Splasher is a fun cartooney 2D side-scroller developed by, oddly enough, Splashteam. It’s a small group of past Ubisolft/Rayman devs and you can see some influence on Splasher but it’s by far a different and new experience. You make your way through the evil Inkorp freeing your co-workers from impending doom at the hand of their boss Docteur.
You’re equipped with your pant cannon and three “inks” that allow you to navigate your way through the levels, defeat enemies and access hard to reach areas. Your ink gun can shoot Water which can kill certain enemies, activate switches/platforms and clear away some inks that are sprayed via automatic sprayers.
There’s StickInk which allows you to walk on walls and cielings. This is very handy for getting around enemies, hazards like buzzsaws and get to hard to reach platforms. Finally there’s Bouncink which makes any surface bouncy. Once high enough in the levels you’ll be able to switch between the different inks and play levels in different ways. You’ll go much faster bouncing around the levels than climbing with the stickink but it can get kind of crazy bouncing from wall to wall with buzzsaws and enemies all around.
With 20+ levels, multiple objectives in-level (you need to save 8 fellow workers in every level), time attack and Speedrun you shouldn’t have any trouble spending hours upon hours playing the game. All that being said, if you’re an achievement whore I’m sure you’ll be spending plenty of time 1000/1000-ing the game but otherwise it seems like it’s something to play for just a little bit and then put away. My only other issue with the game is the controls for aiming the ink gun.
You aim with the same control stick that you walk around with, so it’s gotten tricky and easy to walk off platforms/die. One other problem, and that may be for my cheap ass, is that it’s listed for $14.99, and for me that’s a bit steep for this type of arcade game. I keep seeing reviews out there that say it’s like Super Meat Boy (which most games of this type somehow get compared to) but just because it’s like it doesn’t mean it should be priced like it. Games like this (to me) should top out at $9.99. One of the things I gauge it by is Minecraft. You can get Minecraft for $19.99 and that game is essentially endless. Overall it’s worth a play, if $14.99 isn’t a game breaker for you then go for it, otherwise wait for a deal with GWG or wait for Christmas!