iPhone Game Review: Waves: Survivor Reviewed by ninjackid
"Row, row, row your boat, panicky down the sea! There's a big shark, there's a big shark, coming after me."
Ok, so maybe that was a bit cheesy. But you will be rowing your boat frantically to escape from the big man-eating shark that's after you in Waves: Survivor!
Johnny Calm is stranded, but unlike the people on Lost, he didn?t end up on an island where you can sleep, take in the scenery, maybe pick a banana or two to eat. No, he's stranded right in the middle of the ocean. And to make things worse, he?s got a huge shark chasing him and other sea creatures that want to get his way, and all he has to defend himself is his paddle. That's where you come in.
Waves: Survivor is sort of like an endless runner, in which you'll have to keep Johnny alive and paddle further and further away from the shark that?s chasing him, all the while trying to avoid smaller animals and collect coins. A meter at the top of the screen shows how close the shark is and turns red when it's too near.
Controlling Johnny is simple, with virtual buttons to paddle right, left, attack and jump. Tilting your device leans your rowboat back and forward to prevent water from coming in your vessel. If too much water accumulates, then you'll be thrown in the water in a type of mini-game, where you have to tap a button repeatedly to swim up, and tilt your device to avoid obstacles. One of the most outstanding elements of the game is the realistic water physics, which add to the whole lost-at-sea theme.
Back on your boat, occasionally coins appear and when you get a certain amount of coins, a mermaid comes to give you a special collectible item, and you can view all your collectible items from a main menu. She might also give you a segment of your life back which comes in very handy in desperate times.
All of this makes for a unique pick-up-and-play title, but currently is not enough to keep your attention for too long. Fortunately, the developer has promised to update the game, so without a doubt Waves: Survivor is only going to get better.
Graphics & Sound
While the graphics are nothing extremely ground-breaking, they are very nicely done, the water and the characters are very well rendered. But what really shines in Waves: Survivor is the beautiful night/day cycle, which range from pretty sunrises reflecting off the water, to dark landscapes lit by moonlight.
The sound is done well, with somewhat relaxing soundtracks and good sound effects. iPod music is also supported.
Waves: Survivor is definitely an interesting and fun title, and adds a lot of its own unique gameplay into the average arcade pick-up-and-play games. The frantic pace and non-stop action make for an intense gameplay. While the gameplay doesn?t last long, it has a short and sweet feel to it. As the developer has promised an update, we are eager to see what?s in store for the gamers. So keep checking back!
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 4 - Graphics are good, with a beautiful unique night/day cycle. Sound: - 4 - Good music and sound effects, realistic water sounds. iPod music supported. Controls: - 4 - Simple virtual buttons, with good use of tilt controls works very well. Gameplay: - 4 - Great, unique lost-at-sea gameplay, with lots of collectibles and great water physics.
Playing Hints and Tips:
Read all the tips included in the game itself, a lot of helpful tips in there.
IT'S A WHOLE NEW GAME! - Knock out enemies by jumping on them - Carolina the Mermaid gives you health - Rock out and attack enemies at the same time for big points - Highly tuned control response - Highly tuned control behavior - Game play pacing, balancing, and tuning - Refined water physics - New water interaction (push back force) - Richer, more vibrant graphics - Improved night and dusk visibility - Tuned game physics - Various bug fixes
Thanks to our fans for your feedback. We hope you enjoy this drastically improved update.