Game Reviewed:The Splatters
Release Date: April 11th, 2012
Publisher: Xbox Live Arcade
Platform: [Reviewed: XBLA]
Genre: Family, Puzzle and Trivia
Rated: E for Everyone
Cost: 800 MSP
The Splatters, an Xbox live Arcade game similar to popular mobile game Angry Birds, is an odd mixture of physics and colors that leaves much to be desired. While fun and certainly more entertaining than watching paint dry, it quickly loses its flare are you realize you’re doing the same thing over and over again. The levels change, but the colors and goal are all the same.
The Splatters, who ironically sound like a small nuclear family from the “Leave it to Beaver” era, unfortunately have as their sole purpose in the game, to die. They don’t seem too shook up about it ,however, when they happy exclaim ,as if riding a roller coaster at a local amusement park, while being projectiled to their imminent doom. One thing it has over Angry Birds is that it is less terrifying and I assume PETA probably has no problem with us destroying these cutesy little blobs in the name of science.
So then what is the object of the game?
The point is pretty simple, shoot these colorful, and tragically sentient, balls of goo at equally gooey strings that explode on contact. Sound easy enough but factor in the variations of physics and add in points for stunts and you have a game that can change with every play. Stunts are essentially long chains that allow your splatter to destroy multiple strings at one time. This is an easy but not so easy feat. You have to double tap buttons, change direction in mid-air, and sometimes even reserve time and physics itself! That’s right you space fanatics, change time!
The Splatters are definitely the work of mad scientists, mad and morbid. Still though, much like Angry birds can get a bit redundant after the initial “oooh’s and “ah’s,” the splatters seems to be one of those games best fit to be played by younger players. Those for whom redundancy might be a plus, instead of a downfall. It’s fun to do on a rainy night or when your internet connection is down, but if you have CoD or BF3 to play, you’d probably set it aside for more engaging games.
Replay Ability: 2/5
Overall Rating: 3/5