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Gamers who've been living under a priceless hand-carved ancient monolith might not know about Uncharted, a series of PlayStation-exclusive action adventure games that have sold tens of millions of copies across three titles. The odds of us getting an Android port of Uncharted are somewhere between slim and none. But you can get a shameless copy of Uncharted-style gaming with Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta, available now on the Play Store.

If Unearthed is a copy, it comes by it honestly, since both it and its source material are treading in familiar fedora and whip territory. (The trailer above even includes an ancient temple with giant rolling stone balls. Subtle.) You are Faris Jawad, who journeys around the world with his sister Dania recovering artifacts that should probably be in museums. Basic gunplay, vehicle sections, acrobatic platforming, and hand-to-hand combat are part of the gameplay, but you'll do just as much exploring to uncover the game's plot. The developer and publisher are based in Saudi Arabia, and the Middle Eastern setting and characters are consistent throughout. Both the voice-overs and subtitles are available in English and Arabic.

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Unearthed was mercilessly panned by critics when it landed on the PlayStation 3 last year. Reviewers lamented the blatant copy of Uncharted's style, poor controls, and clunky story. By Android standards the game looks pretty decent in terms of visuals, and you could always hope that the controls have been improved, especially since they now work with the NVIDIA SHIELD, MOGA controllers, and others, but I would wait for reviews in the Play Store before laying down my $2. The game is 1.6GB and pretty taxing for current Android machines, so free up some space if you're going to try it out. Tegra 4 hardware gets some extra visual polish, but Unearthed is not a Tegra exclusive.

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including The story is labeled "Episode 1," but the developers haven't made any additional content since the PlayStation and iOS release more than a year ago.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • mustbepbs

    Oh my god they put this filth on the Play Store?

    NOBODY BUY THIS TRASH!

    Proof:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkvRgmjncME

    • Chipicao

      Lol this game is unplayable on PC so dont buy it on Android, biggest crap ever.

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      what's your problem with this game?
      if you hate it, then just don't buy it

      • mustbepbs

        Watch the video, fool.

        This game is a broken, unfinished, unashamed rip off of Uncharted.

        • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

          This is an Android port, provide Android-version video showing the bugs, noone cares about PC.
          As for ripping off some game - who cares, games are ripping off each-other all the time.

          • mustbepbs

            Wow you people are pathetic. You really think they're going to attempt to fix this train wreck of a game for the Android port? Please, buy the game and let me know how great it is.

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            Dude, i don't care about this game at all, or whatever Uncharted is.
            I care only about seeing why are people whining about, and all I see is PC problems...well, show me the Android ones, I'm actually very interested.

            The fun part is that I'm actually Android-press, so I probably should buy it and see if there's a reason to warn people about it or not.

          • mustbepbs

            This game was DESIGNED for PC. Do you honestly think they're even going to attempt to fix the glaring flaws of this game for the Android port, when they had no problem releasing the botched game on Steam for actual money?

            Honestly, use your head.

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            read my comment above

          • themaster567

            I'm so so sorry dude. I'm 100% with you. The people here are already dead to us.

          • mustbepbs

            I mean, just look at this shit.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdp-JxX4Rdw

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            I just watched it...and I see a 3/10 instead of the -20/10 people seem to be giving it...and still, I want to know what it's like on Android, not PC

          • mustbepbs

            If they can't even get physical controls right, I have zero hope for touch controls.

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            To be fair, the only things that work well on a touch-screen are tower defense games and point-and-click adventures (which even Telltale of all devs failed at doing right) so this is to be expected.

        • Ibrahim Yusuf

          I know it's broken, that why I will not buy it or think about buying it. But the way you said it..

    • Zombie

      Wait a moment, it may be bad on PC, but who tells you this isn't a good game at all? Are there bugs? Glitches?

      • Ghost

        The description says it has 120 fixes from the other version. So maybe it's better. It has controller support so I might at least try it.

    • Daryn S.

      Skimming this and it looks truly atrocious. And yet I'm sure we'll still see it in Android Police's next 'Best New Games of the Past 2 Weeks' list.

    • Randa Hafza

      for 2 bucks its more than enough of game to play on your android, relax

      • mustbepbs

        And you're part of the driveling filth that sees a trash games at .99-2.00 and buys it because of "value", even though its crap and perpetuates the cycle of crap developers making crap games, like Flappy Bird.

        Well done.

        • Emile’sGhost

          Oh fuck off. It's a game not the cure for cancer. Lighten up curry man.

          • mustbepbs

            So you're okay with throwing your money away? Not all of us wipe our asses with $100 bills.

          • Sorian

            Not all of us have the same appeal as you, please tone down the comments.

          • mustbepbs

            Please, watch footage of this game. You'll see.

          • didibus

            You can make 2$ in like 10 minutes of asking money on the corner of the street. Give them a break. I will support any person actually trying to make a proper game on Android, which this is, even though it's a very bad one.

          • Randa Hafza

            2$=100$
            yup you are full of common sense.

        • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

          Calling someone "driveling filth" over a video game on Android = instant loss of all credibility for me.

    • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

      This video triggered me.

      Don't call me a fuckstump. :(

      :v

  • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

    Doesn't everyone want to be Uncharted when we grow up?

    No?

    Just me then?

  • Tim

    IBN BATTUTA!!!!

    Really though this game does suck.

    MOAR Proof:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXhojIDYy4

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    OMFG, they actually released this on mobile? What a desperate studio

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      That's the impression that I got, yeah. "Episode 1" seems entirely too ambitious for this game.

      • Dave

        Instead of impressions, would you please try this game to form a proper Android opinion rather than base it on other platforms?

  • Ghost

    Shit PC game = Android GOTY. Just look at Ravensword Shadowlands. Oh wait...

  • Kashmieer

    Bought this because of the controller support. For 2$ looks pretty legit.

    • MyLeftNut

      Well? Don't leave us hanging. What's wrong with it? Never really planned on buying it anyway since I restrict playing games like this to a PC or console but I'm still curious what problems you had with it.

      Edit: Ahh. I see. I replied to your comment before I read the ones that were posted before you. Carry on my son.

  • stuffyboo

    can anyone tell is this game is better than SHADOW GUARDIAN or not???
    PS: is there any other uncharted clone in android or pc
    PPS: PIRACY RULES
    PPSS: I dont know use of P.S.