Splishi Splashi review (iOS / Universal)

July 31, 2012

“Surface slowly at your own speed, waiting for some sky”

10 word description: Endless swimmer. Collect orbs, evade predator. Retro graphics. Game Center.

10 word review: Simple, fun, good controls, great music, very addictive and entertaining.

You will like this if you enjoy: One-touch endless runner/swimmer/flyer type games.

The good news: The one-touch relative/analogue control for the fish’s swimming/jumping angle is very good. Retro graphics are nicely done. Music is excellent. Gameplay – collecting orbs/coins and achieving greater and greater distances while avoiding obstacles – is finely tuned and a lot of fun.

The bad news: There’s a scrolling advert on the menu screen, but it’s hardly worth complaining about so I won’t… although I suppose I just did.

Arcadelife verdict: In a crowded genre, what do you need to stand out? A cute fish, retro graphics, great music, reliable controls and solid gameplay are a good start. Although the game relies heavily on repetition (like the majority of endless/distance games) and lacks any additional modes, what you do get is quite a lot of fun. It’s also moderately easy with obstacle collisions slowing you down rather than instantly killing you. Overall – well worth getting.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 9/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 6/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 81/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
iTunes link

Splishi Splashi website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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