More Reviews
REVIEWS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Rebor Review
Just a small update to the existing review for the PS4 version of the game. What are the benefits to upgrading? Check here to see. ~Ed. Nick Tan

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat Review
Cutting the ropes has never before made gravity so… pricey.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sniper Elite 3 Preview
Sending bullets through the hate.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14

Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release date: 05/20/14

Drakengard 3
Release date: 05/21/14


LATEST FEATURES The Gaming Charities at PAX East 2014
Pause your game and make a difference. Gamers can go beyond player two by helping many others with these charities.

4 PAX Indie Titles to Look Out For
We've given attention to all the higher profile games at PAX EAST, but now it's time for the indies.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
So much more than war...
By shandog137
Posted on 04/18/14
The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty  really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...

The Splatters Review

KevinS By:
KevinS
04/13/12
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Microsoft Game Studios 
DEVELOPER SpikySnail 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E Contains Mild Fantasy Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Today is a dirty way to die.


The Splatters is an interesting one, a physics-based puzzle game featuring blobs of sentient goo flying around trying to blow up bombs. It always makes me wonder how people get ideas for games, but I figure it's a process either I may never quite understand or I can't handle the drug load necessary to think something that odd is "a good idea". Not to imply they're actually doing drugs, but I can't understand how this comes to be a thing otherwise.

That said, it's a surprising amount of fun and challenge for the 800 points. In a style reminiscent of Worms, players have a small handful of special "stunts" to choose from: re-direction, power shots, rewinding to reverse direction, and a few other skills to buff out their slimy repertoire. And how do the bombs explode exactly? By splattering the conscious goos all over them like a liquid trigger! The more I think about it, the more grossed out I find myself. *shudder*



The puzzles range from easy one-stunt plans to some tricky, slippery craziness. Controlling is simple and easy to figure out, along with a tutorial mode that's very clear in helping grab the essentials. This is an example of pure gameplay for the sake of gameplay; if a mistake is made, it's obviously the fault of the player and not the game itself. Each stage is filled with loops, spikes, and crevices to aim for (and even lose a stray bomb into). Get ready, you masochists, you!

It's an interesting visual, somewhere between traditional animation and claymation in appearance. The whole thing looks almost akin to a pop-up book or maybe a board game with some raised bits and pieces. The Splatters themselves are like adorable little gelatin molds being shot around the stages and exploding on queue (or on spikes, whatever helps with exploding). When the goo has already popped and it's flying like a kid down a water slide, it looks really great and flows super-smoothly over the platforms.



With most puzzles being filled with Splatters to toss around, I'm a little surprised there's no way to play with a friend; I could see co-op missions being a lot of fun, whether played concurrently or one player moving at a time. There are high score boards, but that's just never the same.

That gripe aside, for a simplistic puzzle game for such a low price I can't find much of anything wrong with The Splatters. The control is tight, it looks great, contains a significant number of puzzles, and it's light on bells and whistles. It's everything to expect from the price point but is definitely an amusing way to spend a few minutes at a time, not meant to suck hours and hours into. It's splattery, just not sticky.

Code provided by publisher.
The Splatters
fullfullfullfullempty
  • Control is tight
  • Game is pretty
  • Steady difficulty level
  • Very affordable
  • No multiplayer
Reviews by other members
No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about The Splatters


More On GameRevolution