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Arknights is a 2D mobile tower defense game where players deploy Operators to defend strategic map areas. Play through a variety of challenging maps and build up a base of operations to house your characters.

Publisher: Yostar
Playerbase: High
Type: Mobile strategy RPG
Release Date (Global): January 16, 2020
Pros: +Variety of collectible heroes. +Deep strategic gameplay. +Challenging maps. +Lower rarity operators viable.
Cons: -Resources limit playtime. -Gameplay may be too difficult for some. -Dialogue sometimes skips.

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Arknights Overview

Arknights is a free-to-play 2D fantasy strategy game available on iOS and Android platforms. Take on the role of the amnesiac Doctor in the fight against a deadly infection taking over the world and recruit Operators to help battle your foes. The game features tower defense-inspired gameplay where players deploy Operators onto the battlefield into strategic positions to defend points on the grid-based map. Place your characters onto the map to stop the flow of enemies towards your strategic points and unleash powerful abilities to help turn the tide of battle. Each Operator fulfills specific types of roles on the battlefield, but each character offers unique skills and abilities to make for a wide variety of squad compositions that deepen the gameplay. Operators are recruited through a generous gacha system, similar to games like Granblue Fantasy and Azur Lane, that allows even free-to-play users to build competitive rosters, as three-star and four-star heroes are in many cases just as useful as some rarer heroes. On top of combat, the game also features a robust base building system that allows Operators to generate materials and build up your squad passively.

Arknights Key Features:

  • Tower Defense Gameplay – fight in tower defense-inspired gameplay where you deploy Operators as towers to defend strategic points.
  • Generous Gacha System – recruit Operators with less stress about re-rolling and grinding, thanks to the viability of most characters and frequent events.
  • Variety of Characters – collect a wide variety of Operators with different types of specialties, including Vanguard, Defender, Caster, and more.
  • Base Building – clean up and build a base to generate resources passively and employ your Operators while you are offline.
  • Fully Voice Acted – enjoy full Japanese audio from famous voice actors and actresses to pull you into the game's story.

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System Requirements

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Minimum Requirements:

Operating System: Android 4.1 and later, iOS 9.0 and later


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Additional Info

Arknights Additional Information

Developer: Hypergryph
Publisher: Yostar

Release Date (China): April 30, 2019
Release Date (Global): January 16, 2020

Development History / Background:

Arknights is developed by Hypergryph, a Chinese game developer located in Shanghai, and published by Yostar, a Chinese developer and publisher known for games such as Azur Lane, Mahjong Soul, and Nekoparaiten. The game was initially released in China on April 30th, 2019, then later published globally in English on January 16, 2020 for both Android and iOS.