Everyone’s favourite fictional Eastern Bloc island full of murderers is now available on mobile platforms which means, theoretically, you need never go without your PUBG fix. Unless you’re driving, operating heavy machinery, performing surgery or any of those other pesky real-life demands. Again, just for emphasis: please don’t play PUBG mobile while performing surgery.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at how closely this version plays compared with its older sibling on PC, back where it all began.
This is a free-to-play version of PUBG, so as you’d expect there are a few more currencies and unlock systems than you’ll find in the paid-for PC version. The first of these currencies is BP, and it works in a familiar way to existing PC PUBG players. You earn BP from post-match rewards like kills, rank, and survival time, and it can be spent on cosmetic items.
EXP and Vitality are earned in a similar way, by hitting specific challenges like playing a certain number of matches or hitting a certain body count. Vitality earns you free crates upon hitting certain thresholds, and EXP grants permanent rewards like special avatar icons.
For every consecutive day you sign into PUBG Mobile, you’ll be bestowed a small reward. These increase in value as time goes on, from certain amounts of BP to cosmetic items.
There are also daily missions to take on, and if you play a lot of mobile titles you’ll know the drill here: drive a certain distance, get a certain number of kills, play a certain number of rounds, and you complete the challenge.
It’s not easy translating a keyboard-and-mouse FPS with split-second aiming to touchscreen interfaces, but PUBG Mobile’s customisable controls break down the interface barrier. A virtual joystick on the left side of the screen controls movement, while aiming’s accomplished with the right hand by swiping around in the game world. Context-dependent controls pop up in the appropriate situations too as virtual buttons, so if you were worried about how to honk your horn while driving a car - or even how to drive the car in the first place - worry not. The game knows when those buttons should appear.
A text chat function in PUBG Mobile is often the quickest and most efficient way to communicate with your squadmates, particularly if you don’t want to use voice comms. It’s full of useful presets that make one-tap conversations totally possible, and if you need to say something specific you can bring up the keyboard.
At the end of a successful round, you’ll be given a poster featuring your final rank number of kills along with a piece of art, which you can share on social media if that’s your thing. A simple addition, but one that separates PUBG Mobile from its PC forefather and speaks to its mobile-focused design.