Strap on your boots and take the role of Mun, an interplanetary explorer who had to make an emergency landing on Planet Ankora.
Explore the planet, farm to get resources, improve your skills, and fight off dangerous monsters!
Interact with the local Anks to perform quests and receive rewards as you uncover what Ankora has to offer.
Imagine being a space explorer, scouting for new planets when suddenly, you crash on an unexplored world. You try to contact headquarters, but your transmitter was destroyed in the ordeal. Frustrated, you decide that the best thing to do is to explore the planet and survive. This is the premise of Ankora, and if you decide to play the game, you will be filling the shoes of Mun, a member of Interstellar Patrol Team 5 who found herself in a strange and unknown planet.
In a nutshell, Ankora is a healthy mix of several game genres. For example, it has the farming elements of games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, while having exploration and RPG aspects. Crafting is also part of the game, and you will also need to boost your stats. Survival is another bright spot, and you need to deal with thirst, hunger, and fatigue. Spoilers aside, the story is rather deep and intriguing, with pretty-looking graphics and outstanding gameplay. So, is Ankora a game worth installing? Let’s take a crack at it:
Set in Planet Ankora, the game’s world is huge, and you will likely spend dozens of hours exploring it. Though there are civilized but rather primitive inhabitants, Ankora is a wild world, filled with rivers, overgrown vegetation, rocks, and waterfalls. Bear in mind that the maps are highly varied and may have different environments at every location. Apart from the environmental hazards, you will also be facing monsters which you will need to battle in order to survive. Note that the world holds crafting materials you have to attain in order to create tools and various kinds of equipment.
Speaking of tools, you will receive recipes and secrets from the inhabitants, aptly named the Anks. These friendly inhabitants will provide you with side quests and missions. Once you accomplish them, you will be rewarded with their knowledge and crafting skills. Furthermore, talking to them will give you more information about the game, like knowing which places you can take a breather.
To survive Ankora, you need to watch out for three important stats: hunger, tiredness, and thirst. You can get rid of hunger and thirst by eating and drinking, while resting up lets you lose fatigue. If any of these stats get too low, your HP will gradually decrease. As for fighting monsters, you can entirely avoid encounters, but in rather cramped maps with numerous obstacles, fighting them may be inevitable. Obstacles, such as elevated areas and boulders can be cleared with the right tools, so be sure to craft some of them beforehand.
Your ship also plays an important part. Despite being inoperable, you can use it to store items, which is a must since them items you carry can be lost if Mun dies. Raising your stats, such as strength and agility, is also a vital gameplay element. Should you be raising agility or strength? Although farming is one of the game’s strongest points, we can’t help but say that it’s just a subplot. Puns aside, it’s still important though: farming is where you will get most of your food.
Overall, Ankora seamlessly mixes exploration, farming, and other gameplay aspects into a fun, well-crafted game. The graphics look fantastic, and the art style is both unique and pleasant. Given that it’s a freemium game, you might find it difficult to beat certain monsters or progress in some areas, but everything is manageable even if you’re a free player. There are ads in the game, but are not intrusive and don’t get in the way of the experience. It’s a game you would want to get started on right away.