Splash it!: Written iPhone App Review
When it comes to iPhone games, we’re quite fond of the this whole arcade genre. We’ve mentioned it before, and though we also appreciate a good utility app, we certainly love a game that gives us high scores, a unique premise, and a whole lot of frantic tapping. Thankfully, Splash it! by developer Talo delivers all of this and more. Want a more in-depth at this paint splattered gaming title for the iPhone? Then you need only to slide your brush on down below the break. Staring with:
Concept and Functionality
The basic idea behind Splash it! looks something like this: You play the game by watching paint bubbles fall from the ceiling toward a barbwire fence. As they drop you must tap them to pop them. However, to be popped, they must also match the color of the wall behind. How do you change that? By tapping the colored buttons along the bottom of the screen. If you’ve understood it correctly, then you know where this is going.
You’ll spend most of your time frantically tapping the bottom of the screen only to shoot up to tap as many bubbles of the same king as you can in one go. After that, it’s back to the bottom, back for more combos, hoping desperately that you don’t end up with too many bubbles on the wire. If you do run out of brushes (or “lives”) it’s game over, and you’ll have to start the whole escapade over again. Then again, as the game comes with all the classics you’d expect—in-game currency, high scores, competitive combos—you’ll hardly be put off by the need to play a bit more. Then again, we do have some concerns that the game may be too repetitive for some.
Graphics and Design
On that note, we should mention a few of the niggles inherent to Splash it!. First of all, the concept is extremely unique, but not yet quite as smooth as we’d like it. For instance, the frequency of paint bubbles seems to vary wildly, which leads to a rough flow in the gameplay. We liked the graphics style quite a bit, but we also wish that the buttons on the bottom were somehow slightly easier to reach. We know, we know: That’s the point. But still, a more fluid way to control it all would help us feel more at ease with Splash it!.
Still, at the end of the day, Splash it! is a great new arcade game for the iPhone, and if you’ve got a dollar to spend—we’re assuming you do—then you can hardly go wrong. It’s a paint-slashingly fun time, and as future updates bring along more content and upgrades, then Splash It! will only turn into the oil masterpiece it promises to be.
Splash it! is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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