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Review Plankton II: Spore World
Eat or be eaten as you swim these colorful waters
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 29 Apr 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Atmospheric soundtrack, unusual graphics, interesting plot
Needs a map, needs better perspective, unbalanced difficulty, bores you really quickly
Plankton II: Spore World for Android has some promise but I just wasn't very drawn into the play. It has a strong meditative feel to it, which can be nice, but the game just wasn't very interesting over time.
Plankton II: Spore World reminded me of a twist on Osmos HD in the sense that you are inside an eat or be eaten game environment. The play takes place in a body of water. You are a plankton wading through the waters. Eat spores that are smaller than you to grow big and strong. Encounter plankton that are larger than you, and you’d better run. So the object of the game is to fatten up and be the biggest plankton so you can gobble up everything in site.
The game is very atmospheric and ethereal. It’s almost meditative, which can be fun in a game. But the problem was that you can swim and swim forever and never encounter a thing to interact with. This game sorely needs some sort of map or method for letting you know where you are in relation to the spores you need to eat so you can complete the level. And truthfully, there really isn't much of anything on screen to give the feel of movement or sense of depth.
Amidst the bits of food are portals that take you to different depths of the waters. Sometimes if you dive too deep too soon, you’ll encounter creatures much bigger than you intent on gobbling you up. So be sure to eat everything at the depth you’re at so you can grow bigger before going deeper.
The controls are overly simplistic, mostly because there’s really not much going on here; at least not in the early rounds. A thumb pad style joystick is on the left and some wonky speed controls are on the right. The controls work ok, but the movement needs a little refinement.
Plankton II: Spore World is an ok game. I assume it gets more interesting as the levels progress, but I go so bored with it that I couldn't keep playing to find out where it all went. I think this game has promise but needs some development to truly be interesting.