If you love games that incorporate the tilt controller of the iOS devices, than be sure to check out Splash, by developer Enterra. Available for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad, Splash is a casual tilt game with fun “popping” game play.
When I spent time with Splash, immersing myself in the game play, and performed the iPhone app review, I found that players must maneuver a white ball with the motion tilt sensor, while using their fingers to pop other colored balls. However, there are dangerous black balls that must be avoided for a set period of time before they too can be popped (they’ll change color after a while).
Using the motion sensitive controller of the iOS, players must tilt their device to roll their white balls away from the black balls. Players also receive bombs to blow up the other balls, allowing them score even more points per level.
It’s pretty easy to get the hang of Splash from the get go. The game comes with a simple onscreen instruction guide at startup, allowing even newbs like me to have a good idea what to expect before diving it. Players are given a set number of white balls to start out with and every error they cause leads to one white balls being subtracted from their stock, until they are all out and the game is over.
Most impressive for me was just how noticeable the motion sensitive controller in Splash worked. It truly felt like I was tilting a real game board in front of me, trying to roll the balls without bumping them into each other.
The layout of Splash is pretty spartan but it allows you to focus on the game play without any distractions. Balls looks great, and are animated nicely, as are the wonderful “splashes” of paint when you pop a colored ball. Layout is easy to navigate, and games are saved to be resumed after exit if you wish.
Sounds in Splash are pretty simple yet enjoyable. There isn’t a background soundtrack (I really think a nice background beat would liven up the game) but there are delightful “popping” noises when you splash a ball, explosions when a bomb is popped, and a cheering noise prompt when you beat a level.
Splash offers support for the popular Open Feint game connection program, and it also boasts loads of levels and lots of frantic, action-packed game play. It’s a little light on variety and high on repetition, yet for its $0.99 price tag, many may find it worthwhile.
Splash iPhone app requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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