Final night time, Vampire Survivors (Free) from Poncle lastly hit iOS and Android worldwide totally free. The massively-popular indie sport has been one of many most-played video games on Steam Deck since launch, and I’ve loved taking part in it day by day throughout Steam Deck and on Xbox just lately. Learn my evaluation of the 1.0 launch right here to be taught concerning the sport. On this evaluation, I’ll give attention to the iOS port, the options included, and what I’d prefer to see in updates.
Regardless of Vampire Survivors exploding in reputation on Steam, it solely received its hooks in me on Steam Deck. I stored hoping for a cell model with portrait help, and that has now occurred. Vampire Survivors on iOS and Android is a free sport with no in app purchases. It’s ad-supported, and there may be presently no approach to pay to not have any prompts to look at advertisements. This isn’t like most free to play video games the place you forcibly see junk whereas taking part in, however a really unobtrusive button to look at an advert if you’d like. I hope there’s a approach to pay to disable this completely.
Now, the precise cell conversion performs nice on my iPhone 11 and iPad Professional (2020). Whenever you initially boot up the sport, it masses in portrait, however you may change this from the second display within the choices menu. This can’t be finished whereas on a run although so hold that in thoughts. The choices additionally allow you to alter the sound results, disable flashing, alter the amount, disguise injury numbers, and extra. There aren’t any management choices or something, however given the gameplay, these aren’t wanted.
Relating to the controls, Vampire Survivors remains to be a single stick sport the place you progress and shoot on the identical time. It’s excellent for transportable and portrait play together with your thumb. Whilst you can play it in panorama mode on iPhone, I’d solely advocate doing so in case you are utilizing a Razer Kishi or Spine One controller in your telephone. I discovered these setups the comfiest to this point.
Regardless of Vampire Survivors formally being introduced throughout The Recreation Awards, it truly went stay on the App Retailer and Google Play fairly just a few hours prior. Having performed it quite a bit earlier than the announcement and through The Recreation Awards, I’m ecstatic with how good most features of this conversion are. I simply hope a future replace can allow us to pay to fully disable advertisements and monitoring with a one time in app buy. I’m trying ahead to attempting out the DLC when it launches subsequent week on Steam and finally on iOS.
As for what I’d like addressed in future updates, a number of the contact targets, whereas much like the scaling on PC, are a bit small on iPhone. I hope these may be improved over time. The opposite subject is the sport presently doesn’t appear to have iCloud save syncing. If it does have it, I’ll replace this, however I didn’t handle getting it working throughout 4 gadgets and two totally different iCloud accounts. The builders are engaged on letting gamers deliver progress throughout cell and PC/Xbox, so perhaps that’s when cloud saves might be sorted, however that is price protecting in thoughts for those who play on a number of gadgets like I do. Having the sport droop your run if you go away it and it closes within the background would even be a pleasant addition in a patch.
In the event you’re interested in the place to play it proper now, I’d say the best choice is iPhone in portrait or panorama with a controller hooked up. I didn’t care a lot for it with contact controls on iPad, however utilizing an exterior controller is nice. Notice that there are black bars in panorama mode relying in your gadget. I hope a future replace can add ultrawide display help, however that may not be possible with how the sport is designed.
It feels surreal to see Vampire Survivors have such an ideal model on iOS and Android already. I stored pondering it’d launch on Nintendo Swap and finally PlayStation following the Xbox and PC variations earlier than coming to cell. Not solely is it price downloading, however it’s fully free. Hopefully the cell model finally catches up with the PC and Xbox variations so we get DLC and updates on the identical time. Till then, I’m getting again to attempting to succeed in the place I’m on Steam Deck on my iPhone from the beginning, and having an absolute blast with Vampire Survivors once more.