Splode IPhone App Game Review – Challenge Mode
Lots of iPhone apps are designed to be addicting. Angry Birds, for example, is popular not because it has some sort of amazing gameplay, but because the app has aspects of the game that make people want to keep playing.
Splode is another type of iPhone app that can best be described as “addicting.” The game itself – especially the Challenge Mode – is extremely simplistic. Yet in some ways it can be quite addicting, despite the lack of gameplay.
What is Splode?
Splode is perhaps one of the simplest games on the iPhone. Splodes are tiny little fuzz balls that float around the screen. By pressing your finger on a splode (you only get to press once), the splode explodes. If you timed it right, the splode will hit other splodes, which in turn will hit other splodes, and so on and so forth. Your goal in the challenge mode is to try to hit X amount of Y splodes per turn, usually around 75%.
Pros of Splode Challenge Mode
Splode’s visuals are nothing short of breathtaking. Although “Visuals” should perhaps be singular. There is only one background. It starts off as gray, and the more splodes explode on any given turn, the more flowers open revealing color with a considerable amount of depth. If you manage to reach the minimum number of splodes to pass the level, the entire screen lights up with a bright sun and a rich color that is nothing short of brilliant.
Splodes also release this light harp music as they explode, and the music is soothing and calm. Very enjoyable for a late night when you’re lying in bed with some mild insomnia. Also, although the game is extremely simplistic, it can still get your blood flowing as you get closer to reaching the minimum, especially on the upper levels.
Cons of Splode Challenge Mode
Once you get passed level 30 or so, there is zero skill involved in Splode. Zero. None. Nada. It is mathematically impossible to figure out if you are going to be able to hit the minimum number of splodes with your initial explosion. You simply press a random splode, wait while listening to the harp music to see if you got lucky.
What makes it more frustrating (although in some ways more fun) is that there appears to be no end. As of this writing I am on level 71 with over 140 splodes on the screen at any given time. At level 30 there was no skill involved. At level 71 you’re lucky to hit enough splodes if you spend the entire day playing the game. It’s all luck, and it’s extremely difficult to get lucky.
Should You Buy Splode?
This is an interesting question. In many ways Splode is a tremendous waste of money. The challenge mode doesn’t take much skill and doesn’t really progress. It’s all luck. There is also really only one level, in the sense that there is one background and one type of harp noise. Those that like a game to continue to challenge them are in for a massive disappointment.
But if you have the $2.00 to waste and need something to calm you down every night before you sleep, Splode suddenly becomes a lot of fun and well worth the money. Splode is a waste of money that you may like a lot anyway, and in that sense it’s a nice app to purchase.