Underwhelming but still valuable
Android users rejoiced in October of 2018 when Fortnite was finally released for Android devices. The immensely popular video game was previously only available on gaming consoles, Apple, and Windows devices. Fortnite combines crafting and construction as well as combative “last man standing” play, spanning multiple gaming genres. The game is rated for teen and above due to violence, but parents can rest assured this is not your average battle game. The gore and blood are markedly less than other games of its nature. The emphasis is not on the morbidity of killing players, but rather taking out opponents as you endeavor to be the last player “alive”. In the Battle Royale game mode, players team up, gathering supplies and weapons, constructing forts for protection. This multi-player version of the game is what sent Fortnite into video game superstardom. It is an excellent game for teens (and adults!) who are looking to interact with friends, get creative, and avoid the excessive goriness of similar games.
The most exhilarating game there is
The true value in Fortnite coming to Android is in both new users and existing players now able to battle it out on-the-go.
Fortnite is inarguably one of the most popular video games right now. First released in 2017 by Epic Games, this free online video game has taken the world by storm. It originally released two game modes: Fortnite: Save the World where users battle AI zombies, and Fortnite: Battle Royale which, as its name suggests, is a 100 player vs. player battle royale setting where everyone fights to be the last player standing. In 2018, Epic Games launched the third game mode: Fortnite: Creative, where users can construct their own worlds. Epic Games releases game enhancements quarterly, drawing players back in to check out new features. All three game modes are free to play; however Epic Games offers an upgraded “Battle Pass” where users can complete weekly challenges to unlock rewards including outfits, wraps, emotes, pets, and other flair.
The Fortnite trend is to purchase outfit and gear upgrades for your game avatar. It feels like middle school all over again, worrying about what to wear to be “cool”, only this time it’s not even for a real human! The game opens with players being dropped into the Fortnite world via a “battle bus”. It feels exactly how I imagine Hunger Games would feel. Upon landing, players rush to scoop up weapons, gear, and to either hide or begin constructing defense forts. Teammates have each other’s backs, fighting off opposing teams and working together. Users can opt to play only with other players on their same device, or along with anyone. The advantage to this choice is that those playing on a mobile version of Fortnite are at a disadvantage, as the game is better optimized for gaming console or computer play. For example, a player on an Android device has a more difficult time with controls and game navigation, so they may choose to play against other players with the same disadvantage.
Where can you run this program?
Fortnite for Android is available on select Samsung devices (Galaxy S9/S9+, Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Tab S3, Tab S4), Google Pixel devices, multiple LG devices, Razer Phone, multiple Xiaomi devices, and more. If your Android device is not supported, but has 3 GB of RAM or higher and the latest version of Android, it is still eligible. It is free to download and play.
Is there a better alternative?
Fortnite can be run on all the main platforms: Windows, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and now Android. Anyone playing this addictive game on a mobile device is at a slight disadvantage to a console player. This is to be expected and not exclusive to Android. When comparing mobile device platforms, the overall graphic quality is markedly better on iOS than on Android. Since the truest value of Fortnite coming to Android is just another platform to reach its user base, this is not a deal breaker. The true Fortnite fans will play on their consoles or computers most of the time, just enjoying the Android mobile version when they want to sneak in an extra challenge.
Fortnite’s lighthearted yet action packed manner makes it suitable and fun for a wide audience. Both kids and their parents alike can have fun creating worlds, teaming up, and taking on the journey together. Access to the game on Android only makes that interaction more attainable now.
Should you download it?
Yes. Big gamers have already played Fortnite the proper way on a gaming console or computer. They realize that playing Fortnite on any mobile platform (iOS or Android) is just an additional way to enjoy this great game. When approached as an “extra”, Fortnite for Android users can excuse its lower quality graphics, lag, and navigation difficulties. Definitely download this game for an extra dose of Fortnite fun. Casual gamers, without gaming consoles or the desire to play on a computer, may feel underwhelmed by the graphics quality and overwhelmed by the cumbersome operation. Go into it knowing that this is a bonus way to play a game truly optimized for console/computer play and have fun with it for what it is.
- Android users can finally play their favorite game on-the-go
- Still free to play
- Ability to play with users on any device or select only those playing on the same platform
- Game reactions tend to lag
- Difficult navigation and operation on mobile device
- Low quality graphics as compared to console and computer platforms