Hurtworld is a multiplayer-focused sandbox survival simulator for COMPUTER, combining gameplay mechanics typical of the category with a several original PvP solutions. It is the first major production from Bankroll, an Australian developer studio established in 2012.
The plot was limited to important minimum, in accordance with the categories standards. The user hero finds himself in a vast desert plain and his task is to survive in this hostile environment.
The gameplay mechanics of Hurtworld bear a powerful resemblance to the highly-praised sandbox minigame, Rust. Depending on our preference, we may use either first- or third-person perspective. Our tasks boil down to exploration and gathering the resources, and another helpful materials, that will enable us to build a decent shelter and produce a myriad of helpful programs and weapons. The minigame puts emphasizes primarily the survival aspects, and the most important factor, crucial to survival under those extreme conditions, is satisfying the primary needs of our hero. The protagonist has to eat and drink regularly. Moreover, the character is also threatened by another dangers, such as fatigue, radiation, or changing weather (weak temperatures, sandstorms, etc.). The app is not devoid of combat, of course, for we will have to face not only hostile wildlife, but also another users eager to target the resources we have gathered.
What deserves a praise is the fact that the developers prepared few very diverse biomes — from snowy northern forests to tropical desert spaces. Moreover, the equipment that is invaluable in one of them can receive us killed in the another. Furthermore, the app features dynamically changing weather as well as a day and night cycle. We may also use cars to discover the earth and construct buildings.
Hurtworld was designed with both cooperative and competitive multiplayer in mind. Similarly to another productions in the category, we may either cooperate with another users in exploration, erecting different structures and combat or, alternatively, battle them. An especially noteworthy feature is the peculiar security system that evens out the possibilities for beginners and more seasoned gamers. The former begin in a relatively secure territory on the verge of the map, while the veterans stick to the middle, where there are bigger challenges to tackle and more valuable resources to search. Other notable thing is the penalty system — a user who has killed a huge number of another gamers will lose more equipment than beginners, who can even receive away without losing a thing.
Hurtworld for COMPUTER offers pleasant, although average in quality, graphics that do not deviate significantly from most another productions in the category.