The Adventures Of Spunk Dodgers And Splat Review (Android)

Posted on by HB Duran
RATING
  • Visuals
  • Sound
  • Controls
  • Gameplay
  • Replay Value

In case you couldn’t guess from the title, The Adventures of Spunk Dodgers and Splat (Spunk and Splat for short) is a zany and colorful game that that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Developed by Bolder Games (Robo Shark Rampage), this challenging platformer takes visual cues from Rick and Morty and level difficulty from classic platformers of the 80s and 90s.

Visuals – 5/5

Spunk and Splat‘s art style could make it fit in nicely with any Adult Swim lineup, from characters to environments and whatever far-out acid trip that inspired these level enemies. Farting geysers, acid-spitting plants . . . there is a naked guy with a big head jumping up and down saying, “Hey!” and the moon appears to be screaming. So, yeah.

The animation is smooth and Splat’s design leaves no doubt that he could have popped right out of a TV show. When you complete a level, Splat does the wave, which is really fun to watch, in itself.

Sound – 4/5

Each level is accompanied by a loop of bouncy electronica that will get your head bobbing. It’s the only track you’ll hear, though, aside from the main menu—and there aren’t any options to turn off the sound, so if the tune gets old your only choice is to turn the volume down on your device.

Sound effects are simple but do their job, especially when Splat . . . err, splats. Boulder Games didn’t over-complicate the sound needlessly, which is a win in my book.

Gameplay – 3.5/5

Spunk and Splat was designed to be hard. If you get easily frustrated or value your save points, this game is not for you. Players are instantly—and I do mean instantly—thrown into the action without so much as a countdown, which means you will die. A lot. The object of the game is to collect enough ship parts to pass the level, but that’s something you figure out on your own. The game doesn’t offer any clues as to what the heck you’re supposed to do except survive.

If Splat gets killed, the level automatically starts over without warning. Players have to constantly be on their toes!

If you check out this game, I highly recommend reading these comics first—that way you get a feel for what’s going on and who Captain Spunk Dodgers and Splat are. For me, not including these in the game or at the very least letting players unlock them somehow, feels like an injustice to the characters.

Controls – 5/5

Splat automatically runs, so all players have to do is time his jumps. If you think that’s easy, think again. Splat can jump or double-jump, but one false move and it’s back to the beginning. I didn’t encounter any delayed reactions to my taps or lack of responsiveness, which would be a dealbreaker for a game of this style.

Replay Value – 1/5

As it is now, The Adventures of Spunk Dodgers and Splat is a one-and-done game. It feels like a really solid demo for a larger game that I’d like to unlock. There are no incentives for replaying levels aside from unlocking Google Play achievements, and you’re never entirely sure what score you have to reach to pass the level in the first place. There are, however, 50 levels so if you’re stubborn, I say go for it!

Overall – 4/5

I like this game, but it doesn’t feel complete. I feel like gamers would really get a kick out of its art style alone, but the concept and awesome character designs feel wasted without some kind of introduction or at least a main title screen telling Splat to go find parts. Nothing in this game is a deal breaker for me, and any one of my complaints could easily be remedied with an update.
I recommend trying this one for yourself. If you do, you might also want to play it on a tablet if you can to give you a wider view of each level.

The Adventures of Spunk Dodgers and Splat is available now for only 99¢ on Google Play and the App Store. Search for Spunk and Splat!

HB Duran
VGNS Founder, HB Duran is a gamer, artist, musician and occasional game dev. From early forays into all-night NES sessions, her career has blossomed into working as a game industry journalist, artist, QA tester and consultant. “HB” plays a variety of game genres and platforms, but is best known for her love of Silent Hill.

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