• Developer: Tencent Games
  • Size: 47M
  • Version: 0.16.0
Apr 22, 2020

You have definitely heard of Fortnite at least once by now, but it is actually Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds that brought the battle royale concept into the gaming world. PUBG Mobile is the official port of the extremely popular desktop and console game to mobile devices. You can download PUBG Mobile for your Android phone or tablet for free from Google Play.

Concept 5/5

The original idea implemented in PUBG games for all platforms was to place 100 players into a confined virtual space and let them fight it out until there’s only one player left. Now that this concept has been reused by dozens of games, it may not seem super original anymore, but it was PUBG that came up with it, and the game deserves a lot of credit, at least for that.

PUBG Mobile features the same maps as the PC version and even lets you talk to other people in your squad as you play. You can play with friends, be randomly assigned to a squad before the round starts, or go solo if you don’t feel like coordinating your efforts with a team. There’s no construction mode in PUBG Mobile, so all you have to do is look for resources (mostly weapons and ammo) and make sure no one tries to sneak up on you as you explore the surroundings.

Visuals 4/5

If you’re primarily a mobile gamer, you’ll probably find the graphics in PUBG Mobile quite good. On the other hand, players coming to PUBG Mobile from a gaming PC or dedicated console are bound to notice a certain blandness to them. Porting a game such as PUBG to a mobile device is no easy task, and the developers have obviously had to make some compromises. The graphics definitely took a hit in favor of a smoother performance on less powerful GPUs, so most details that make PUBG aesthetically pleasing are missing in the mobile edition. That being said, the visuals in PUBG Mobile are quite decent for a mobile game and don’t have any major flaws that would have a negative impact on your playing experience.

Thrill 4/5

As important as visuals may be for most games, they are definitely not the primary reason to play PUBG Mobile. The unique gameplay experience offered by the game’s premise is what makes PUBG Mobile worth your time, and you’ll definitely feel very immersed in the game as you’re playing. Having 99 other players to watch out for, means that you have to be fully concentrated on the game if you want to be the last one standing.

Controls 4/5

Despite the game not having a building mode, there’s still a lot you can do in PUBG Mobile. Since most actions need a dedicated on-screen button, the controls inevitably end up feeling cluttered, especially on smaller devices. However, there are multiple control schemes available to choose from, and you can easily get used to one of them once you’ve played several rounds.

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