Review: Seal Force (iPhone)
Title: Seal Force
Platform: Android, iPhone, iPad (Reviewed on iPhone 4S)
Developer: Tactile Entertainment
Publisher: Tactile Entertainment
Tagline: Color Matching with high production values
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Verdict: At a Free price point, it is worth seeing if it fits your style
As of late, it is interesting to see the amount of production values that are going into the latest iPhone and Android OS games that are coming out. I for one was one of those snobbish gamers that felt mobile gaming was too crude and ugly to want to participate in, but the quality coming out of recent releases has been a mea culpa of sorts. One such game is Seal Force, a new title for both the iOS and Android platforms. While its premise is simple on the surface, and a tad bit repetitive, its high end production values give it a shine that is normally found on high profile console releases and extra rotation on your phone.
Seal Force focuses on a team of three seals – Fonzie, Sarge and Milo – as they defend the oceans of the world from fish that gather in packs of matching color and apparently have conspired to commit acts of no good. The quality animated cut scenes set you up for the missions at hand, which require you to draw lines from your seal to the targets on the other side of the map. At first, things are simple, with color groups coming slow enough to manage, but as you work your way through the included levels, the fish groups come at you fast, and you are frantically having to manage your seals as they take out groups of fish.
Of course, between missions you do have the luxury of visiting the in-game upgrade store to use your upgrade slots to buy powerups, armor and more. While you do earn shell currency in Seal Force, you can speed things up a bit with some currency purchases via real life money. But it is nice that you can earn all of the unlockables with determination and patience if you are willing to do so in game.
But the problem is that the game starts to wear out its welcome after short stints. Seal Force is all about the same color matching premise that we have seen in countless other titles. You are drawing lines from your seals to the groups of fish, but you can only use one seal at a time, making things a bit slow and frustrating more often than not. The occasional special fish are also not quite explained, and I was confused as to what I was supposed to do with them at first.
Of course, it is hard to knock a game that is giving you a lot of content and quality production values when it is free, and Seal Force can be played to completion without a player spending a dime on additional content. It is not easy, and might drive some insane as the difficulty pushes you past normal points of sanity, but it is a doable option for those that want a lot of game for nothing purchased.
I think that in the end Seal Force is one of those games that might be fun when played in five to ten minute bursts, but anything more than that, the game starts to wear out its welcome. Seal Force looks good, and is a free experience for dedicated players, but most might tire of it long before that point.
- High production values
- Is completely free to play with determination
- Somewhat repetitive
- Annoyingly difficult at times
Seal Force is cartoonish and does not include any real violent or questionable content. It might be a bit frustrating during later levels for younger children, but looking strictly at content, all ages may apply for this team.