Splatoon Review (Nintendo)

What It Is

Splatoon is a third-person shooter with a Nintendo spin. Rather than shooting deadly weapons, characters in the game, called Inklings, use brightly colored inks to battle. Ink blasters and weapons are refilled by transforming the characters into squids. The playable characters can also hide in ink, and glide up walls when in squid mode.

The game has several modes, and the main mode is an online multiplayer arena. Two teams of four, go head to head and try to cover as much of the arena with their team's ink color as possible within a time limit. There is also a one-on-one Battle Dojo mode that allows two players in the same room to battle each other. Finally, there is a single player mode that has players battling through obstacle levels.

Is It Fun?

This is a clever and entertaining take on the third-person shooter genre, that lets kids and adults paint their enemies rather than shoot them.

Who It’s For

The game is rated E10+ for the cartoon-style violence. Kids as young as 7 should have no problems mastering the gameplay and will love running around launching ink blobs. Parents, who will also enjoy playing this game, can feel comfortable that there is nothing above cartoon-style violence.

What To Be Aware Of

Splatoon is a Nintendo amiibo-compatible game, and features several Splatoon character amiibo figures that are sold separately. Those figures unlock additional challenges in the game and can reward players with in-game gear.

The Battle Dojo mode requires specific game controllers, other than the Wii Remote and Gamepad.

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  • Splatoon from Nintendo
  • Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up
  • Available on: Nintendo Wii U
  • Available May 28, 2015