Version Reviewed: 2.0
Device Reviewed on: iPhone 4
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Catasplat, from one-man indie developer Siso Solutions Limited, is a splat flinging, target hitting, obstacle dodging catapult game that sets up an enjoyable experience for this fresh out of the gate developer. The premise of the game is fairly common on the app store, fling an object, hit a target, get points, celebrate. The enjoyment of Catasplat comes from the layers that have been built into the delivery system, the characters behind the objects being thrown (or splats), and various factors that go into dictating how the splat behaves in the air.
The 5 step tutorial does a great job of breaking the splat launching down into very concise and simplistic terminology. Step one, choose the size of the splat (which each size has a cute name behind it). Step two, determine the angle of your catapult by adjusting the angle up or down using the pump system. Step three, choose your counterweight, which ultimately is a different splat of varying weight. Step four, indicate your power level, and step five.......SPLAT. It's complex in its simplicity. Which splat is best for launching, which splat is best for counterweight, is there an obstacle in the way that dictates arc, do I need to adjust my power level up or down for an accurate bulls eye? These are all questions I found myself contemplating each and every time I sent a splat to its demise.
It's been a long time since my last physics class, so from an accuracy standpoint I can't speak on how the equations look in the background. There are some concerns I have with the game though. As much as I tried to identify the unique qualities of Catasplat, I couldn't help but feel that this was just a new package of a game play style I have spent plenty of time with in the past. Considering this is from a one man team from a first time developer, I can't help but think a tried and true style from the app store is the safe move; and this tried and true game style is a super popular one. Those considering I can't help but simply appreciate Catasplat for what it is. I'm looking forward to what comes next from Siso Solutions.
All in all, $0.99 is a minimal risk to give this game a whirl, and fans of the slingshot, bow and arrow, catapult style games will find some interesting complexity and enjoyable features with this game. Those who have found themselves exhausted with this style may find respite somewhere else.