Switch version tested
Review code provided
Sea King is a colourful party game for the younger players, boasting pick up and play pirate ship fun for up to four local players you must send your opponent’s down to the deep dark abyss in a generous selection of game modes. Starting things off with a handy tutorial to learn the ropes, left analogue stick will steer your vessel while the cannons are fired with X, Y, B and A respectively. To keep things simple the button lines up with the corresponding side of the ship, if you want to fire from the bow then press X, from the port side it’s Y and so on.
Twelve game modes are on offer with each one mixing thing’s up a bit though a couple felt fairly similar. They range from:
- Last Ship Sailing
- Capture the Flag
- Treasure Hunter
- Pearls Collector
- Seagull’s Nest
- Siren’s Song
- Vortex Royale
- Shark Pong
- Kraken Hug
- Catch the Flu
Having these extra objectives to toy around with certainly adds longevity to the party aspect and everyone is bound to have their favourite, personally we enjoyed Shark Pong though whichever mode you choose the set up of ship combat is ever present. Rounds can usually be won just by sinking your enemy enough times.
Eight ships are available to choose from and again each one looks very distinct and colourful, if you are short on friends or want to get some practice in you can add bots to the mix but they do felt pretty unbalanced and seemed to fire with sniper accuracy which felt out of place in a title so cartoonish and slap stick. These types of games really do come alive with a group of friends.
Graphics in general are very bright and colourful, again aiming for the younger audience with its cartoon appearance, everything from the water, ships, sharks etc. all stood out really well in both docked and handheld mode. Controls were responsive for what the gameplay required and simple to master though as I mentioned the AI on the bots was an unbalanced affair. The soundtrack was upbeat and fun with some comical sound effects and classic Yaar Harr piratey one-liners. Overall performance was very smooth, not that there is ever a huge amount going on at any given time it is nice to see a game that relies on party fun not suffering from chugging or latency.
For the younger crowd, Sea King is a colourful and fun game to play with friends that is charming and unoffensive in its delivery. With a wide selection of game modes to choose from it’s bound to keep the kids amused on a rainy day or a long car journey. The older generation may want to look elsewhere for their pirating pleasures. It would have been nice to see a creation suit added for players to set up tournaments or create their own modes and ships but at such a modest price we can’t really complain.