Uncharted 4 launched on PS4 today, and there’s a new iOS game to go along with it. Uncharted Fortune Hunter is an action puzzle game in which you guide the protagonist Nathan Drake to a piece of treasure in each level. At first glance, the game looks a lot like Lara Croft Go, but with Nathan Drake in Lara’s place. The comparison is actually pretty apt, though Uncharted Fortune Hunter focuses on longer movements, as compared to Lara Croft Go in which you focus on each step forward.
There’s always the question of how close can games be to existing games, and still have their own appeal. Lara Croft Go is so good, that it’s nice to see a game of a similar style, especially since the Uncharted theme fits, and it looks like a lot of time went into the development. Uncharted Fortune Hunter isn’t a quick re-skin, and instead offers a deluxe 3D design to depict over 200 puzzle chamber levels to solve. The game is all about order of operations as you need to flip switches to create the path forward. There are multiple switch types as you go from level to level including ones you have to press, others you can shoot from a distance, and some that you need to drop rocks on, as they are pressure sensitive. There’s also a neat function that marks down what tiles are tied to what switches, as though Nathan Drake is marking them in his journal.
The best part of Uncharted Fortune Hunter is that it’s completely free since its existence is an ad for Uncharted 4. This isn’t a simple tie-in, and instead stands alone as a full-fledged iOS puzzle experience with a lengthy adventure to partake in. You have 200 levels to play through for free without any in-app purchases, energy system, or video ads. Also, as you play, you can earn items to be used in the multiplayer component of Uncharted 4. The game is a bit drawn out, and it would be nice to see new mechanics introduced at a quicker pace, and maybe cut out some of the relatively redundant levels. There are treasures to aim for, as well as the objective to complete a level in a specific number of moves. It would be nice to have voice work, as you’re just given text bubbles of Nathan and Sully.
Uncharted Fortune Hunter (Free, Universal) is an enjoyable action puzzle game that is well worth picking up.