The game provides single-player or multiplayer mode like the other counterparts. The primary conception of the games revolves around the taming of the prehistoric creatures in the single-player mode. Following the taming, you will have to feed the animals in order to assist you in completing the specific tasks.
The players can also build bases as well as invade another player’s establishment. With access to the varied range of modified firearms and improvised weapons, the players can protect their base and defend against intrusions and invasions from other players.
The Ark players can construct structures throughout the virtual game world. The players, to construct a base, must collect structural components such as windows, doors, roofs, and floors. The materials can be acquired from the resources scattered throughout the island. The fundamental elements can be accumulated or collected, when the players reach certain levels or gain access to various features as the players progress in the game. These structural components can be crafted and arranged accordingly in the base.
The players, for any period with the acquisition of resources and logistics, can build any arrangement or structures. Only upon the destruction of the foundations and pillars, the structural cohesion of the architecture is compromised. The construction of the structures can be made from various material tiers. The players can start out by building thatched structures, then further moving on from wood to finally tek, a late-game and futuristic structural material.
Creatures and Dinosaurs
The game at present has over 176 creatures roaming in the Ark island. During the initial stages, the game set comprised of only prehistoric dinosaurs and primeval creatures. However, as the game progressed further, the population of creatures and animals increased. With new approaches and innovations, the Ark game developers added few of the original endemic creatures.
The game also witnessed the addition of Wyvern and Phoenix, the mythical creatures to the island. The Ark island also features some other animals like the saber-toothed tiger, Dodo, Titanomyrma, Mammoth, Doedicurus, and Meganeura. All the creatures on the island follow their predator hierarchies and have their own ecosystems.
In the multiplayer status, the players can join forces together, and ‘tribes’ can be formed. The purpose behind the formation of the tribes is to provide protection and aid each other. The various tribes formed can involve in the attacking and invasion of the other tribe’s base and also work collectively to defend their base. The maximum members allotted in each tribe differs from sever to servers.
The players in the game can keep track of various stats or meter such as stamina, health, hunger, weight, oxygen, and thirst, or how much the players can carry and endure. If the players suffer damage, their health stats will regenerate gradually. The regeneration will be upon the consumption of the necessary food, or if they can craft features that reconstruct their health meter at a quicker pace. If no option is available, the player’s health stats will regenerate or increase gradually slowly over a period of time.
The Ark game players can also gain experience by the harvesting of materials, killing, crafting, or through the discovery of explorer’s notes. Once the player obtains adequate knowledge, they earn an increase in the level point. The level points can be utilized to improve one of the player’s meters which include health to the max, max oxygen, max stamina, max food meter, max carry weight, max movement speed, max water meter, max crafting speed and melee damage.
PvP & PvE Modes
The game offers two game mode i.e., the PvP game mode and the PvE game mode. In the PvP game mode, the players can avail opportunities to fight one another. However, in the PvE mode, the players are immune to external attacks or are not allowed or are barred from involving in attacks of other’s base camp.
The game has the maximum player level at 105, as of January 2019. An addition of 30 levels can be gained by overthrowing or vanquishing the bosses at the end game. Experience and level points gained from the tamed animals can also be utilized for boosting the various stats or meters.
Besides the PvP and PvE game mode, the other game modes available in multiplayer status are:
- PvX mod (exclusive for the mobile platform)
- Survival of the fittest