Some time ago, I finally upgraded my ancient flip phone to a big-boy smartphone. It was a whole new world. And by “whole new world” I mean when my wife calls me, The Who’s “My Wife” now announces her. That’s life poetry, people. I also now potentially had something better to do than play a one minute previews of Tetris or Pac-Man on my phone while waiting in public for whatever reason. A whole world of addictively simplistic free touch-screen games was spread out before me. Poultry that has a beef with pork, undead-repelling vegetation, and other pastimes of filthy casuals were now mine to play wherever I wanted. But I quickly tired of them. There must be more… something for me.
Here’s a little Verboon fact for you all: if there is a shark in it, I will watch it/play it/read it, no questions asked. Why? Because sharks. They’re awesome, right? So scrolling through the free games list, I came across the title “Hungry Shark” by Future Games of London and all relevant information was in the title; there is a shark, it is hungry, and presumably it will get the opportunity get to satiate that hunger, possibly by consuming living creatures. I almost broke my touchscreen mashing “download and install”.
Playable sharks in videogames are a spectacularly underutilized concept. I remember playing “Jaws” for the NES, back in the day. A terrible game by most standards, but I played it for days and days in spite of the fact that you didn’t even play as the shark. Really, who makes a Jaws game and forces the player to play as the humans? Continue Reading »