Sharks need to keep moving forward, and in this game, so will you. The idea comes out literally, with players needing to simply steer the shark left and right in order to proceed. But the flow of the gameplay matches this concept as well. You eat to get bigger, you find better prey, you evolve, you find a mate, you take care of the younger sharks -there is a constant forward progression in the flow and feel of the game. Ultimate Shark Simulator takes you in an in-depth view of what it is like to be the most dangerous living thing in the seas.
One of the first things we noticed about USS is that the game looks gorgeous for a mobile title. The underwater world is vast and deep, and yet it is represented in a way that is easy to appreciate. You will find large schools of fish, a seabed full of vegetation, rock formations, and even shipwrecks, you will even get to see a wide array of creatures such as orcas, mantas, and of course, other sharks. The focus here is presentation, however, and not realism. As such, do not expect things to scale properly (but least there is a decent approximation of scale), nor should you expect that light behaves the same way in the real world (the depths depicted in the game would be much, much darker in reality). The whole point of the game is for players to enjoy playing as a shark, and to this end, it does a pretty great job.
Players start out as a tiger shark. Fast, mobile, and armed with deadly rows of teeth, it is a pretty nasty thing to meet in the water, but hardly the most intimidating of shark-kind. Here, you are prompted to go around the sea, avoid bigger predators, and try to seek out prey that you can swallow in your hungry maws. It does not take all that long for players to get used to the game controls at this point in the game. And by the time you are able to swish around the sea with ease, you would have eaten enough fish to transform.
Obviously, animals do not just transform into a different breed out of the blue. While real world rules may not apply, this mechanic works well for the game as it allows players to control a new shark automatically. Newer, bigger, and stronger sharks will definitely move up the food chain. Remember that yesterday's predator is tomorrow's prey, so you will not have to be constantly on the run as more and more options for food join your menu.
Just because you are a big nasty shark, it does not mean that you are mean to go barreling down the front doors with guns blazing. The best thing to do is to follow nature and do as sharks are likely to do: hunt. Hunting prey means staying on their blind side, slowly moving towards them, and then when you are close enough, swim fast and grab a well earned bite. Constantly bringing all the attention to yourself will slow down your progression by forcing you into longer chases. Best save yourself the trouble by outmaneuvering them instead.
Of course, this goes double for targets that are the same size as you. While it is a good rule of thumb to avoid them until later in the game, at a certain point, you will want to start taking down the other sharks and bigger fish. This is your territory, and it makes sense for you to rule it. Engaging bigger and tougher animals in bite-fests is not as simple as it seems, so always try to get the advantage of first bite in order to send them packing.
As we mentioned, there is more to the Ultimate Shark Simulator than just eating others as many shark games offer you. You also need to take care of other sharks. Maybe you are raising a school, maybe you just want one mate -regardless of your approach, the game will want you to do more than just constantly eating and swimming. If you love this kind of approach, then you will probably enjoy Gluten Free Game's other offerings in the simulator series that focuses on other animals.
'Machinarium pushes the boundaries when it comes to what we know about traditional point and click titles. First, it has no dialogue save for a few text tidbits at the start. Its puzzles are confined to a single screen, and it's not afraid to lend a hand when needed. It's different, and it's infinitely more interesting because of it. To sum it up, Machinarium is one of those rare games that brilliantly executes radical ideas.'