Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds continues to be one of the most popular PC and console games around. Now you can play it almost anywhere, after the game launched on iOS and Android. Huzzah.
The mobile version is a faithful reproduction of the original, with pretty much all the trimmings. Not played it yet? Then read on to see what all the fuss is about, in our guide to all things PUBG on mobile.
100 players, one battlefield
The most exciting (and nerve-wracking) way to play PUBG is the Solo mode. If you’ve already played PUBG, you know the deal. You’re parachuted onto a remote island to do battle with 99 other players. It’s every player for his or herself. The last person alive wins.
I’ve not played PUBG before, what’s it like?
Once you touch down on the multiplayer map along with other players, you must forage for supplies as soon as possible. That way you’ll have the best chance of survival. On console, the wisest players stock up on weapons, first aid kits, and armour before diving into battle. The same tactics work on mobile.
The map shrinks every few minutes, squeezing players in and forcing you to take the fight to them. It’s what makes PUBG so exciting, and different to your average first-person shooter. Now you’ll be able to feel that suspense in your favourite WiFi-equipped café.
Play as a team on mobile, too
You don’t have to go it alone. The mobile version of PUBG also has same the Team battle mode as seen on consoles. Here you can team up with your mates, or other players online.
You can even talk to them using the in-game voice chat. Just enable your speaker and microphone in the voice channel settings, and coordinate your team’s battle strategy.
The controls are decent
Let’s be honest, some console to mobile versions of games don’t always cut it. And it’s often the controls that are to blame. Not here. From our play of the Android version, we found the touchscreen controls to be surprisingly intuitive.
The controls do take a few minutes to get used to, but once you do, you’ll find that switching weapons, and browsing your item inventory is a breeze thanks to the conveniently placed on-screen buttons.
Even exploring the map is easy. For example, simply press down on the screen to sprint, and use your thumbs to look in any direction. Simple.
You’ll need a reliable internet connection
The only real snag when it comes to playing PUBG on mobile is that you’ll need to play in an area where there is a reliable, and constant internet connection. This sadly rules out playing on the bus or train. You won’t get a smooth gameplay experience.
Your best bet is to play at home if you don’t already own the PC or console version of the game, or at your local café, assuming they have WiFi. Basically, anywhere with a decent WiFi connection is best.
It’s free to play
The price to play a console and PC game on your mobile? Peanuts. In fact, less than peanuts. PUBG on mobile is totally free to play.
What about that other game?
PUBG isn’t the only must-play shooter to arrive on mobile. Fortnite is another amazing PC and console game to land on mobile, and PUBG’s direct competition. It arrived on the App Store at the beginning of April for iPhone and iPad.
Like PUBG, it’s you against 99 other players. It also has a squad battle mode. What makes Fortnite unique is the ability to build, and collect materials to construct makeshift barricades, and temporary structures. Fortnite has a more cartoony style, and more strategic element to it than PUBG. It’s also free to play.
I like the sound of PUBG mobile, where can I download it?
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Head over to the game’s page on the App Store, or Google Play to download it now.