It all revolves around Kenny, the explorer who goes on a quest to find all the pieces of a family relic, supposed to bring good luck to his grandfather until it was stolen by pirates and broken into pieces. Incidentally, all of the pirates died, one by one. Tough luck!
Shark Attack is a basic platformer with a twist, that being the underwater theme. Kenny jumps and does all the usual stuff, but he only swims for a couple of seconds before falling to solid ground. Not exactly the best career choice, Kenny?
Along the way the player has to collect coins and treasures, jump on bad guys or throw rocks at them, and use things like air bubbles or logs to get around. Levels start short, but with about sixty of them there is plenty to keep us occupied for a few hours. However, it’s likely to get repetitive, so it’s recommended to play only a bunch of levels at a time.
Kenny is perfectly controlled with the keyboard, but there’s also the option for mouse control. It’s more of a bonus than anything else, it won’t win over many players due to some pixel-perfect jumping that is required.
Shark Attack’s graphics are beautiful, colorful and attractive. Scenery uses the parallax scrolling technique (meaning background images move at different speeds, creating a sense of depth) and manages to look truly gorgeous. Character design and animations are also inspired.
With such polished visuals and finely tuned gameplay mechanics, Shark Attack is a remarkable game. Highly recommended.
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