A long time ago in 2012 a game called Hungry Shark Evolution appeared with a high addictive potential. A few years later, Hungry Shark World was released for the smartphones, but Ubisoft went one better. Because the mobile food binge is now migrating to Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. We take a closer look at the latter version in the following test.
EAT OR BE EATEN
Maybe you still remember the good old days when you played small browser games on the school computer. Correspondingly to my past belongs a game where you ate smaller fish as a small fish in order to grow. If you made it long enough, you destroyed the ecosystem and won the game.
With Hungry Shark Evolution, Ubisoft has already brought me back in time. This enthusiasm even went so far that my friends and I had high score competitions.
Now the fun is on again, only on the Nintendo Switch. As a small shark, it means eating as many small fish, birds and swimmers as possible. Because in contrast to the browser game, time is running against you. Over time you lose vitality, which can only be filled with tasty food. In principle it sounds very simple, but it is not always. Various dangers await you underwater such as underwater mines, larger fish and co. These yearn for you. So always be on your guard.
BIG SHARKS, LITTLE FISH
Apart from swimming through the water to look for food, you can of course expect more in the game. You can complete missions to unlock bigger and more powerful sharks. These missions consist of eating various living things or doing other little things. Larger sharks are not only there for the fun factor, but also to get past barriers. This sometimes involves a lot of work, because it takes a good grind to get to the big boys.
The hunt is of course rewarded, because the more you play, the more funny clothes you unlock. These bring you small bonuses in your search and also look funny.
This overall package may sound a bit dull for some, but trust me, it can tie you to your smartphone or console.
At this point you should also consider that the game is a port of a smartphone title. The game is graphically not a grenade. However, that doesn’t change the gameplay. However, what is disturbing elsewhere is the long loading times. Depending on how good you are in Hungry Shark World, you may have to restart the levels often. Unfortunately, you will always be confronted with the long loading times.
Another advantage that speaks for the switch is the possibility to switch between console mode and handheld mode. So you can play at home and on the go. The former is absolutely not an issue on the nice big TV. The latter, on the other hand, is sometimes too small. Depending on where you swim, you should be careful on the small screen, otherwise you will race straight into a mine.
To top it all off, there is good news again, because there are no DLCs. For € 9.99 you get a game that can tie you to the console for a long time. Either in one or in between. That is completely up to you.