You would think that bringing the cities of Sydney, Miami, and New York to destruction would be enough for even the most violent of sharks, but the one in Mausland’s insane shark-based series of games is as hungry for violence as ever before, and this time he is in the Medieval period.
Things have moved on since the city-based adventures of before, with our shark travelling back in time and taking to the waters of an unsuspecting kingdom in order to do what this particular shark does best, which is to kill anything and everything in range within the limited amount of time you have available. The game is just as outrageous as ever, and is now packed with more features than it ever has been.
The format of the game remains the same as it has always been in this series including Miami Shark, with the shark swimming through the water while people and a huge range of weird and wonderful creatures wait above and below the water to be killed.
The directional arrows control the shark, making him swim up and down, and the A button now controls the shark’s main attack. In a change from the usual procedure, the shark now has a weapon instead of simply biting his victims. You begin with an axe that swings like a rotary blade and is somehow mounted to the shark in a way that isn’t really explained to us.
You press A to attack with the axe, which causes huge amounts of destruction as you are flying through the air in addition to the damage you cause when you simply land on things with your body weight.
The gameplay itself has undergone some further changes since the previous title, with one of the most noticeable being the frenzy bar that can be filled up by killing a sufficient number of enemies. Once you have killed enough people and destroyed enough objects, the frenzy bar will flash and your weapon will rotate rapidly when you press the
A button and obliterating anything in its path. You can also now find various bonus objects under the water in the chests that occasionally appear. Usually, you will find treasure that simply adds to your score but you can also find other weapons such as a mace-like object, and also hats that increase the damage that you deal to enemies. This is the most significant shakeup of the gameplay so far in the series, and it has made things much more entertaining.
You will encounter a variety of creatures along the way, included sea snakes, hydra, and kraken, as well as a number of other characters such as a princess and a king, the killing of which rewards you with one of many achievements that you can get during gameplay by performing certain tasks. Some of the creatures have a health bar, making them more like a boss than just a silly encounter like we are used to with this series of games.
Like Miami Shark, Medieval Shark continues the series’ brush with the ridiculous, but also offers the player more content than ever before. The chain explosions and resulting game of chance will be familiar to veterans of the series, while the new weapon attack and frenzy mode is something new for the series.
The many bosses and different things to destroy in Medieval Shark all serve to increase the replay value of the game. The length of each killing session has even been shortened and now lasts for 170 seconds instead of a large number of miles like we have seen previously. This is by far the best shark-based game out there, and is the best in the series by a long way.