Splat 2D: All The Whack-A-Mole Action You Can Stand On Your iPhone

Splat 2D for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Price: $0.99
Rating:

 Splat 2D iPhone app, by developer Appstart, is a creatively designed, simple, and ingeniously addictive game for the iPhone with a distinct, frenzied twist. It bears a lot of similarity to other Whack-A-Mole clones available for the iPhone, and the title isn’t yet the perfect package we’d like it to be, but it still provides a hefty amount of wallop—no pun intended—for the dollar price of entry. For our full thoughts on this mini-game-esque title for the iPhone, head on down beyond and check out the full iPhone app review after the break!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, Splat 2D bears a heck of a lot of similarity to the classic carnival game Whack-A-Mole. If you’ve never had the chance to play this kid-oriented game, it involves smacking various critters on the head as they pop up from below, usually through a random set of holes that are scattered about the game board. The more monsters you can swat, the better the score. It’s a classic mechanic, and one we’re quite fond of, especially for its stress-relieving properties.

All of the glory of that ye olden game mechanic is preserved in Splat 2D, though there’s also a thin narrative attached to the title. The game involves just about the cutest alien invasion we’ve ever seen, as the player’s virtual house has been overrun by extraterrestrial varmints that appear sporadically in the furniture. Users must splat the invaders, but avoid the cat that appears now and again. That being said, there’s not too big a penalty for slapping everyone’s favorite pussy: There’s a modest point reduction, but it’s not a game ending affair, which we found interesting.

 

Design and Controls

Splat 2D for iPhone

Splat 2D for iPhone

There’s a wealth of levels to be played inside Splat 2D, which we very greatly appreciated. The game moves the player about a virtual house, changing rooms each time the previous level is conquered. However, the game is almost too easy, as we had no difficulty at all moving from room to room. This may bother some (like us) but may be ideal for others.

As many levels as there are, we still would have liked to see integration with Game Center. Splat 2D makes it easy to create multiplayer profiles and engage in some co-op play, but we’d like nothing more than to compare our scores to those of the global leaders, or earn some achievements for our efforts.

Overall Value

Considering Splat 2D is situated just inside our one dollar sweet spot, there’s really no reason not to give the application a go. It’s a fun title, though perhaps one a bit light on the heavier content, and it will easily fill up a few hours in the morning commute.

Splat 2DSplat 2D requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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