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CorkyTheCod is a delightful under-sea excursion, and if you’re looking for a few hours of solid gaming, it might just do the trick.
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Concept and Gameplay
We can honestly say that, at the very least, we’ve never seen CorkyTheCod’s premise anywhere else! You’ll play as Corky, who is in fact a cod. Your goal? To avoid all of the predator fish in the sea, lest ye be eaten and lost in the frothy brine.
Poetry aside, the game really isn’t hard to get a grasp on. Players control Corky using a starfish at the bottom (think of our little five-fingered friend as a joystick), sliding left or right to go up or down on the screen.
In this way, players avoid all of the baddies that want to eat them, while trying to simultaneously gulp up point-giving—and apparently radioactive, by the looks of things—shrimp. Every gulp gives points, while every miss deducts a point.
It’s a cruel mistress, CorkyTheCod. At times the gameplay can be quite difficult. However, it’s still a lot of fun, and the fact that you’re required to get all of the shrimp only makes it that much more engaging.
All in all, this is a unique concept, and though we’d like to see it complimented with some power-ups, it’s still a solid one.
Design and Graphics
CorkyTheCod is not a bad-looking game, though it does toe the line between what we’d call retro and what others might call less-than aesthetic. For instance, the character models remind us of olden times arcade games from the mid-90’s: Back when everything had a nautical theme.
However, others might not be as taken by the graphics, which are at the least a sharp contrast to the modern iOS interface’s polish.
We also had some problems with the game’s physics engine. It feels soggy at times, delivering movements slightly after we would expect them. This is only a problem when we’re trying very hard to get to a shrimp, only to find that we cannot because we’ve hit a predator by accident.
It is definitely hard to argue with the value that CorkyTheCod represents, though. It’s a free game in the App Store, though you can pay to remove ads if you choose. Other than this, you can enjoy everything it has to offer without so much as a cent disappearing from your bank account!
That’s a bargain to us, and though CorkyTheCod may need some updating before it’s an iOS classic, it’s more than already on the right track.
CorkyTheCod requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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