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What's it about?
In HUNGRY SHARK EVOLUTION, you get to be hungry shark who just happens to be in the most populated section of the ocean ever. The water is just full of fish, crabs, scuba divers, and other tasty treats. Just be careful, it's also full of mines, seals who will bite you back, and things that can make you sick. Can you eat your way through the obstacles and become the biggest predator in the seven seas?
Is it any good?
While it's an inaccurate depiction of sharks, this arcade eating game is just fun enough to keep these killers of the sea from snacking on unsuspecting swimmers. In Hungry Shark Evolution, you get to be a shark in waters that are so full of fish, people, and other edible things that it's surprising there's not a sign that says it's an "All-You-Can-Eat Buffet." Using your device's touchscreen or tilt controls, you have to steer the shark around so he or she can have a nosh while avoiding such hazards as mines, open barrels of toxic waste, and poisonous jellyfish.
Not surprisingly, things can get a bit weird. Not only are there mutant sharks to unlock (as well as real ones), but you can eat things that temporarily turn everything gold, and even a portal that will let you snack on the passengers of the Titanic. But as weird and wild as this may be, it's also kind of redundant and lacking in challenge. Yes, the seals who bite you are a hazard to be avoided, but you're really just swimming and eating. You're not, for instance, trying to eat a certain number of fish or calories before you run out of time. And being able to continue playing by paying or watching an ad doesn't help. Hungry Shark Evolution may entertain you long enough to get to the beach, but you'll want something else for the ride home.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising. When you die in Hungry Shark Evolution, you can watch an ad to keep going, but are you okay with being subjected to advertising to keep playing a game? Can you watch an ad but not let it affect you?
Does it make sense to spend money on a game when you can get stuff for free? How do you decide what to spend your money on, and how much to spend? How much is too much?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with ads and microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 30, 2019
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Ocean Creatures
- Size: 398.30 MB
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Version: 6.78
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: July 31, 2019
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