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There are many ink-themed games out there these days, but not too many shooters. InkSplosion offers endless levels that get colored by your own ammunition. In order to advance to the next level, you’ll have to defeat the enemies without taking much damage yourself. Your skull-shaped ship isn’t very durable and when it explodes, it’s game over.
At the beginning of a level you’ll be randomly assigned one of the five weapons available. The normal gun shoots one bullet at a time and it doesn’t go very far. On the other hand, the distance gun can shoot further. The rocket gun has short-range, but is more powerful. The shotgun sprays an array of three bullets, which comes in handy. My favorite is the laser gun, because it’s quick and shoots far.
In order to finish a level, you’ll have to eliminate the handful of enemies on it. Along with their projectiles, you’ll have to avoid touching any obstacles or barriers that often change their positioning. Between the barriers and deadly floating debris, you’ll have to stay on your toes and keep track of your ship's location. Given this game’s art style, that’s easier said than done.
The ink splotches don’t really serve a purpose and can be disabled if you find them too distracting. Everything else is white with thick black borders and is hard to tell apart. The enemies are bigger than the projectiles and can be identified without trouble. Your small ship, on the other hand, blends right in and can be hard to locate at times.
If you can score more than 100,000 points in Classic Mode, Arena Mode will become available. Once you score 100,000 points in Arena Mode, the final mode, Hard, will be unlocked. There are thirteen achievements available to unlock if you’re into those.
The game’s electronic soundtrack is composed by Levi Bond and it’s fitting but forgettable. The voiceovers are good and the echo effect adds to the retro feel of this title.
InkSplosion has some combat violence but it’s pretty tame. I agree with the "Everyone" rating and this game can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages.
The asking price of $4.99 seems a bit steep in my opinion. I have seen this game on Steam for $2.49 on sale and for that price, it’s worth picking up. The portability of the Vita version is nice and it provides the perfect platform to play on the go. Inksplosion is a cute little title that’s perfect for playing on your lunch break.