Splash Cars (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC, Mobile)

Drive a car around 3-D isometric landscapes as you color the world in Splash Cars.  It’s available on most current game consoles, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

Each level is presented in isometric fashion.  You just move left and right to steer your car in those directions, and that’s it.  You’re constantly in motion, so you don’t have to worry about gas or brakes.  As you drive, you’ll trail color behind you in this black and white world.  Get near structures like houses and trees and you’ll color them automatically.  When the times runs out or you run out of fuel, the game is over.  Your job is to color a certain percentage of the world before that happens.  If you get to certain percentages, you’ll earn stars.  Stars unlock new worlds, better cars and other goodies.

On the levels you’ll find items scattered about.  Pick up coins to buy unlocked cars and fuel cans to keep you going.  Just watch out for police cars that’ll bump into you and slow you down.  You can pick up power-ups to help you out, though.  Some put the police cars out of commission for a while, some make your car bigger, and one turns you into a tank where you can fire out color splashes in front of you!  You can play single player or compete with others to color the world in multiplayer.

I think this game started out as a mobile title and it really shows.  Even though there are no in-game purchases in the PS4 version that I could tell, progress still felt very slow as you must play a bunch of times to unlock anything good.  And the game is just too repetitive for that nonsense.  Also, despite the controls being so simple, they do take a bit of getting used to.  Because of the problems, I lost interest in this game pretty quickly.

Kid Factor:

Splash Cars is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Fantasy Violence.  You bump into other police cars and that’s it.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, but not necessary just to play.  But youngers gamers may still find the controls and later levels difficult.

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