Ark, as its normally called, is a survival game where you have to chop trees, stones, metal, harvesting berries and craft different paste and narco to tame the animals.
You play on a server and you can play with other people on PVP or PVE servers, or you can play solo on local.
The game is still an alpha-game and is on early access on Steam. So there are frequently updates to the game which mostly are improvements, but sometimes it can make life harder for the survivor, intentionally or not….
The game has a steep learningcurve, so it is important to learn some basics before you start. There are a lot of youtube’s from people playing and tutorials too. One of my favorit youtubers on this game is KIC gaming. He has made a huge amount of youtubes where he plays the game back from the start of the game-release until now, and its very entertaining watching that.
You can find him here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKAE7Kev-6h-YAkg_svRIA
The game also has a homepage and a wiki: https://survivetheark.com/
Me out in the wild
Mainland and Islands
There are so far 2 maps on the servers to play on. The Island and The center. The island has a more natural feel on it and the Center is a kind of fantasy world. Both maps has caves to explore and The center has an underwater world too, to explore. You can spend many hours just exploring around the maps but its very dangerous to walk around without protection from some tamed animals, unless you are on a flying animal, or you have crafted a raft.
Beautiful view on The Center map
Dangerous mountains on The Center map
This is the official description of the game:
As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate… and escape!
The animals are different dinosaur-types, small or big, swimming or flying, more or less dangerous for your life. You can kill and harvest the animals, or you can tame them and if you have one of each sex then you can breed little babies too.
You can also craft a saddle and ride most of the bigger animals, plus they also have individual skills so your harvesting gets easier.
Be prepared to get very attached to the dinoes. Its easy to get a tear in the eye when your loved dino dies after being attacked by a larger dino.
Me next to a Brontosaurus. Fortunately they are plant-eaters. They only get mad if you attack them.
Home sweet Home
At first you will need a base, so you have a more or less safe place to stay when not running around and harvesting stuff. So you can build a little thatch house and then upgrade it to wood, stone or metal later on. It is not like building in a virtual world, but more like building in minecraft.
You can make staircases and several floors on your house and some very creative people have made some fantastic houses or castles, but it takes a lot of time to gather all the ressources, so if you are alone then be prepared to start small.
Unfortunately a thatch-house isnt very safe when you meet a T-rex and it follows you to your home….
It is possible to color your house and other stuff, if you have the right ingrediens to craft some dye.
You can also make a little garden with plants to get berries or vegetables that is used to make the dino’s favoritmeal: kibble.
You need a fireplace to cook the raw meat you get, when you kill an animal, so you can get something to eat yourself. Drinking water is also important.
Fortunately there is a level-system, so you can level up when you have enough experience-points. The game gets easier when you reach the higher levels, so you have to be prepared to a rough start as survivor. Most people dies more or less constantly. You dont loose your levels or experience when you die, so thats good.