APP NAME: Sea Stars
DEVELOPER(S): Hothead Games
GENRE(S): Action, Endless
RELEASE DATE(S): November 17th, 2011
Ever since Tiny Wings saw great success, there have been a number of other developers attempting to leverage the same style in their own games. The one touch control scheme has been seen in Mighty Fin, Whale Trail, and Jetpack Joyride among many others. Sea Stars is a new game fitting the same mold, and it’s also very similar to Mighty Fin and Jetpack Joyride. You play as a little dolphin, and you hold your finger on screen to dive, and release to jump back up going in and out of the water just like Mighty Fin.
As you’re swimming there are jellyfish to avoid, coins to collect, and objectives to achieve just like in Jetpack Joyride except there are Jellyfish here instead of electric bolts. There are also sea buddies to pick-up which each have their own special ability to help you move along that much quicker. It really feels exactly like Jetpack Joyride, just with the Mighty Fin theme, and it leaves the game without any uniqueness. There are three special challenges available at all times, and as you complete them you can level up. You can also spend the coins you earn to buy upgrades, improve power-ups, and enhance buddies.
All of these aspects are seen in Jetpack Joyride, and it’s really only missing Barry Steakfries to be the same exact game. There’s also only one background, and same endless style over and over rather than the eight different locations in Mighty Fin, and three different game modes per location. Sea Stars does have highly polished and cute visuals that are plenty colorful too. When you make a full dive and jump you earn colored fish, and when you complete the rainbow there are bonus coins available. Also, the pacing is a bit on the slow side, and there’s no way to quickly correct course when danger is near.
Sea Stars (Free, Universal) is just a copy of Jetpack Joyride and Mighty Fin, but not as good as either game. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun, but it’s likely fun you’ve already had, and it’s better to play those games than start this one. If the other games didn’t exist, Sea Stars would be worth picking up, but they do. Sea Stars is worth skipping because it has no unique qualities, and is a blatant copy of games that came before.