developer: Bankroll Studios
publisher: Bankroll Studios
Game mode: multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Hurtworld is a multiplayer-focused sandbox survival simulator for PC, combining gameplay mechanics typical of the genre with a few original PvP solutions. It is the first major production from Bankroll, an Australian developer studio established in 2012.
The plot was limited to necessary minimum, in accordance with the genre’s standards. The player character finds himself in a vast desert plain and his task is to survive in this hostile environment.
The gameplay mechanics of Hurtworld bear a strong resemblance to the highly-praised sandbox game, 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 other useful materials, that will enable us to build a decent shelter and produce a myriad of useful tools and weapons. The game puts emphasizes primarily the survival aspects, and the most important factor, crucial to survival under those extreme conditions, is satisfying the basic needs of our character. The protagonist has to eat and drink regularly. Moreover, the hero is also threatened by other dangers, such as fatigue, radiation, or changing weather (low temperatures, sandstorms, etc.). The game is not devoid of combat, of course, for we will have to face not only hostile wildlife, but also other players eager to target the resources we have gathered.
What deserves a praise is the fact that the developers prepared several very diverse biomes — from snowy northern forests to tropical desert areas. Moreover, the equipment that is invaluable in one of them can get us killed in the other. Furthermore, the game features dynamically changing weather as well as a day and night cycle. We may also use vehicles to explore the world and construct buildings.
Hurtworld was designed with both cooperative and competitive multiplayer in mind. Similarly to other productions in the genre, we may either cooperate with other players in exploration, erecting various structures and combat or, alternatively, fight them. An especially noteworthy feature is the peculiar protection system that evens out the chances for beginners and more seasoned players. The former start in a relatively safe zone 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 find. Another notable thing is the penalty system — a player who has killed a large number of other players will lose more equipment than beginners, who can even get away without losing a thing.
Hurtworld for PC offers pleasant, although average in quality, graphics that do not deviate significantly from most other productions in the genre.
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 71 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 234 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5 3.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 6970, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 5850, 2 GB HDD, Windows XP 64-bit