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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: There's no denying that The Splatters is easily one of the most polished and interesting physics-based puzzle games to have been released on Xbox Live, especially since the liquid-goo factor makes you change the way you approach the typical 'point it in the direction and fire' games.