Uncharted 4‘s review embargo was lifted early yesterday morning, commanding widespread media attention. Strangely enough, Sony chose that time to stealth release a new Uncharted game. No, not Uncharted 4, This game is Uncharted Fortune Hunter. Available on Google Play and the App Store, it’s a free-to-pay puzzle game in the same vein as Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO that’s worthy of your attention.
Surprisingly enough, Fortune Hunter actually does a pretty nice job adapting the core mechanics of Lara Croft GO into the Uncharted universe. You start on a map filled with hazards and obstructions and have to find the best path to the treasure on the map by shooting switches from a distance or getting close enough to press them. At the beginning and end of each puzzle, we’re treated to some dialogue between Nate and Sully. Although it’s delivered through text bubbles at the top of the screen and not voice acted, it lines up with how you’d expect the duo to interact, feeling authentic to the franchise.
The game controls well also. Rather than the one-step-at-a-time movement system in Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO, Fortune Hunter uses a draw-your-path system (shown in .gif form at right), with each path counting as a singular move. While the puzzles are simple enough to solve with no time limitation, the challenge comes from completing a course in a pre-determined number of moves. Each level completed under its specific move cap will award you with a key to one of Sully’s loot chests that can drop in-game rewards or credits that can be transferred to Uncharted 4.
That’s actually one of the most intriguing features of the game. If you sign into Fortune Hunter with your PSN account, you’re able to unlock cosmetic items and boosters to use in multiplayer on the upcoming Uncharted 4. It seems like a good complementary option for players interested in multiplayer, similar to Battlefront’s tie-in app that allowed users to earn credits in the console and PC games. Despite this tie-in nature and its free-to-play business model however, Fortune Hunter actually stands up pretty well on its own. If you’re looking for something to pass the time on your phone, it’s certainly worth trying out at no cost. And, if you’re planning on sinking some time into Uncharted 4‘s multiplayer next week, it may pay dividends there as well.