Keep­ing an eye on the coin-op gam­ing scene


A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bandai Namco, Raw Thrills, Spec­u­lar In­ter­ac­tive and In­joy Mo­tion, Splash! is a new jet-ski-rac­ing game that chan­nels the spir­its of Wave Race and Road Rash. The sit-down cabi­net’s seats re­sem­ble the rear por­tion of a jet ski, com­plete with red lights on the back and mo­tion feed­back that al­lows them to pitch and roll in sync with the on-screen ac­tion. The han­dle­bars, mean­while, are mounted to a rigid unit in front of the screen and have an at­tack but­ton that lets you knock other com­peti­tors off their ve­hi­cles if you get along­side them. Riders can also per­form stunts in the air.

Vis­ually, the sit-on jet skis are un­ex­pect­edly sub­dued, sport­ing a pre­dom­i­nantly black-and-blue colour scheme that’s more car in­te­rior than ar­cade ma­chine, but the screen hous­ing’s mix of mul­ti­coloured neon strip light­ing, yel­low-and-blue mar­quees, and the type­face used for the logo evoke Spla­toon’s noisier aes­thetic. The game has five tracks to choose from, all of which are playable in re­verse, and six char­ac­ters. Cour­ses are all pleas­ingly over­wrought (one sees the rac­ers start in the swim­ming pool of a cruise ship be­fore leap­ing into the swelling waves be­low) and stuffed with short­cuts – some of which see you ca­reer­ing along cliff paths rather than wa­ter­ways. There’s cur­rently no of­fi­cial re­lease date.

Game Splash! Man­u­fac­turer Bandai Namco, Raw Thrills

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