Think back to your childhood, and the cartoons you liked to watch on a Saturday morning. Did they have hyperactive colour-bomb visuals, by any chance? Nefarious villains and gregarious heroes? How about squalling guitars on the soundtrack? If you've answered "yes" to any of the above, there's a strong chance you'll get a big kick out of Seal Force.
How does it play?
You're in command of a crack team of Navy Seals – Sarge, Milo and Fonzie. Their mission is to defeat Krillian, an evil criminal mastermind who's poisoned the ocean with a toxic neon virus that turns all the krill into mindless zombie killers. A mop and bucket isn't enough to clear up this mess; you're going to need Seal Power.
Controlling the seals one at a time, you drag your finger across the screen and create a line for them to follow. Each seal is colour-matched to a particular type of krill, so for the most part they can only attack their respective colour. But if you rack up enough combos you can take out multitudes of krill simultaneously, regardless of hue.
It's a clever conceit, and requires quick thinking and nimble digits to avoid being overwhelmed by baddies. That's because, in addition to being a line-drawing game AND and a colour-matching game, Seal Force is ALSO an endless running game. You only have one life to travel as far as you can and destroy as many opponents as you can, although your time can be extended by collecting extra-lives and other power-ups scattered around the seabed (which can also be bought from the store).
Why do we like it?
For a game that's free to download, it's high-concept stuff that's immensely playable. And it's also stuffed to the gills with features that prolong its lifespan. The dreaded freemium model rears it's head here, however, with in-game advertising and the option to purchase upgrades with in-game currency in exchange for real-world cash.
If you can look beyond that, you'll find a game with top-notch production values. The characters are clearly defined archetypes (the bluff soldier, the lovable doofus, the young upstart) bolstered with some exuberant voice-acting. But the best of the bunch is Krillian, who pops up frequently to taunt our heroes and do some evil cackling. "I'm going to poison the whole sea! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!" Indeed.