Excerpt: I thank God every single day for planting me in the video game industry. I get to see and play so many innovative titles. I marvel on a weekly basis at the intelligent designs of so many video games. I never know what new interesting idea will cross my desk, but I am always willing to see it. The Splatters is an amazing Xbox 360 downloadable game.
Excerpt: Microsoft Game Studios sent over a code for an odd titled game “The Splatters”. I had no idea what to expect, then as the game starts and it helpfully shows you what to do in this goo flying puzzle physics game…I have to say, who knew playing with mutated phlegm could be so much fun?
Excerpt: Xbox Live Arcade games are usually more miss than hit, often by a significant margin. The bad ones are often cheap (meaning both inexpensive and poor quality) knockoffs of more popular titles, the mediocre ones may use a familiar mechanic in an interesting way while the great ones are few and far between and you've probably heard about them already.
Excerpt: Meet The Splatters. Little brightly coloured blobs of goop that are pure masters of acrobatics. These little guys live to entertain and go by a very simple motto – “Life’s short, so die with style.” To this end all these colourful liquid paint blobs want you to do is help them blow themselves up with style. And they die. All the time.
Excerpt: Puzzle games based on physics are becoming more and more common in the download arena. Developer SpikySnail is not about to miss out on the craze, as is evident with their latest XBLA title...
Pros: + Streamlined design, + Physics are spot-on, + Very colorful
Throw Goo At Bombs In This Experimental Playground
17 April 2012
Conclusion: Concept: Use physics and time travel to drench bombs in colored goo
Graphics: Bizarre backgrounds serve as playgrounds for impressive liquid effects
Sound: Not all the songs are winners, but a few invaded my subconscious after turning off the game
Playability: Flinging goo across the environment to splatter into a liquid mess is incredibly fun
Entertainment: The difficulty ramps up quickly once you leave the training levels, but quick restarts make it easy to be patient...
Excerpt: If stupendous puzzler Peggle and the cute gelatinous hero from de Blob had a teleportation accident à la Jeff Goldblum and the common household pest in The Fly , then The Splatters would be the result — except it’d be totally awesome and not a hideous Brundlefly monstrosity. Indeed, the goal in The Splatters is largely similar to that in its peg-popping precursor: to hit the little round targets — they’re bombs here — until the entire board is clear of them.
Pros: + Addictive “just one more round” puzzle gameplay., + Cute “characters” in the form of the splatters; colorful art style.
Cons: ? How long before the inevitable iPad version? The game seems like a perfect fit there, too.
Excerpt: Ever wanted to commit suicide? No? Me neither, but evidently the titular creatures in The Splatters were designed with suicide in mind; they have no self preservation and their only instinct is to commit suicide in the goriest, flashiest manner possible, which for some reason awards heaps of points. In their lifelong quest to end themselves, the splatters will ram themselves headlong into walls, impale themselves on spikes, or launch into a pile of explosive bombs.
Summary: The Splatters might well not exist if Angry Birds hadn't come along first and proven that there was a market for scowling projectiles. Here, the flying fowl are replaced with globs of suicidal slime, and the objects being destroyed are bomb clusters instead of nefarious oinkers, but the general concept--launch something carefully and watch it do as much damage as possible until it loses all inertia--remains intact. Levels in The Splatters take place on a single screen.
Pros: Simple but fun concept, Challenging puzzles, Vibrant visuals, Encourages competition