Final evening, Vampire Survivors (Free) from Poncle lastly hit iOS and Android worldwide at no cost. The massively-popular indie game has been one of many most-played video games on Steam Deck since launch, and I’ve loved enjoying it each day throughout Steam Deck and on Xbox lately. Learn my evaluation of the 1.0 launch right here to be taught concerning the game. On this evaluation, I’ll concentrate on the iOS port, the options included, and what I’d wish to see in updates.
Regardless of Vampire Survivors exploding in reputation on Steam, it solely bought 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 game with no in app purchases. It’s ad-supported, and there’s at present no method to pay to not have any prompts to observe advertisements. This isn’t like most free to play video games the place you forcibly see junk whereas enjoying, however a really unobtrusive button to observe an advert if you would like. I hope there’s a method to pay to disable this completely.
Now, the precise cell conversion performs nice on my iPhone 11 and iPad Professional (2020). If you initially boot up the game, it masses in portrait, however you’ll be able to change this from the second display within the choices menu. This can’t be executed whereas on a run although so hold that in thoughts. The choices additionally allow you to regulate the sound results, disable flashing, regulate the amount, cover injury numbers, and extra. There are not any management choices or something, however given the gameplay, these aren’t wanted.
On the subject of the controls, Vampire Survivors continues to be a single stick game the place you progress and shoot on the identical time. It’s good for transportable and portrait play together with your thumb. When you can play it in panorama mode on iPhone, I’d solely suggest doing so if you’re 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 Game Awards, it truly went stay on the App Retailer and Google Play fairly just a few hours prior. Having performed it so much earlier than the announcement and through The Game Awards, I’m ecstatic with how good most points of this conversion are. I simply hope a future replace can allow us to pay to utterly disable advertisements and monitoring with a one time in app buy. I’m trying ahead to making an attempt 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 few of the contact targets, whereas much like the scaling on PC, are a bit small on iPhone. I hope these could be improved over time. The opposite difficulty is the game at present 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 completely different iCloud accounts. The builders are working on letting gamers convey progress throughout cell and PC/Xbox, so possibly that’s when cloud saves will likely be sorted, however that is value conserving in thoughts in the event you play on a number of gadgets like I do. Having the game droop your run while you depart it and it closes within the background would even be a pleasant addition in a patch.
When you’re interested in the place to play it proper now, I’d say the most suitable choice is iPhone in portrait or panorama with a controller connected. I didn’t care a lot for it with contact controls on iPad, however utilizing an exterior controller is nice. Be aware that there are black bars in panorama mode relying in your system. I hope a future replace can add ultrawide display help, however that may not be possible with how the game is designed.
It feels surreal to see Vampire Survivors have such an ideal model on iOS and Android already. I stored considering it’d launch on Nintendo Change and finally PlayStation following the Xbox and PC variations earlier than coming to cell. Not solely is it value downloading, however it’s utterly 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 making an attempt 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.