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  • Summary: The Splatters are acrobatic masters with a unique death wish - to blow themselves up with style. In this action-puzzler, you unlock and master a variety of stunts and perform spectacular moves to clear out each stage in the most dramatic way possible. With its fast-paced, splattery liquid physics engine you won't play the same way twice. And using Splatter TV, an in-game feature for sharing game clips, you pick up a myriad of new moves as you watch the world’s top players perform their combos. It’s a messy, colorful show of skill and destruction. Life can be short. DIE WITH STYLE. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    90
    Simply put, it's a fantastic and simple puzzle game that allows you to freely think of a solution, rather than being forced into a predetermined one. For the 800 Microsoft Points, it gets a solid recommendation from me towards any puzzle lover.
  2. 85
    If stupendous puzzler Peggle and the cute gelatinous hero from de Blob had a teleportation accident à la Jeff Goldblum and the common household pest in The Fly, then The Splatters would be the result - except it'd be totally awesome and not a hideous Brundlefly monstrosity.
  3. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    A very good game, that despite not being perfect it achieves to entertain, offers three modes of play and great gameplay. It is simple but visually attractive, and quite an addictive game.
  4. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    The enjoyable and derivative The Splatters proves that slime can get just as physical as any angry avians you might know.
  5. Apr 29, 2012
    70
    Is The Splatters a good game? On a certain level: yes. It feels great to fire creepily laughing slimeblogs. The difficulty however leads to an incredibly tedious gameplay experience. Simply said, this game is not suited for everyone. You're warned.
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    60
    Chaining together long stunts to take out bombs in style while simultaneously racking up huge points can be satisfying, but repetition soon sets in. With the slightly imprecise controls, one-screen levels and play suited for shorter sessions The Splatters would feel more at home on a mobile device than the TV screen.
  7. May 7, 2012
    40
    In closing, as said before, it's nice for a game to be simple and get right to it, but only the very few combo-obsessed high-score junkies will follow The Splatters all the way to the end.

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  1. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    "The Splatters" is the game to play - amazing physical simulation, kick ass graphics and music that compliments it all.

    This game will give
    you hours of pure fun - and the SplatterTV feature will let you see playbacks of top players - doesn't mean you can mimic what they are doing right away - but it will let you see what is possible - its a puzzle that requires skills to complete.
    It might seem like Peggle at first glimpse - but once you dig into it - you will realize there is hardly any luck there - its 99% skills - and skills take little bit of time to develop.

    the game features 3 themes - become a talent which teaches you the basic skills, Master shots that shows you how to efficiently use those skills in a single shot game mode and combo nation - which puts everything you learned together - this mode puts you in the zone - when shooting for 3 stars you will need to use everything you learned and do it fast enough so the combo doesn't drop - you can clear a level scoring 20,000 pts or 20,000,000 pts - its all about your skills.

    with the integration of leader boards with clip playback the reply value is enormous - every time you think you did well on a level - you can see someone else that did twice as good - giving you something to strive for.
    because its so unique its hard to describe it in words - so you simply have to try it yourself.
    At 800 points its a bargain.
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  2. Apr 11, 2012
    9
    The Splatters, wow, really incredible game, is funny, interesting, addictive, with great gameplay, this title is amazing, have much great points, The Splatters is a new classic. Expand
  3. Apr 12, 2012
    9
    I was actually surprised.
    This is the first israeli XBOX game and it is actually good.
    Way to go "Spikey Snail".
    Great Puzzles and awesome graphics
  4. Jun 28, 2012
    8
    The Splatters is a fun mind puzzle game. The objective is to complete each stage by sending your colored explosive paint like blobs into certain objects that are placed throughout the map.The Splatters is a Xbox Live Arcade game made by SpikySnail. You can purchase this game off the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace for just 800MSP ($10.00). Lets break down this game full of craziness.

    ​Gameplay / Stages: Each stage has more than one round. At the beginning of each stage you will be presented with instructions on how to play that current stage. During each of the rounds the objects on the stage will change. If you are to unable to clear the stage you will be presented with a cheat sheet. It will show you exactly how to pass the level. TIP: using the level is key

    ​Controls: The controls are very simple. You use your (L) analog stick to control which way the yellow arrow points. The yellow arrow is like your guide to where you want the blob to go. Next you use the (A) button to power up and release your blob and watch it splatter all over the stage in many awesome ways.

    ​Characters / Blobs: Each round and stage has different color blobs that are always smiling. They show no fear haha.

    ​Abilities: During certain stages you will be introduced to new and challenging ways to complete the stage. For example: Air Strike. This is where you direct your yellow arrow where you want to go, hit A then hit A again while directing the second yellow arrow to a new direction, but you have to it in a split second and at the right moment otherwise you fail and have to try again. Yeah it gets much harder as you progress haha.

    ​Design / Levels: The design starts out very simple and slightly get a little harder. What really makes them challenging is the content within and the abilities you are given for that current stage.

    Interface: Very simple concept. You have your main screen which shows your score and next to that is your combo multiplayer. See simple :)

    Abilities: I know we touched this aspect before, but the idea behind giving the blobs abilities is pure genius. It brings a real challenge to the game and makes the player use their mind. It is also fun to just play around with the ability on certain stages and not care to complete the level because you get to see your blob do funny movements.

    ​Overview: This game is pure genius, worth every penny & is a 9/10. If your looking for a family friendly mind puzzle time killing game-gasm then this is your game. No game or level will ever play the same and you are offered so much in the full game version. I highly recommend you purchase this game because you will never want to stop playing; I promise you. SpikySnail did an amazing job on this and I hope to see more of their work in the future.
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  5. Apr 11, 2012
    8
    "The Splatters" is an XBLA game developed by SpikySnail Games, and produced by Microsft which costs 800ms points.

    The game is very
    reminiscent of a classic and popular game, Peggle, mixed with the new games that deal with physical, being a good and addictive game option: you use gelatinous creatures that are thrown, being slip and spilled into the structures of the stages, to clear of them of bombs. Particularly, in everything from gameplay and presentation, to the general structure of the menus reminded me of one more game for iPhone / iPhone and other derivatives, than consoles themselves, though it can play perfectly on them.

    The game musics are lively, made with synthesizers, much like Peggle in this aspect (the way they are made and themselves - but without the music by Beethoven): the sounds are well done too, with creatures shouting happily to be thrown among funny noises.

    The game features graphics and graphical effects (like slow motion) very similar to Peggle too: the details in the graphics are in the structures mostly in front of the screen, while the backgrounds have a blurry look. It is also nice to see an effect of fragmentation on the bombs, after destroying them, which seems fine glitter in the screen.

    Although not spectacular graphically, the foundations of the game are in the gameplay, which makes it a great casual puzzle / action game: you use a virtual slingshot, which is used with the analog stick to aim and throw the creatures, according with force, that you determine by the time you press the A in the controller.

    More ahead of the game, the creatures develop new powers to diversify what we can do besides throw them, such as changing the gravity and rewind time, as well as having special maneuvers such as changing the direction of your motion, reverse the direction in which all fly in the screen, etc.. - and everything counts to perform combos, that increase the final score - just like hitting two different sets of pumps with the same gelatin.

    At the end of each stage, you are graded according to your performance (points), from 1 to 3 stars, and these grades will release new stages and characters features to play - all account for achieving this, as special maneuvers and combos performed, as well as how many golden gelatin's you catch, while you slide and fly in the scenario (which is limited to the same screen).

    The big problem is that the game after a while ends up being repetitive, because the action comes down to the same thing, just changing the stages and game modes, although having new abilities to use in the cleared stages to get the maximum score. Nevertheless, it's a nice choice for a puzzle game: my score is 8.3 / 10.0.
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  6. Jun 3, 2013
    8
    Featuring elements from different puzzles games like Peggle and Angry Birds, The Splatters is a fun and unique diversion. It's easy to pick up and play a couple quick puzzles, or you can focus on conquering a series of harder ones. The momentum-changing mechanic is an interesting way to solve stages, though some are frustrating. Once you do beat them, they're satisfying. Definitely worth downloading. Collapse