Jan 27, 2015
Risky Waters sounds like an exciting concept. Beset by evil serpents from beyond this world, the player must sail down a river as combat and destruction grips the land, destroying these mighty beasts with a ship mounted cannon. Failure to destroy the flying abominations allows them to breathe fire on your delicate craft. Killing off monsters grants experience that makes the cannon stronger. Shooting hearts can repair your redoubtable ship on the fly.
Unfortunately, the actual gameplay is very dull indeed. The game plays a bit like a shooter, one stick to aim and another to shoot. These controls make it very easy to target the airborne serpentine threat. The gameplay however is very dull indeed. The viewpoint is set so close it is down to pretty much luck if the player can take down a dragon before it sets fire to their ship and the game is extremely boring due to the one note gameplay and lack of skill required. There are no hidden depths or gameplay surprises here.
This could have been redeemed slightly if there was some kind of upgrade or experience system to permanently upgrade the player’s ship or its wussy little cannon, but experience only counts for the particular game it is earned in and seems to have little effect. It is not obvious what leveling up does for the player.
Risky Waters also looks really bad. The graphics are drawn in a style which is both painful to look at and poorly colored. Bug eyed, purple dragons look like something from a fever dream. The aforementioned super close camera also makes playing the game much harder than it should be. At least the game is distinct enough on small screens and never lags or stutters.
The sound is unexciting. The weak blip of your cannon does not evoke any atmosphere and dragons are rather quiet. The music is passable.
Risky Waters is a dull, ugly looking game that really isn’t worth anyone’s time. There are a multitude of way better shooters on Android.