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Splasher (Xbox)

Developed by The Splashteam, Splasher was released back in February on PC for £10.99 (Currently on sale for £7.14) and has now made its way onto the consoles and is available now on PS4 and Xbox One for £11.99!

Splasher is a 2D platformer where you must rescue the Splashers who have been working at Inkorp for the evil owner, “Le Docteur”. Just what exactly is he planning? You are equipped with a backpack and as you go through the levels you will attain a water gun as well as different paint canons to help you traverse the levels.

Visually, Splasher is fabulously colourful with different paints having individual effects (red allows you to stick to, and yellow is bouncy and you have water to kill). It has been hugely popular to play with the kids around, with its friendly graphics and cartoon style.

On the whole, Splasher plays really well and the only time I have encountered slight framerate drop was when an achievement happened to unlock, thankfully it was just the once and other than that, the game runs smoothly even at the peak of chaos with bouncing around saws, trying to shoot nearby enemies and near-missing the lasers!

I really like the soundtrack on Splasher, especially when you die and respawn at the checkpoint and the music restarts and fades back in again (you’d have to hear it to know what I mean!). It is uplifting and bouncy (very in keeping with the game!) and spurs you on. It can get a little repetitive when you’re trying (and failing) to get through a particularly difficult part of the level but not in an irritating way. Sound effects have been done really well, from the sound of paints splashing to jumping, moving and shooting enemies around you… as always, a headset is best for proper immersion into the game.

Controls are so simple to pick up (run, jump, shoot) and it’s so easy to get lost in hours of gameplay without really realising! I haven’t had any issues with the controls’ responsiveness and if anything, its usually my own fault for overcompensating (on jumps, etc.) when I end up falling or dying. My one issue and its really only a slight grumble to be honest, but it would be nice if you could actually stand still and aim your gun, without having to move (you aim and move with left stick) around at the same time.

There are 22 standard levels with 7 Splashers available to rescue in each level (each has a letter and together they spell S-P-L-A-S-H-!), rescue all of the Splashers and you unlock bosses! Some of the Splashers will be dotted around the level for you to attempt to save (some are in perilous positions!), some are in quarantine which is almost like a mini level which you access through a portal somewhere within the level and the final “!” Splasher is locked in a cage at the end of the level whom you can rescue if you have collected 700 gold sparkle drops (which you get by splashing with water, rescuing other Splashers and killing enemies). I have raged a few times when I’ve tried to be diligent and still ended up with 694/700 when I got to the end. Gah!

Once you’ve completed all the levels you can then play through again on “Selfish Speedrun” where you must complete the entire game again just without having to worry about rescuing Splashers. On completion of the speedrun, you are awarded a medal based on the time it took you to complete the game… No pressure!

The levels are really well designed and never feel repetitive, some levels are easy and others are complete chaos with difficulty seeming to increase the further you go through the levels (and rightly so!). There is certainly plenty of gameplay to gain from Splasher and it’s a perfect game to come back to and not have to worry about controls, etc. as you can literally pick up and play. There are checkpoints throughout each of the levels which I was incredibly grateful for on the harder levels! On a couple of the arduous sections, I admit I did shout with triumph when I finally reached the next checkpoint!

Overall, Splasher has been an absolute joy to play! I can’t think of much to fault. If I had to give it a score it would be 9/10. More levels would be good, perhaps a co-op mode? I really can’t recommend this game enough, I love it!

Splasher has 47 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. A lengthy, well thought out list of achievements with plenty of creative requirements as well as some achievements for obtaining certain medals in speedrun mode and for completing the game. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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