on your own. Spend your time building a towering fortress or go on a quest in a sprawling cavern. Fly on the back of a dragon and smite your enemies with a magic wand, or ride a mighty T-Rex and blast your foes with a rocket launcher. In the world of PixARK, how you play is up to you – as long as you survive!

FEATURES

  • Over 100 creatures to tame, train and ride




  • Voxel block building system



  • Procedurally generated maps



  • Procedurally generated quests



  • Creative Mode, where you can build anything you can imagine



  • Extensive character creation tools, and character progression systems with skill trees and customizable stats

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer
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Spider

Posted: May 24
Let me start off by saying that calling this game version 1.0 is laughable. That’s being respectable about it. Absolutely do not buy this game. It is NOT ready to be full release, and if you are expecting a game similar to Ark chock full of content, and hours upon hours of game play, this isn’t it. I’m aware it was supposed to be a pixel version of Ark, which is fine, but to switch directions and add automation because of the success of Factorio/Satisfactory, is a slap in the face to anyone expecting anything of value from this title. I will once again say, absolutely do NOT buy this game. It wasn’t worth 24.99, and it certainly isn’t worth 39.99. This was a cash grab meant to profit off of the Ark IP further than already was done. If you want a game like this, just buy Ark. If you already own Ark, ignore this completely.

EDIT: This game was bought for, and tested by my 7 year old, who was bored to tears, started over repeatedly due to lack of content, and 90% of the time exited to just go play Ark. In other words, just go buy Ark.

EDIT: After reading the patch notes, they don’t even warrant a reinstall to play. Not worth the bandwidth or the money. I will chalk it up as a loss, and congratulate them on making 20 bucks off of me.

EDIT: Furthermore, look at the comments below to check out how great this community is. I talked bad about their precious "completed game" and my child gets called stupid. I was also banned from the forums for advocating against people buying this. To add to that, I was banned by the developer and not a moderator, if that gives you some insight as to the kind of people that run the show there.

SWAG Prediction

Posted: May 28
Early Access Review

You guys can see my Hours played I have had a lot of hope for this game and I have found many glitches and aloud them time to fix them however them wanting to release the game while there are still game breaking glitches is beyond me. Turrets still shoot through walls making some bases still unraidable and just ruins the game completely.

Do not buy this game if you like life, or until they finally fix these game breaking glitches or hell hire me to fix them lmao. do somthing.

Strizzler

Posted: March 31, 2018
Early Access Review

Alright, let’s just go ahead and get the comparisons out of the way. Most of you have played either ARK, or Minecraft, or possibly both. For those of you that haven’t, I’ll just go ahead and skip to you guys: It’s a decent ‘game’ and will serve you well in solo, co-op, or online shenanigans.

For those of you that have played ARK and Minecraft, here’s the nitty-gritty.

It’s ARK. Literally, it’s just a reskinned version of the game ARK. Same file structure, same settings, just blocky. So, with that being said, let’s go ahead and agree that the developers smashed two games together in an attempt to grab some cash with the "ARK" name. If you’re going to use elements from two games, at least take the good ones and leave out the bad ones, alright? It’s obvious what the developer is doing here, and the fact that it’s JUST good enough to warrant a purchase is really annoying. There’s so much missing here.

-Let us increase our ‘Speed’ stat, just like in ARK. Why did we lose that ability? Why are we slower than the speed of smell?
-For the love of all that is holy, implement MC’s ‘Shift’ function. Holding shift will keep you from falling off a ledge. Not in PixARK. Enjoy falling.
-Speaking of falling…the fall damage is insanely ridiculous. Just turn it down in the settings! Oh…wait…none of the server settings actually change anything.
-How come every creature in the game, except the ones that can create and maniupulate technology (read: humans), can climb up a single block without jumping? We have to jump to go up a single block. Good luck running from anything chasing you.
-Pistol is useless. I regret making my first one, just to have it overheat on me randomly. Turns out, firing 12 shots makes it overheat for about 30 seconds, rendering it unusable. Regardless of how quickly you shoot those 12 shots, it will overheat after the 12th shot.
-Give us a crosshair in first-person. If you’re going to let us terraform and manipulate blocks, let us know what the everloving hell we’re looking at. (And no, the default crosshair isn’t going to cut it. That thing is horrible, gaudy, and entirely too big for this game style).

That’s about as far as I’ve gotten in the game. If you attempt to play this game like you normally play ARK, you’re going to have a bad time. Do I recommend it? Yes. As a stand-alone game without any previous knowledge of what it’s trying to emulate, it is ‘worth’ it. As someone who has played, and enjoyed, both MC and ARK…this game needs quite a bit of polish. Let’s just hope they don’t release any (paid) DLC before the game is actually released. Oh wait…ARK already did that…

Review Edit: About the not being able to walk/run up 1-block heights – There is a setting in your DefaultGameUserSettings.ini called "PlayerMaxStepHeightOverride=50.0". If this value is changed to "100.0", players can walk up 1-block steps. This appears to be one of the only configuration tweaks that actually takes effect.

Additional Edit for developer defenders – https://www.reddit.com/r/playark/comments/5r2trt/wildcards_acquisition_by_snail_games_usa_what_we/

https://www.facebook.com/officialsnailgamesusa/posts/598179020371477

April 2nd Review Update: Map generation needs a serious overhaul. There is a physical border to your map. Unlike in ARK, where the game takes place on an island (a huge one, at that), where the map border is pretty much a moot point due to it being miles out into the ocean. In PixARK, the map border is a giant glowing force field that may or may not cut through biomes that may or may not actually generate. That’s right. The maps are not ‘infinite’ like in MC, nor is it a semi-well-thought algorithm for terrain generation. It will outright skip spawning needed biomes in map generation, forcing administrators and singleplayer folks to spin the "Wheel of Map Seeds" to find a decent habitable world.

Speaking of ‘Habitable’, weather needs a tweak. Currently, the game uses MC’s Biome system. Meaning: You can see a clear ‘line in the sand’ where one biome ends and another begins. This isn’t an issue in most voxel/block games…except for in PixARK (ArkCraft, as I’ve dubbed it), the weather will freaking KILL you. So you can step 2 feet to the right and the temperature goes from a nice 36 degrees Celcius….to -18 degrees Kelvin, a blizzard, and suddenly you’re starving and you have snot stalagtites hanging from your nose. A gradual biome/climate change would be wonderful (read: required).

If you feel comfortable chalking some of these issues up to it being in ‘Early Access’, just remember that it’s literally copy/pasting files from ARK…and most of them aren’t working.

HiFlyinLowlife

Posted: December 14, 2018
Early Access Review

This is hard. It’s one fo those situations where you have to choose between a negative sounding positive review or a positive sounding negative one. I chose the first option based on the devs recent outpour of real content.

for the TL:DR crowd – "Mixed bag of once nearly abandoned game surges back off life-support, earns cautious recommendation"

The bad –
*The Minecraft type system can lead to a lot of "First one to (random rare ore) gets it" (instead of somehow respawnable resources as in Ark, itself)
*Population dropped off (which leads to the next point..)
*Less players… Less Modders (If 1% of players are modders, 1% of 200 = 2 while 1% of 20,000 = 200)
*Random Map leads to a lot of resources taunting you behind "Big Baddies of Doom"

Neutral –
*Lag seems better, but less players to lag a server, so… indeterminable
*The Minecraft style building can be a blessing or a curse. (griefing via building over simple walls is a hard noob lesson to learn, Aerial "trash blocks" on the bad side.. building overpasses or underwater is completely possible on the good side)

Good –
*Mix of creatures with more on the way
*varied biomes with different dangers in each (natural, floral or fauna)

Snail Games dropped the ball on PixArk. They had the perfect blend of Minecraft-type game and Ark properties, and they, quite franky,♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥it away with a mismanaged product full of empty promises. Now that they’ve lost all but a small chunk of the player base, they’re back to deliver on the empty promises and "maybe" turn the corner.

If you are a perfectionist, don’t get this game now.
If you want a full-release product, don’t get this game now.
If you want a world full of other players, don’t get this game now.

If you’re okay with some bugs and sparsely populated servers with a team that appears to have ended their hibernation, Ok… YOU may get this game.

If you’re on the fence, wait for a sale or something.

Gibb

Posted: April 23, 2018
Early Access Review

You may be surprised to know that I am a blind gamer, while I am legally blind. I still retain enough sight, that through the use of magnifiers and other tools, I can stull enjoy many games like PixARK! The controls and vivid colours on screen make it even easier for someone like myself to really enjoy this game. But, if i had one suggestion. it would be to add an option to change the colour scheme and/or font size of the GUI. If there is already one, I could not find it. Due to the fact that the menu colour is white on light blue and has relatively small text, being able distinguish names of items and some stats difficult. Other that I think PixARK is a phenomenal project with endless re-playability. I cannot wait to see what is in store for this in the future!

SUCC

Posted: March 27, 2018
Early Access Review

Snail Games is the parent company of studio WildCard… and an extremely third rate developer. They’re behind a slew of no name unimpressive games, and more recently they’ve created such failures as Ark Park and Dark & Light. Sketchy developers, making sketchy products. Honestly one would be smart to stay farrrrrrrrrrrrrrr away from anything they touch. However… HOWEVER! Despite their terrible reputation, this game is honestly really fun to play! It runs very well and has a lot to do. It’s basically Ark: Survival Evolved, but adds it’s own flavor. It makes something getting pretty stale, fun again! Keep an eye on the devs though, they may cash in and abondon the project.

Vynlann

Posted: May 31
I bought this game shortly after it’s early access launch. I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty but I figured I’d try it. It was as I imagined, pretty low feature count and quite a few bugs. This is coming from over 2k hours in ark. I left it to sit, decided might be time to come back. I’ve watched and looked at every update they’ve brought. None have been actually impactful. Breeding isn’t what the game needed. Automation isn’t what the game needed.

The game needed purpose. It still doesn’t have it. It’s a pure sandbox game, very light on features. if you want a good sandbox voxel game, go play minecraft. Hell even portal knights is better. I would wager there are maybe a handful of people working on this game, probably enough to count on one hand. I would not recommend this game for any price. It’s simply not worth it, very shallow and it’s purely a cash grab. They’ve put in minimal effort to keep it alive and it stems from a few big issues

1) Unlike in Ark resource nodes do not respawn. They are blocks, and as you know blocks in these voxel style games are not intended to respawn. This creates a problem where you eventually run out of resources. This wouldn’t be a problem if the world was infinite like minecraft, but it’s not.

2) In ark you have the 3 "pylons" or "pillars" around the map. They exist here in pixark, but do nothing. They are just empty platforms. I assume they intended to have boss fights linked here somehow, but again, they do nothing. This should begin to represent a trend.

3) Dinosaurs feel very large for how small this world is. When you begin building your base if you decide to buy this, build big, bigger than you imagine. Parasaurs take up about 5-6 blocks long, and 3-4 blocks wide. That’s huge for how big your character is. This is a parasaur, imagine anything else.

4) Again with the updates, they put out small, meaningless updates. They had an update about a month ago dedicated to adding a soccer ball to the game. Ok…neat?


Tl;dr – Just don’t buy this. Go buy literally any other voxel game or if your pc can handle it go buy ark. This game will never be worth any kind of money until they actually start listening to their player base.

Lexi

Posted: May 31, 2018
Early Access Review

The balance in this game is utter trash. Level 10 raptor vs two level 50+ players in good armor = dead players? lol.

I’ll stick to normal ARK until the balance in this game is tended to. Let alone the very annoying bug where you get stuck in the sky upon logging in to a friend’s server. Orrr how setting up a legit server costs money. Yeah, no.

Call me salty, but this game’s starting to feel awful cash grabby. Needs fixing.

ciceqi

Posted: June 22, 2018
Early Access Review

I really wanted to like this game…I have over 1200 hours in Ark and have been playing Minecraft for years and years, and combining the two should have been amazing. Unfortunately I’m going to have to join the chourus saying the balance is a joke (i.e. strength determined entirely by species, not by level). And because the balance is a joke, I wasn’t tempted to rent a server to see if having better drops from the beacons would improve matters, because beacons are STILL not fixed in singleplayer, and renting a server would be the only way I could experience them. I keep going back to it to see if it’s gotten any better, and I just keep being disappointed. If they ever fix the balance issues, it’ll be a great game, but until then I’d suggest just waiting and checking back in now and then to see if anything’s improved.

Izeck

Posted: September 17, 2018
Early Access Review

Stay far away from this game. It has a lot of potential, but the development team has pretty much thrown it on the back burner. Updates are few and far between. And what updates do come are very small and add no content.

The game has been broken from very early in development and the team appears to have no intention of fixing it any time soon.

In fact, when asked about the state of the game, a dev himself said "Hopefully we will have more to share soon, but I can’t make any promises."

Save yourself the frustration. DO NOT BUY.

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