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Hungry Shark Evolution Review

By Dave Flodine, on November 22, 2012


Hungry Shark Evolution
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PROS

  • It's lots of fun gulping down such huge quantities of fish, birds, and even the elusive man.
  • A serene and picturesque environment despite all this mayhem.

CONS

  • The player seems a bit caged in in regards to exploration.

VERDICT

If you've ever wanted to play a hungry shark, gobbling up everything with-in swimming distance, this is definitely your game. It's a lot of fun too!


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There have been plenty of games through the years that have let us swim around under the sea as Dolphins, but very few that let us gain control of the master predator himself, Mr Shark (cause you damn well better approach these merciless killing machines with respect). Hungry Shark Evolution changes all that by presenting us with a game based on a stunning contrast. The serene beauty of swimming around the calm blue ocean, punctuated by a feeding frenzy of tropical fish, turtles, and man alike. Truly a smorgasbord for the senses.

And in terms of sensory pleasure, the game does deliver on sight, sound, and touch. The art style conveys a lush underwater world ripe for exploration, the sound creates a relaxing atmosphere, even when you're jumping up in the air to gobble up a pelican, and the controls do their best to aid the experience. The shark swims via a tight tilt interface, with a simple touch of the screen to engage the dash meter in case you wish to leap into the air, or chase down a particularly fast fleeing fish.

Your health is combined as a sort of stamina meter as well. If you don't continuously chow down everything in your path, your meter will go down, and the game is over once that reaches zero (and it can also be lowered by larger sharks, jellyfish, and all other sorts of nasties). Once dead, all the coins you've collected in your underwater travels can be used to upgrade your shark. During the game, nudging sea shells will unlock missions that when completed will reward you with coins and experience. Once your shark levels up enough, it will grow into a greater species, and more of the world will be at your fingertips.

And while these upgrade mechanics give a nice sense of progression tied into the mission structure, the underwater world that the game presents nurtures this want for exploration, yet so little of it is available to you from the get-go. This might discourage a little, but really, swimming around and chomping things is more than fun enough to recommend this title to anyone who wants an amusing, enjoyable way to pass some time.

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