'Hungry Shark World' eats the charts with 10 million Android and iOS gamers playing a week post launch

Just six days after Ubisoft finally published the long-awaited Hungry Shark World, the game is already a smashing success with over 10 million downloads worldwide. The all-you-can eat sequel to Hungry Shark Evolution emerged on the top Free Charts hours afters its release, and it probably won't be long before the game series becomes a full-blown cultural phenomenon like Angry Birds. Its creators from Ubisoft-owned studio Future Games of London have put some serious financial and talent resources behind its production, which partly explains how the game has managed to stand out in the vast ocean of free to play titles.

It's got excellent graphics and a sizable variety of content. There are 17 shark species in 7 size tiers to play with inside three free-roaming worlds – the Pacific Island, Arctic Ocean, and Arabian Sea. Each has a surprise spot or two that no discerning shark would want to find itself in. For example, the Arctic Ocean is home to a secret military base with a heavily guarded testing facility. It's up to you to find out what lurks in there!

Hungry Shark Worled will also keep you busy with 20 different mission types and hundreds of things you can potentially eat – that's mostly whales, submarines and unfortunate locals, among other edibles in the water. There's also a collection of accessories to trick out your teethy pet – for, as Ubisoft cunningly points out, "no shark can be complete without headphones, umbrella, and a freakin’ laser beam!" We concur.

The publisher promises to keep Hungry Shark World up to date by adding new features, content, and challenges down the road. Although the game is a free-to-play title, Ubisoft is keen on monetizing it with assorted in-app purchases. You can buy virtual currencies like gems and gold to spend on upgrades and accessories. These currencies can be collected in-game as well, although this path, predictably, takes much much longer.

If you aren't among the 10 million plus gamers navigating the shark towards its prey, you can join the hilariously gruesome fun by following the links below. Hungry Shark World requires an Android device running at least version 4.2, or a newer Apple device to run.

Download: Android | iOS



1. Shocky unregistered

I did downloaded this but I only gave it one star, it's badly optimized and the performance feels laggy on everything I've tried.

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Hmm I downloaded it for my s7 edge and it's fast on my phone.

3. Shocky unregistered

Then you're clearly not a gamer, it's not smooth and does stutters quite a bit. Hardware makes little difference, tried Galaxy S7 with lowest resolution and it still does it. Smoothest performance I've seen is from the Pixel C and even that's not perfect.

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I haven't had any problems on my iPad Pro or my S7 Edge. At least not more so than any other game I've played. Don't know what to tell you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it's been fairly smooth on my end. And even if there were one or two problems, it's free so I couldn't exactly complain.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It plays fine on my Nexus 6P, but the damn audio is horribly distorted and annoying.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Smooth on my Note. Kind of a pointless game.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

If we are talking about a gamer I wouldn't be playing hardcore on myour phone bud.. I game on my gtx 980ti built pc..

11. Rocky1978

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I'm a gamer and it's running beautifully on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This game is great! Maybe you're not holding your phone correctly.....

6. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The article mentions it could soon become like Angry Birds. I really hope not.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

Pretty sure they meant from a popularity standpoint. Or at least, as popular as it was.

8. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Oh I know, but what I'm trying to say is that Angry Birds released like 25 games which were mostly the same, so it got boring and started fading into irrelevance. The only ones I like were Space, SW 1 and 2 and Bad Piggies (my fave).

12. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Anyone else thing the logo/font looks derivative of something? I can't put my finger on what though, I was initially thinking finding nemo but having looked at the latter I realise it's probably just the fish theme talking to me.

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