LifeAfter – A Survival Sandbox Game With MMO Elements
Very recently, we spoke about Last Day on Earth, a sandbox survival game developed by Kefir!, a Russian development and publishing studio. Just like with that game, the majority of other sandbox titles offer similar elements, while some also bring to the table certain unique aspects to stand out among the rest. LifeAfter falls into this category, being a sandbox game with enough elements to make it unique not only when compared to similar titles, but in the entire genre itself.
Read on to learn exactly how this awesome game breaks off from the others in the genre.
PS: Some images in this post show English text, because they have been taken using the Real-Time In-game Translation feature of BlueStacks. The game, however, is in Chinese. Read on to know more about it.
Dive Into the LifeAfter World
Before moving on into the review, we need to mention that this game is still not available in English since the international release is still in development. Luckily, BlueStacks allows you to enjoy your favorite games regardless of the language thanks to its integrated translator that allows you to translate all the text on-screen by pressing CTRL + Shift + L. With this tool, waiting until your favorite games receive an international release is a thing of the past, and you can start playing them as soon as they release. You can read more about this feature here.
Language problems aside, LifeAfter is set in a future where humanity has advanced to the point of enjoying highly-advanced and accessible transportation technology. However, in the midst of the largest urban centers, a deadly virus was brewing and, with access to cutting-edge global transportation, a significant portion of the human population became inadvertently infected. By the time the virus passed its incubation period, millions of people were suddenly turned into ravenous mutants that attacked everything around them and caused great global destruction. Your character is an individual trapped in the middle of the chaos, and who must fight to escape from the mutant hordes, build a shelter, and lay low until the crisis dies down.
This game is played from a third-person perspective. Despite the language barrier, it’s not difficult to adjust to the controllers since they are similar to those of the other games in the genre. Furthermore, the BlueStacks Keymapping tool will help you tremendously in this regard by allowing you to use your mouse and keyboard to control your character, similar to how you play other third-person shooter games on your PC.
To know how to Install and start playing LifeAfter on BlueStacks, read the BlueStacks Guide for LifeAfter here.
Disregarding the fact that the game is mostly in Chinese—for now—, the plot is somewhat standard for the genre. Nevertheless, it is the little things and attention to detail that help this game stand out and that sell its concept to us.
As we mentioned above, it is a sandbox survival game similar to Last Craft, Last Day on Earth, or Minecraft, among others. After completing an introductory scene where you escape from a horde of mutants on a speeding truck, you will be introduced to your tutorial guide, a man that goes by name “Aleksey.” This person will teach you the ropes, as well as help you to arm yourself appropriately to face against the encroaching mutant threat. After several dangerous encounters with these monsters, as well as a close encounter with a huge mutant boss, the tutorial takes a somber turn as you’re forced to fight against fellow humans that attack you while claiming that you’re infected.
All of these elements are an excellent introduction to the game’s world, and help to teach you a little about current social affairs, including the fact that you must not trust anyone unless you know them. The same even applies to the other players that you meet along the way since they can attack you at any moment. In this sense, you must learn to be cautious at all times, and only allow yourself to cooperate with those with good intentions, as in life. Regardless, thanks to the guide that you meet at the start, you will learn how to fight against the mutants, as well as how to gather resources and use these to build defensive structures in the field.
By the end of the tutorial, you manage to escape via helicopter from the beginner zone, but not before taking out the large monstrosity that had been hunting you along the way. One of the best sensations we’ve had in this game, so far, is emptying several magazines into the beast and watching as it finally crumples to the ground, defeated.
The MMO Aspect
After making your great escape, you will arrive at a refugee camp of sorts where you’ll be able to continue the story, as well as interact with other players in a safe environment. This area is a hub where you can buy weapons, supplies, and other useful stuff, as well as create parties with other players and set out to the wilderness to take out mutants, build bases, and become a force to be reckoned with.
Despite not being the first sandbox game for mobiles with social interaction elements, LifeAfter is among the few that adopts a deliberate approach to this aspect by providing a hub where players can meet up before going on missions. In this sense, this game is more similar to an MMO than to a sandbox game. However, the way it combines the elements from both genres is spectacular and allows it to provide a unique experience within its own niche. With that being said, if you’re looking for a survival game where you can make new friends and collaborate with them to build large bases, gather supplies, and become the strongest players in the server, then we recommend taking a look at LifeAfter.
If you’ve already tried this game and are looking to learn more about it, we suggest swinging by our blog, where you’ll find numerous guides with the best tips to transcend the language barrier, and survive successfully in LifeAfter.