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      20.06.2013 18:37
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      A fun, simple game which whiles away time

      Shark dash is an application game by gameloft for both apple on iPhone, iMac and ipad, android phones, kindle and pc and it's free! Or you have the option of paying 69p for the upgraded version on some platforms.

      Since purchasing my iPhone I have downloaded lots of applications some of which are mini games to occupy my time whilst waiting say for a train.

      Shark Dash is exactly right for that sort of thing, it's not to taxing to the brain and you can finish a level very quickly.

      **** GAME PLAN ****

      On the home screen you start off with a basic bathtub with your little shark happily diving in and out with rubber rings and toys. If you press on this you come to a numbered block screen, which gives you an entrance to individual levels. For each level you are awarded one to three stars depending on how well you complete - one star for all ducks, one star for all coins and one star for how many shots. Very simple in it's idea and is easy to understand so that most ages can play.
      Each level starts with your shark in the bathtub and lots of gold coins dotted around and various hoops, slides, tubes and ducks. The screen will tell you what you have to achieve - all ducks in one shot. You also get hints from time to time - soap sinks in water.
      Your shark will have a arrow above his head which when you touch and hold your shark will spirt water in the direction he will aim as soon as you let go, watch out though if you shot him out over the tub or onto a panel he cant get off he dies in 3 seconds out of water ☹ and if you run out of shots..... the plug gets pulled ☹ The games get more complex as you progress.
      The actions are simple to perform and the fact that you can press and hold the screen makes it great for small screens - not sure how this works with pc? They must have other ways of playing it. Because of the spirt of water it is easy to see where you are aiming and therefore have far better control of your shark than at first thought.

      Buttons on the home screen also allow you to link with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, gift the app to some one, see more games from gameloft, play live or go to the shop.
      There are also buttons for your achievements and missions and a settings section to get help.
      In the shop you can upgrade your shark, get elixirs, buy coins and special effects. Some items can be bought with the coins you collect but some have to be bought with real money! I have never felt the need to do that.

      **** OVERALL ****

      The game is very bright and fun cartoon looking so appeals to the masses.

      Gameloft is a well know company that makes lots of games so I had no issues downloading the game.
      Only real downside is you get adverts, which you may not get with paid versions, but at least you can see new promotions and they are easy to close.

      It is a fun little game, which is surprisingly addictive. Great fun for a few minutes to while away the time for both children and adults. It is a game that some could get bored of quickly but I think if you leave it for a while and come back to it, it has the same appeal. Or you could just delete it when bored it is free after all!

      Review maybe posted on Dooyoo and Ciao under the same username.

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        25.02.2013 10:07
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        Lacks a little bite

        Following the success of Angry Birds, it's not surprising that every other games publisher is rushing to develop its own version that will capture the imagination of casual gamers everywhere. Gameloft's Shark Dash is their attempt to muscle in on the action.

        As with Angry Birds, the idea is simple. You are a toy shark in a bath and have to leap around and eat all the rubber ducks. To help you, there are ramps and tubes and you can bounce off walls or other items to help you to reach otherwise hard to get ducks. You have to do this within a maximum number of moves, although the fewer moves you use, the higher your score will be

        There's no denying that Shark Dash looks fantastic, particularly on the iPad's larger screen. It has a superb cartoon look and feel to it that outstrips the simpler graphics of Angry Birds. Your shark is a cute little chap who claps and cheers when he is doing well and looks suitably glum when he fails. He oozes character, and his cartoon-like nature allows you to overlook the fact that his main mission is to kill ducks! The yellow ducks themselves are equally full of character. When the shark is nearby, they dash around with a look of wild panic in their eyes, which adds to the fun in a slightly odd way. The rest of the graphics are full of vibrant colours that really stand out and add to the visual appeal.

        Sound was something of a let-down. To accompany the cartoon visuals, I expected cartoon-like tunes and effects. Whilst there are some fun little tunes (when you complete a level, for example) these are used sparingly and only in short bursts. The rest of the time, the game is played in an odd sort of silence, interspersed with the occasional sound effect (the splashing of war, the quack of the ducks). This robs the game of some of its atmosphere. This is a game that's crying out for a jolly, cartoon-like tune playing permanently in the background and lots of cartoonish sound effects.

        The controls also steal from Angry Birds. To move your shark, you simply touch him and stretch your finger back to set the desired strength and direction, then let go. That's pretty much all you need to know. The controls in level 1 are pretty much the same as those on level 100, which makes the game instantly accessible to people of pretty of all ages and experience. Despite their simplicity, they do provide a good degree of control over the shark and you'll soon find that you can bounce him of walls or fling him through tubes with ease.

        Although it obviously borrows heavily from Angry Birds and tries to replicate the magic formula, there's just something lacking in Shark Dash to make it that global success. It's fun enough, but it lacks that Angry Birds addictiveness. Play a game of Angry Birds and you'll find yourself playing it for hours, even though you only intended to have a "quick game".

        Shark Dash is missing that. Individual levels are fun enough and well thought out, but there's a spark missing. I vaguely enjoy it when I'm playing, but it's nothing more than a way to pass a few minutes. Unlike Angry Birds I tend to find that the action becomes a little repetitive after a while. The levels themselves don't show as much imagination and so aren't quite as much fun. If someone told me I had to delete it off my iPad and couldn't ever use it again, it wouldn't cause me any great hardship. If someone told me that about Angry Birds, I'd fight them to the death
        For casual gamers a casual way, it offers little in the way of long term challenge. Most reasonably competent gamers will breeze through the levels with little difficulty. There's an attempt to add to the longevity by giving levels replay value (collecting the maximum number of stars or completing each level in the minimum number of moves). However, the gameplay is just not compelling enough to make you want to do this. Once I had completed all the levels, I had no desire to go back and collect the missing stars. Again, this contrasts with Angry Birds, which I am still trying to 100% complete over three years after first playing it.

        Shark Dash costs the same to download as the older Angry Birds titles (69p), but in terms of value for money, there's really no contest. Shark Dash might look better, but it's just not as fun in the gameplay stakes. It's a perfectly competent game but somehow is just lacking that certain something to make it a must-have download.

        (C) Copyright SWSt 2013

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