NetEase Games released Rules of Survival in 2017, a very similar game to PUBG and Fortnite, but for Mobile. Spoiler alert, Rules of Survival is not good. Rules of Survival is a 3D third-person shooter battle royale genre game where you get dropped along with another 120 unarmed human players into an empty island. This brings about some problems, like your internet connection in your phone and phone of the other 119 players. Lag becomes inevitable for a game type that requires a stable connection.

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Rules of Survival Gameplay

Initially, you will have to strategically air-drop to good locations within the island, quickly scavenge for weapons, resources, and other vehicles to survive and move to the designated spots faster. As the game progresses and the number of players decreases, the map gets increasingly smaller bringing the game to a foreseeable end leaving one person or a team of two or four victorious.

The game formula for Rules of Survival sounds fantastic as it has been for PUBG, yet problems arise. First released in China, translations for this game are mediocre at best, setting a terrible starting point for the game. On the other hand, the control interface for a touchscreen in any shooter will never bring the same accuracy and sensitivity to aiming, moving or any attempting to do multiple commands simultaneously. Ultimately it feels slothful and awkward. However, aim assist does help in this regard.

For many phones, having both of your thumbs on a small screen will inevitably impair your much-needed wide-vision for a survival game or lead to mistakenly pressing the wrong buttons. Other than that, the game controls are quite intuitive to learn at the beginning.

This control system for Rules of Survival combined with a huge map cause many players to just wander around hoping not to get killed, as they despair to control the game properly especially in a huge map. I found myself many games just wondering around from town to town without seeing a single soul and when I did it wasn’t particularly exciting itself, rather just finding someone. A game where you have to be constantly moving around for most of the game, it becomes very uncomfortable and tedious to play more than 1 game.

On the other hand, it is important to note that Rules of Survival is free-to-play and also not a pay-to-win game, so bravo! This allows the player to truly enjoy the game without being chocked into paying. In-app purchases only contain skins, looks, and clothes to customize your character.

Rules of Survival Graphics

Considering the graphics must be downgraded into a phone, the graphics are playable. Any more and my phone would end up over-heating more than it already does. Paper pixelated trees and limited detail constitute most of the entire environment for Rules of Survival. Other than that, the main menu’s graphics prove to be of much quality with the classic bright cartoon style proper of many mobile games.

Rules of Survival - Slothful and Awkward Game Controls
Verdict: Overall, the limited playable graphics, slothful and awkward game controls for a shooter game along with the extensive lag and overheating phone cuts down these types of games as they should only be intended for PC. Rules of Survival is not the exception to this rule. Nonetheless, it is worth a couple of games for being non-pay-to-win and free-to-play and overall this game does the job if you miss a good shootout yet can’t play on PC.
  • Interesting and themed soundtrack in the main menu.
  • Free-to-play and not pay-to-win. This game won’t cost you anything to try it out.
  • Fun to play for the first few games.
  • The phone controls combined with a huge map multiplayer shooter game makes it feel awkward, slothful, and inaccurate.
  • Overheating phone combined with long travel distances not seeing anyone make it very uncomfortable and tedious for the player.
  • Lag and mediocre graphics certainly does not help this game either.
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