Review Talking Tom Jetski
Guide Talking Tom as he drives his jetski
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 14 Nov 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Simple controls, easy gameplay, good graphics
Funny character design, some control issues
I somehow missed the Talking Tom apps that were apparently so popular during some point of mobile phones. It was the really weird art style that ultimately put me off from every trying to check it out and see what was happening. But now that I've played Talking Tom Jetski for Android, I see that despite the characters being so oddly designed, the game itself looks and plays totally fine.
I'm well passed enjoying endless runners. If I'm going to spend my time doing something on my phone, I'd honestly rather be doing something else. But if I wanted to have some fun, this wouldn't be a bad idea. The game is incredibly simple. Levels are procedurally generated using the same handful of assets, but you won't see patterns super often. To steer your boat you'll actually just tap, hold and drag it where you want to go.
Now, this control scheme did give me some trouble. I noticed that whenever I needed to pull some quick maneuvers, the controls would always fail and I'd die. I can't say for sure if it was something on my end or not, but it seemed to happen every time and I could steer fine any other time, which leads me to believe the game just can't handle quick movements that well.
The game's simplicity is also its downfall. There aren't any fancy levels, transitions, power-ups or anything at all. What you see within the first five minutes of the game is exactly what you can expect for the entire time you decide to play the game.
Talking Tom Jetski is a perfectly acceptable endless runner but I wouldn't call it fun. It's great if it's your first runner, but ultimately most people will find more enjoyable experiences in games that have a bit more substance.