Scott from Free Fall Apps had been using Corona for a grand total of three weeks before he managed to create his first game — the marine life jumper Monster Splash. Not only that, but his first game is now our latest App of the Week!
Monster Splash takes the familiar gameplay of a mobile jumper like Doodle Jump and wraps it in a fun, quirky ocean motif. You can select between eight lovable urchin characters to play through four beautiful underwater levels, including a coral reef, the deep sea, a shipwreck, and even Antarctica.
The gameplay is pretty simple: Swim up (“jump”) as high as you can for as long as you can to rack up points (unfortunately, you’ll never reach the surface of the water). All the while, avoid enemies and keep an eye out for power-ups to further boost your score and subsequent bragging rights.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for ocean games (remember Redneck Jellyfish?), but I loved how the physics and animation worked in this game to further reinforce the deep sea feel. While it also fulfills the aesthetics of the game, the slower “water resistance” of the in-game physics also serves to keep the gameplay from hitting too frantic of a pace. On top of that, there’s enough variation among power-ups and obstacles to keep this “endless jumper” from getting too boring early on — which tends to be a problem with most “endless” games!