Updated: Hungry Shark Review

Hungry Shark has just received an update that doubles the size of the gameworld and adds to the cast of sea creatures waiting to become our hero’s dinner. And here you thought it was safe to go back in the water”¦

Now when you open the game, you’re asked if you’d like to play Part 1 or Part 2. Part 1 is the entire original game, which was already enormous. Part 2 is a brand new gigantic sea that’s full of new creatures to gobble up, new items to collect, and the same old hunger pangs to fight off. There’s also a ridiculously large boss hidden away, waiting to be found and chomped to death.

The tilt controls have been tweaked, and although we didn’t have much trouble with them before, they do feel tighter now. Our starved shark always seems to go exactly where we want him to.

Even though the game has been renamed “Hungry Shark – Part 2,” it contains Part 1 as well, so rest assured that you’ll get all the content that’s available if you download it now. The update may just give us more of the same, but in this case that’s a good thing.

If you watch Jaws and feel sorry for the soulless, black-eyed beast, then Hungry Shark is right up your alley. In this game you take control of a shark with an overactive metabolism and gobble up just about everything you come across.

We say “just about everything” because, big as you are, some things in the sea can do you harm. For instance, jellyfish and underwater mines should always be avoided, while puffer fish, swordfish, and angler fish can be chomped if you go about it right. But everything else, from seagulls and fish to unlucky scuba divers, can be eaten with immunity.

Om nom nom.

Eating fills your health bar, while going without food or getting injured takes away from it. So you’ll spend the whole game swimming around the sea, constantly looking for creatures to swallow. And since this is a high score game, there’s no end to it. You’re just trying to outdo your previous scores and the scores of other players on the leaderboards.

Tilt controls are your only option, and they work reasonably well. Besides some Jaws-inspired music and an assortment of chomping sounds, there’s not much going on aurally under the sea. On the other hand, you’ll stumble across lots of interesting things as you explore the enormous world, like a dynamite-flinging fisherman and the occasional moon on a stick (it looks just how it sounds).

The dangers of the deep.

When you eat anything, from the smallest fish on up, a strikingly large amount of blood clouds the water around you. We found this funny, but friends of shark attack victims might take umbrage. Others might think the game is too easy, and the case could certainly be made for that. But we had a great time exploring the gameworld, and were glad that death was easily avoidable.

Overall, Hungry Shark is more about swimming around and having fun than about giving yourself a challenge. Because there’s not much to do other than explore and eat, it won’t keep you occupied for long; but if you give it a chance, you’ll find that the underwater world is surprisingly expansive and full of interesting things. If that’s enough to make you happy, then Hungry Shark satisfies.

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