Publisher: Little Worlds Studio
Have you every wished you could play Pong and Brickbreaker at the same time? Me too! Well, our day has finally come. Splash Duel HD is the game you’ve been waiting for.
There are 100 levels to unlock in Splash Duel HD. You must unlock one level at a time by beating the computer in the previous level. Each level has a colorful brink layout to give each level a different look and feel. But the idea is the same, score on your opponent. You score by hitting balls past your opponent, just like pong. The Brickbreaker part adds obstacles and releases upgrades and downgrades, which will cause your paddle to grow or shrink.
There are two types of gameplay in the 2 player mode; one is simple Versus mode where you try to score by hitting a ball past the other player just like the single player mode works. The other type, the Co-op mode, allows you and your friend to play as a team. As a team you must try to break as many bricks as possible before running out of balls, you only get five and once they are gone the game ends.
Aesthetically the game is very nice. The splash in Splash Duel HD comes from the underwater theme of the game. The music, sound FX, and graphics all fit in nicely with the aquatic theme. Personally, I feel games with themes that follow and stick to a specific idea are typically better formed and thought out. Splash Duel HD is one of those games. Because they stuck to the aquatic theme, the game comes together and feels complete.
The controls of Splash Duel HD are just like any App Store Pong or Brickbreaker games. You must slide your finger around the screen to control the paddle. One thing I’m not sure I like about the controls is that the paddle can move not only left and right but front and back as well. It can only move about an inch up and down but it really adds to the difficulty of getting use to the controls.
Addicting is one word to describe the single player mode, but the single player mode is nowhere near as fun as beating your friend in two player. There really is countless amount of gameplay within this game. 100 different levels of single player and endless amounts of multiplayer make paying $4.99 for this game an easy decision.
Overall Value for it’s $4.99 price point
Overall: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars