LA Shark Game

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Is there anything more outrageous than the thought of a massively destructive shark laying waste to an entire city? The answer these days is actually yes, due to films like the insane Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus or the ridiculous Sharknado. However, in the flash game world, it doesn’t get more ridiculous yet more ridiculously entertaining than playing games like Los Angeles Shark. Though just one in the long line of Mausland’s shark-based destruction games, Los Angeles Shark is arguably the most stylish and the most outrageous (ly entertaining) title of the series yet. The overarching aim of the game is destruction, but its components are marginally more complex than this, and are covered in more detail in this review.

Fast-Paced Gameplay

If you’ve not yet dipped your toe in the waters of Mausland’s shark games before, then Los Angeles Shark is probably the best introduction to the series’ gameplay. It involves beginning a “run”, which is essentially one trip through the entire city, destroying everything you possibly can as you go. The aim here is to score as many points as possible by swimming in the water and emerging from beneath the surface much on human flesh, destroy vehicles, and even bring down planes and helicopters for extra points. It’s quite a ridiculous concept in general, of course (though no more ridiculous than, say, Shark Lifting 2) but the cross-section view of the water and the city is a perfect framework within which you can work as hard as possible to cause maximum destruction.

The gameplay itself is extremely fast in its pace. The physics don’t feel quite right, but realism isn’t what the developers have gone for here. You leap out of the water to a great height using the directional arrows, bite things with the Ctrl or A key, and splash back into the water only to repeat the same and do it again. You travel through various areas of Los Angeles as you swim from left to right, never stopping until you reach the end of the run. The points you score with each object you destroy and your kill streaks are tallied up at the end of the run. After that, you can choose to begin again in order to aim for an even higher score.

Destruction and Design

This game is all about destroying pretty much anything in sight, and that’s what makes it so fun. Humans are small fodder in the grand scheme of things (though eviscerating hundreds of people is still fun to do), particularly if you consider the fact that you can take down all manner of objects, from hang-gliders travelling calamitously low over the city to planes and helicopters. The latter is especially hard to bring down, and requires that you clamp onto it and repeatedly mash the down key to drag it towards the water. It’s worth it, though, since you gain quite a lot of points for doing so. There’s also an achievements system like in Mausland’s previous games too like New York and Sydney Shark, and this rewards you for destroying various objects and causing a certain levels of destruction.

As for the game’s design, it’s packed full of pop-culture references just waiting to be “gotten”. Even the game’s menu screen is a blatant reference to the Grand Theft Auto story-board style of illustration, and you’ll find other references within the destruction of the shark runs ranging from celebrity nods to allusions to sports teams.

The fast-paced nature of the gameplay means that there’s little room for realism when it comes to the physics, however. The shark leaps out of the water with ease and spends a lot of time in the air. It doesn’t feel real, but you’ve already let the realism boat sail when agreeing to play a game in which a shark can bring down a helicopter. This has always been the case with Mausland’s shark games however.

So if you can stomach the outrageous and bombastic nature of the concept itself, you should very much enjoy the wanton destruction and unnecessary (yet entertaining) violence that this game offers up as standard.

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