Tasty Blue
Gameplay 8
Graphics 7
Sound 6

Tasty Blue features a very simple idea, but it is done quite well. The amount of difficulty settings makes it a game that can be enjoyed by player of all ages and skill levels. Although it can get repetitive after a while the humor and sheer amount of carnage that you can get up to definitely make it worth a second look. It is also a great game for playing a level or two when you don’t feel like firing up something a bit more demanding or involved.

Gameplay: Simple and repetitive, but quite addictive and entertaining.

Graphics: The 2D visuals are charming and colorful, but rather basic.

Sound: The tunes are nice at first, but there are too few of them and they start to become annoying

Summary 7.0 Good
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Tasty Blue

Developer: Dingo Games | Publisher: Dingo Games | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Action / Adventure / Casual / Indie | Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

Seeing as the “underwater side-scrolling eat ‘em up” genre, as Dingo Games classify Tasty Blue, is rather underrepresented on this site we had no choice but to take a look. The game opens with a pet shop owner warning a customer not to overfeed their goldfish, but alas they disregard his advice. After gobbling up all the food, the tiny goldfish escapes to the ocean where it continues its feeding frenzy. The more it eats the larger it grows until nothing is safe from its slavering jaws.

After playing Tasty Blue for a while the game really reminded me of the old arcade classic, Rampage. Swimming around the ocean gorging on everything in sight has that same feeling of mindless mayhem that Rampage had. You can simply switch off your brain, sit back and cause some carnage. In addition to the goldfish, the game also stars a Dolphin that is tired of jumping through flaming hoops at the aquarium, and a nano-shark, designed to track down and eliminate the other two aquatic menaces.

Tasty Blue provides players with 50 story mode missions, which can be tackled alone or with a friend, where the goal is simply to eat everything smaller than yourself. As your fish feeds it grows bigger and is able to devour larger things. Depending on the difficulty level you select, the bigger creatures range from barely being able to touch you, to swimming deathtraps that can turn the tables on your fish and eat it. Each level is timed and you earn a star rating depending on how quickly you were able to consume everything.

The premise of the game is hardly rocket science, so it is no surprise that the developers have opted for a rather humorous approach. You might start off eating small fish, but soon you’ll be able to leap out of the ocean to snatch birds out of the air and even grow large enough to eat boats, helicopters or planes! Watching a giant gold fish munching sperm whales, giant sea squids and nuclear submarines is a surreal sight to say the least. Although very entertaining you are pretty much doing the same thing on each level and it is simply the scale that differs. This means that the game can get rather repetitive, especially if you play for long sessions. The multi-player mode helps to keep things interesting as you can team up with a friend for some local co-op in horizontal or vertical split screen mode or using a shared screen. After completing the story missions you also gain access to 15 bonus missions. These provide a little more variety than the story missions as you might be required to swim through a Pac-man style maze eating mines while getting chased by sharks or even chase down and eat a super-fast Loch Ness monster.

Although the simple 2D visuals of Tasty Blue are not going to win any awards, they are quite charming in their own way. The animations are a little stiff, but everything is bright and colorful. The game only has three different environments, which is temperate, arctic and tropical, but the amount of things that you can eat is quite impressive. For added comical value you can also toggle the amount of blood via a “carnage” slider. The blood is off by default though and without it the game is quite suitable for players of all ages as the violence is comical and not realistic.

The tunes in the game are quite catchy, but very limited, so if you play for a while you are going to hear the same songs over and over again. The first couple of times you hear the music it will put a smile on your face, but the songs start to grate after a while. The sound effects consist mostly of munching and whatever sound effect the creatures you are eating make. The game can be controlled with a keyboard, mouse or controller and maneuvering your character around is easy enough with any of these. Things are eaten automatically if your character is big enough by simply moving close to them, so the only button you have to worry about is the one you hold down to gain a speed boost. This is handy for evading the bigger predators or for building up the speed to leap out of the water and bite something mid-air.

Tasty Blue might not be much more than mindless entertainment, but thanks to its wallet friendly price and low system requirements it definitely offers value for money. It might not keep you busy for more than a couple of hours, but how many other games allow you to eat aircraft carriers with a goldfish?

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 7.0
  • Hard Drive: 30 MB available space
  • OS: 10.6
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 30 MB available space

Related posts

Monster Slayers

Monster Slayers

Plunder dungeons, dark forests and dank swamps in this addictive new rogue-like deck-building RPG adventure from Nerdook. Thanks to the charming visuals, stellar audio and fiendishly fun gameplay, this is a title you can easily lose yourself in for hours. It packs a ton of replay value and there is always another level of fame, a new deck strategy or better equipment waiting for you to draw you back in. While it might seem very simple at first, the game has plenty of depth without sacrificing accessibility. Fans of the genre will love every minute and even newcomers shouldn’t hesitate to grab this game. Gameplay: Deceptively simple, but extremely addictive, this is a game that can keep you busy for a long time. Graphics: Features the charming art-style that Nerdook titles are known for, but much more polished and detailed than previous titles. Sound: Great soundtrack and some unexpectedly nice sound effects as well as speech.

Tiny Thief

Tiny Thief

Tiny Thief is definitely worth checking out, especially if you don't have access to a mobile device. The charming visuals and interesting scenes will suck you in and the puzzles will ensure that you have fun without getting bored. I had a lot of fun with this game and absolutely recommend it, especially if you can pick it up in a good sale. Gameplay: Not too taxing, but loads of fun. Graphics: Cute, papercraft style visuals. Sound: Loads of sound effects bring the gameworld to life.

Shadowhand: RPG Card Game

Shadowhand: RPG Card Game

Shadowhand is another entertaining, addictive and polished solitaire based game from Grey Alien Games, creators of the very enjoyable Regency Solitaire. It shares some similarities with its predecessor, but the story is brand new and the gameplay offers enough new additions and tweaks to ensure that it feels fresh. Luck plays a big role in the game, which is unavoidable for the genre, but careful planning and the use of the right items can help a lot. This means the game is a lot more strategic than you might think, and we can heartily recommend it to fans of the genre. Gameplay: The solitaire based gameplay is addictive as always, but the addition of duels and other elements makes it even better. Graphics: The art and design of the game looks great and everything feels very polished. Sound: Sadly no voice acting, but everything from the music to the sound effects is top notch.

The Nightmare Cooperative

The Nightmare Cooperative

A sixteen level rogue-like with small, screen sized levels might not sound like much, but The Nightmare Cooperative might just surprise you. There is a large selection of characters and controlling them all at the same time is certainly a unique, not to mention challenging experience. Learning how to play the game is a breeze, but truly mastering it will keep you busy for quite some time. Gameplay: Simple to play, but requires more strategy than you might think. Graphics: The vector art style is very distinctive. Sound: The tunes are not exactly catchy, but very fitting.

Heart Work: Symphony Of Destruction

Heart Work: Symphony Of Destruction

Heart Works isn't a very long game, but offers more choices than most titles in the genre and these actually lead to different scenarios and endings. It is however quite heavy on the sex and violence so don't expect a very meaningful plot. Gameplay: The story is short but can end in multiple ways. Graphics: Not bad for the genre and completely uncensored. Sound: Features voice acting and pretty decent music.

Pixel Puzzles 2: Space

Pixel Puzzles 2: Space

Pixel Puzzles 2: Space retains all the elements that made the previous titles so much fun, but continues to refine the successful formula. The interface is better than ever before and the ability to tackle any puzzle without unlocking is also very welcome. The space theme is yet another great match for the genre and once again there are hours of addictive fun to be had with this title. If you are a fan of jigsaw puzzles then this is not to be missed. Gameplay: Same great jigsaw puzzle gameplay, but with an improved interface. Graphics: Casual enough to work on virtually any hardware, but the space theme is great. Sound: Unobtrusive and very relaxing.

Leave a comment

eight + 20 =