SPLATRPULT!: Written and Video iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review we have recently been seeing a whole lot of new entries into the action puzzler genre. We’re not complaining about this in the slightest: We’re quite the fan, which is why we’re rather stoked to be bringing you a full review of Splatrpult by developer StevieSpin Digtal Media. The app introduces an entirely new gaming concept to the field, involving heaps of paint, cute critters, and endless shooting. We like it a lot, and if you’re looking for our full review, you’ll find it tucked away below!
Concept and Gameplay
The basic premise behind the app’s gameplay looks something like this: It presents the user with a blank shape, devoid of any color. The user must then grab various paint-filled ball-shaped critters from the left side of the screen, load them up into the slingshot at the middle of it, and fire away at the blank outlines. This continues until all of the “splatties” as they’re called are gone. At this point, the user must have filled at least 90% of the shape’s area to clear the level. In later parts of the game, this is much harder than it sounds.
The game also doesn’t make your job any easier—this is a good thing. Later on you’ll need to mix together your paints to create specific colors, or even use certain colors in certain areas. It’s a wonderful mess (often literally) and you’ll need to aim precisely while leveraging your various units well to achieve victory. Oh, and did we mention the SuperSplats, which allow you to bombard, laser point, and otherwise conquer the levels with impunity? They’re also quite nice—though you might have guessed that already.
Design and Graphics
All in all, we have very little to complain about with the app’s design. We liked the graphics, as well as the general interface layout, which suited us just fine. The controls really are as simple as dragging and shooting, which means Splatrpult takes only seconds to learn. However, there’s a richness in gaming potential here that easily makes it replayable. We weren’t fans of the game’s soundtrack, which we found utterly annoying, but on a list of important bugs to fix, our minor complaint hardly rates. In other words, Splatrpult is solid nearly from beginning to end.
Best of all, Splatrpult is completely free in the App Store! You’re limited to one gameplay mode, but unlocking the other will only cost you a dollar, which is hardly too much to ask for the amount of content and gameplay that you’ll be getting out of the app. Overall, we think it’s a great new addition to the genre, and we’re eager for more updates to come along, brining more content and a better soundtrack. Splatrpult comes recommended.
Splatrpult requires iOS 3.2 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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