A free-to-play RPG on your Android
Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action RPG developed by miHoYo. It’s an open-world game that takes place in the fictional land of Teyvat. You play as a traveler from another world looking for your lost twin. As you take on heroic quests, face dangerous foes, and unlock tricky puzzles, you’ll harness powerful elements to help you overcome all the challenges you’ll face.
If you’ve played Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll notice a lot of similarities between the two. Both games have the same look and feel to them graphically, and many of the in-game mechanics share the same characteristics. Such as the ability to climb over anything, gliding through the air, and combat. But while similar, Genshin Impact is still its own game with plenty of other tricks up its sleeve to set itself apart.
Starting from the beginning
As a traveler, you can move between worlds. After arriving in Teyvat a sorceress attacks you and your sibling. Your twin is captured, and you end up losing consciousness.
After waking up on a beach, you must start the main quest to find her. Unlike Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can choose from a long list of 30+ playable characters—each with their own unique set of elemental abilities, fighting styles, and talents. Although they’re not all available initially, you can unlock them as you progress through the game.
Once unlocked, you can take advantage of each character’s elemental abilities to interact with the world in new ways by freezing water so you can walk on it or create wind currents to traverse unclimbable mountains. There are nine elements in total you can master.
When it comes to fighting your enemies, you can create a party of up to 4 characters and instantly switch between them. This lets you land devastating combos by mixing each of the elements. Drenching your foes in water before following up with an electrical attack is just one way to multiply the amount of damage you can quickly do. You can also use the environment in the same way. When it rains, you can freeze enemies with an ice attack or electrocute them. Setting fire to dry grass and using the wind element to blow it towards an enemy camp can cause significant damage, especially when it sets of explosive barrels.
But you’re not the only one with elemental abilities. Many of your opponents in the world of Teyvat also have elemental powers and will do their best to target your weaknesses.
Play Genshin Impact with friends
Genshin Impact is primarily a single-player game, but you can team up with friends. Once you have reached Adventure Rank 16, you can party together with up to 3 friends on specific adventures.
Once you’ve reached the required level, open the Paimon menu and tap “Co-op.” A new bar will open up where you can enter your friend’s UserID. Each UserID is found beneath your icon in the Paimon menu, and your friend has to be online. Otherwise, you won’t be able to invite them.
If you want to play with random people during your adventures, you can scroll down the list of other player’s worlds you can join instead of searching for a specific player. Genshin Impact can become challenging at the later levels, and any help is surely appreciated by most players when tackling formidable enemies and bosses with lots of health.
Is Genshin Impact free on Android?
Genshin Impact is free to download and play. You can purchase items, characters, and loot boxes if you want to speed up your progression, but you certainly don’t have to pay. If you're willing to get certain limited-time characters and weapons, however, then it's easy enough to do so. Nabbing one of the limited-time playable characters like Albedo and Eula is much easier with the new Wish Event banner type. It also gives you room for getting new characters like the Geo element wielders, Gorou and Arataki Itto—who are really good against the deadly Golden Wolflord boss.
An astonishing Android RPG game
Yes, Genshin Impact for Android has many of the same elements as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it does expand upon them and creates a unique experience that feels very different.
The vast roster of characters with their own personalities and combat abilities means that the gameplay will never be stale. And the fighting is fast and furious as you switch between your four party members and create devastating combos mixing up your elemental attacks.
With co-op play, plenty of enemies, puzzles, and a vast world to explore, Genshin Impact is an exciting game worth playing.