May 24, 2016
The ravenous sharks are back… in Hungry Shark World.
The game retains the visual charm of its predecessor, with fun 3d color use that clearly underscores the underwater/seaside environment. The developer does a pretty good job of simulating a natural aquatic environment, with dark hues and plenty of marine life wandering around in the three provided worlds.
The corresponding life and air scenes are believable as well, and the both scenes complement each other well. The animations are pretty slick, and, as an element to help convey aspects of the gameplay, are quite proficient.
Sounds? Appropriately gruesome when needed, and help frame the experience in a positive manner. The game is able to be played silently for those who need or want to, which is another testament to the graphics.
The core gameplay is fairly easy to understand, especially for those who played the original; one gets to start out with shark… basic, maybe a bit entry-level. Said sea beast is controlled via two main virtual buttons: one serves as a joystick, and the other is a boost button, which gives the shark temporary vitality. The shark has a life-bar that is continually consumed by just swimming around. If the bar is completely depleted, the shark dies.
There’s one way to keep the life-bar up. Consume food.
As such, one roams around, looking to eat smaller fish and a few other morsels. The schools of fish are smart enough to avoid the shark though, so one has to be crafty, quick of hand and willing to use that boost ability periodically.
Easy? Not so fast.
See, it’s not all marine goodness for the shark; some creatures bite (and sting back). Some things are toxic, and some things are just bigger. Some edibles can only be overcome by bigger sharks, and one has to do all this stayin’ alive while completing tasks like looking for gold. The game incorporates leveling, and one can procure better sharks (up to the famed Great White), but it takes a bit of time and patience.
All in, it’s a fun going, with easy-to-understand progressions and the ability to be challenging and creative.