Don't Get Angry, Get Hungry in Angry Sharks
It's time to head to the beach and have some much needed fun in the sun. Getting a tan, drinking a glass of ice-cold juice and taking a dip in the sea are just some of the activities that you can enjoy in the summer. If you wanted to, you can even set sail and enjoy a day away from the crowd. But what if things go wrong and you end up stranded in the middle of the ocean? Taking a cue from some of Hollywood's hit horror movies, Angry Sharks lets you experience firsthand how it is to be the most popular guy or gal at the beach.
The concept is simple: steer clear of everything else in the water. Just like you though, the sharks aren't stationary. They move around, waiting for their next meal (a.k.a. you) to come swimming into their jaws. They are fast and they are numerous. How long can you survive against these great predators?
Arcade Style Action
Once you've navigated the game's rather bare bones main menu, you are immediately thrust into the action as either Jim or Caroline, a hapless swimmer stranded in the middle of the ocean. The deep blue is filled with obstacles such as mines and barrels. Hit one of them and your character dies. Of course, the main stars here are the sharks. There are two types to watch out for: the Great Whites and Hammerheads. Pass any of them and it'll be game over faster than you can say "help".
When it comes to simple controls, Angry Sharks is ahead in the race. With its top-down view and responsive gesture controls, you can focus your undivided attention to avoiding obstacles. There's no need to mind directional pad or trigger buttons. All you need to do is to drag your finger across the screen to whichever direction you want the poor guy to go and he will gladly swim there. That is, until you lose track of what shark is coming from which angle and he ends up inside its belly.
Release Date: 12/01/2016
Available on: Android
Swim, Swim, Swim
With a game like this, the ending is always the same. The swimmer gets eaten, period. There are no ifs and buts there, he just ends up as shark food. The good thing is, you can always try to beat your last high score by lasting just a bit longer. The swimming animation isn't really the smoothest but at least the control response is top notch. If you're new to these types of games, be prepared to panic. The difficulty scales pretty quickly and soon enough, you won't be seeing much of the blue ocean as it is swarmed by lots of angry predators.
Don't even bother keeping track of the patterns. The sharks will come from all directions, although rarely will they randomly dart towards your direction. For the most part, they are just as easily avoided if you dare to squeeze in between tight spaces of obstacles going off screen. Yes, that's right, off screen. It seems the developer wasn't able to limit the space Jim and Caroline can swim to so you can sometimes end up seeing only a third of their bodies.
Ugly Side Up
Angry Sharks is a decent time waster if you prefer straightforward games. The controls are accessible even to complete newbies and the game mechanics aren't hard to figure out even without a tutorial. However, the game is pretty rough. For one thing, the cheery, luau-type music loop is short and will likely drive you nuts in less than half an hour.
The graphics aren't anything fancy. The colors are washed out and the animations look as though they were done in about 5 frames per second. That's not the worst part, however. Being a free game, the ads are just as numerous as the sharks and they're even more obtrusive. They take up the whole screen, basically and pop out just when you place your finger to start a game.
So, should you play Angry Sharks? Maybe if you're bored and sleepy. It's easy enough to play and it will wake you right up with all its zany obstacles and insanity inducing music.
Angry Shark is developed by Tapinator.