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Hi to all. It’s me Sam, and whoops, again! It’s been seconds, that turn into minutes, that turn into hours, that turn into days, that turn into weeks, that turn into months, that turn into YEARS since I’ve given you a Game n Vote. I’m sorry, but I’m such a procrastinator these days. So, in my return of sincere apology, I’m BACK with a handful of more gaming and voting! Today’s game is from the brand-new Cartoon Network animated comedy, The Amazing World of Gumball. Heard of it? A cat named Gumball, and his fish-with-legs friend Darwin? Well,  the Interwebs finally decided to make a game for it…from thence, Splash Master was born.

I just heard about this game through an ad on Cartoon Network itself, during a commercial break. The real backstory of this game is super-catchy: Gumball and Darwin are looking for the most epic swimming dive. The two take turns diving off a board. In the air will be shining rings, and obstacles (mostly birds and flowerpots, for me). Your job is to collect enough rings to reach the target of required rings, while avoiding obstacles. If you run into one, you’ll lose some rings (which eventually will come floating down)! For extra flair, click your mouse to do stylish tricks, like when Darwin holds his arms to make a heart, and Gumball outstretches his arms while his legs are curled in; all of this done upside down. The board keeps getting bumped up, and so is the target amount of rings. You’ll be diving to shake paws, or fins, with the moon, but it gets a little wacky once you’re high-diving in SPACE! (Try shaking hands with E.T.) If you collect enough rings, your objective now is to click again to form a cannonball to land into the water, making a humongous namesake splash. Nicole, Richard, and Anais will be waiting, and they will give you a score on your dive, the maximum being 10. Splash Master has 46, 942 players…can you be one? I set a super high score of 242, 350 points, making me a “True Pro” diver. Can you beat that?

All of this makes the game a very enticing pick, but let’s talk about its downside. If you dive what you believe is a perfect dive, the judges might still give you scores lower than 10. That means those judges are critical. And after becoming a True Pro diver, the drops get faster, giving you less time to collect all the rings. TOO MUCH OF A CHALLENGE HERE, GUYS! Give us a couple more Easy As! And the ability to only play as Gumball and Darwin ONLY gets very tiresome along the way. And besides, you know how funny it would’ve been to see Richard all out? And WHAT THE HECK IS A SWAN DIVE?!!!? I spent several MINUTES trying to unleash a swan dive, but the game still leaves me baffled! They should have more easy controls next time. Hopefully,  if they give this game a sequel (like Adventure Time‘s Sound Castle and Righteous Quest), they’ll fill all these empty cups for us. Capiche?

My final score for the game is a .5 out of 10. And if you remove that decimal, that makes a 75 out of 100. Now go out there. Get jiggy with it. Become the ultimate Splash Master (that is, if you can beat me)!

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/games/gumball/splashmaster/index.html

Happy diving!

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So, you’re back after an epic diving adventure. Now I have a couple polls for you to fill in.

But that’s just the first step in my weekly walk in the park. Check back tomorrow and the rest of the week for more gaming, more voting, and more Gaming n Voting! Oh, and I almost forgot! If you have an account on Cartoon Network, look for these badges on the way. (Boldfaced badges show ones I have already received.)

A badge for performing every trick in a single dive.

A badge for completing a dive without getting any rings.

A badge for performing a swan dive.

A badge for performing a dive from space.

A badge for collecting 300 rings in a single dive.

A badge for scoring three perfect 10s in a single dive.

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Yeah, I know that stupid swan dive has me perplexed every time. 😡

Well, this is goodbye from Sammwak for now! Check back for more…oh, I already told you that!

– Sam 😉

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There are lots of people out there that love shooters. Some are used to the brutal bloodbaths of Call of Duty or Halo, while others like to take it easy with games like Kane & Lynch or Crysis. But there are those other games that mix it up. Speaking of those games, one is coming out soon, but not very soon. Actually May 10, to be exact. This a treat from Splash Damage, whom specialize in shooters, as well as Valve Corp, famous for series like Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress. The revolution begins with the new third-person shooter, Brink.

The main story of the game takes place in the utopian city of The Ark, a floating city surrounded by the waters from a flooded Earth. The Ark is where two factions named “Resistance” and “Security” fight to the death, either fighting for the Ark or uniting/defending The Ark. Up to sixteen can play this online. My own brother described Brink as a mixture of Mass Effect, Monday Night Combat, and Mirror’s Edge. How it resembles Mass Effect is that it’s some weird crazy sci-fi shooter, and you can play as bots and weirdos like that. Monday Night Combat is resembled since you can actually pick a CHARACTER CLASS to be for the game: the operative, whose job is to sabotage the other team, hacking turrets and such, the medic, whose job is to heal, revive, and buff teammates, the soldier, whose job is to specialize in warfare and weaponry, and the engineer, whose job is to defend tactical zones, improve weapons, and more. How it looks like Mirror’s Edge is the heavy use of parkour, which they smartly conceal by passing it as the system of SMART: Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain.

People are saying that Brink is the shooter that we have been waiting for. But is it really worth its puffed-up proud price of nearly $60 at GameStop? Let’s find out.

So, personally, now, do you think that Brink is worth your hard-earned cash…SH, caSH?

Check out YouTube or your local surroundings for more about Brink, and I’ll join you next time here on Sammwak!! 😉

-Sam

p.s. Did you know that the release dates of Brink kept getting bumped up and down? It went in this order: fall 2010, bumped up to May 13, 2011, bumped back to May 10, 2011. 😀