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