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All-new Hungry Shark World chomps into action [Hot Game!]

Hungry Shark World dropped into Android and iOS app stores on May 7, amassing over 10 million downloads in less than a week. Developed by Ubisoft Entertainment, it has quickly risen to the top of the free app charts — and for good reason!

The game is incredibly fun to dive into. You play a free-roaming shark with an insatiable appetite in an colorful, cartoony ocean full of delectable fish, swimmers, deep-sea divers, and other goodies. The goal is to eat as much as you can while surviving for as long as you can, which means avoiding bigger, meaner sharks when you're just starting out and learning which things are good to eat and which will hurt you. Here's a quick tip for rookies: avoid jellyfish, floating garbage, and especially naval mines.

The controls are pretty simple: swipe with one thumb to use the floating digital d-pad and tap with your other thumb to use boost. You're able to switch the controls between thumbs on the fly as needed.

There's a plethora of challenges available to you, including daily chests, golden fish, and letters. Spell out H-U-N-G-R-Y and go on an absolute feeding frenzy. Explore shipwrecks and underground volcanos and sneak into swimming pools and much more as you eat your way to the top of the food chain.

You start out as a Black-Tipped Reef Shark, the smallest shark in the game. As you progress, you'll be able to upgrade your shark's speed, bite, and boost, as well as buy and equip all sorts of funky accessories to personalize your shark. There are 15 sharks to unlock — with the Great White being the granddaddy of them all — and a total of three ocean worlds to unlock and explore.

As mentioned above, this game is free to download and play, with a bunch of in-app purchases available for gold and gems (if you're the type who likes to pay their way to the top). You also have the option to sync the game with your Facebook account, which gives you free gems for every friend who starts playing and allows you to save your game data to the cloud.

We're set to dive right in! If you've been one of the millions of early adopters, tell us how far you've progressed in the comments below and share some tips! They might appear in a future Hungry Shark World game guide.

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

17 Comments
  • This game came out years ago. All you are doing is getting paid by ubisoft to advertise it smh. Posted via the Android Central App
  • To be fair this is a "new" game it's just a different iteration of the original though. Posted via Nexus 5X
  • The game that came out 'Years ago' was hungry shark evolution and this one is hungry shark world.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • We're not getting paid to advertise this game. It was released in the app store 6 days ago, and has been downloaded 10 million times. That's pretty incredible and newsworthy, so we thought we'd share it with our communities. Simple as that.
  • Riiiiiiight.
  • Thank you I enjoy when you feature amazing finds. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This was not released on the 7th, it was Updated on the 4th and it has not been installed 10 million times, it has an install base of between 5 million and 10 million.
    While I agree that this is still impressive, you really should fact check these articles.
  • Ubisoft and their in app purchases are insane. I'll pass.
  • No need to buy them. Just play and work your way up. Posted from Nexus 6 running Android N
  • Can we get Jaws unleashed? Posted via the Android Central App from (Nexus 5x or LG V10)
  • I've been playing it since it was released (though I didn't know it was so new; I just saw it on the main Play page). It's pretty fun, but I ain't paying for anything. Will just take a while to get to a good shark. Now Jaws Unleashed I would actually pay for. Loved that game.
  • Get a good shark? LMAO Posted via the Android Central App
  • LoL Posted via the Android Central App
  • This article was mis-posted onto iMore. -- Posted via my Titanium Silver Galaxy S7 edge --
  • Negative. It was correctly "shared" from iMore. If you visit iMore you'll see the image on the post has a clear "shared from Android Central" badge on it. We've been doing this a bit lately (also sharing to iMore from Android Central). Re-circulation within a network is something you see a lot online. We've done it a decent amount over the years and have been doing it again recently. Our goal is to always make it clear to the reader when an article is shared, so it's very transparent that when clicked they'll move over to the original story source. We think the current implementation is quite clear, but always looking for feedback on how to improve!
  • This was not released on the 7th, it was Updated on the 4th and it has not been installed 10 million times, it has an install base of between 5 million and 10 million.
    While I agree that this is still impressive, you really should fact check these articles.
  • Ucv de la vaxX Posted via the Android Central App