Baby Shark™: Sing & Swim Party review
Millions of kids are currently glued to the most popular YouTube video ever - Baby Shark. With a staggering viewer count in the billions, this catchy tune and its colorful undersea characters have become a global phenomenon of late. It was perhaps inevitable that an Xbox game would emerge from this sea of popularity.
The Feeling in Most Households
In many households like ours, the prospect of the Baby Shark-Turned-Video-Game elicits mixed feelings. As parents, we've weathered the storm of constant replays and are at last sailing in calmer waters. It's still a go-to comfort watch for our little ones, the familiarity of the song and its characters a soothing salve in a world forever changing.
A Dive into the Game - Baby Shark: Sing & Swim Party
Splashed with vibrant colors and filled with familiar tunes, Baby Shark: Sing & Swim Party delivers exactly what its title promises. Boasting a collection of 30 songs, this interactive game allows your little ones to sing and swim while engaging with their favorite oceanic characters.
The Family Bonding Element
Highlighting the developer's vision of inclusivity, the game's story mode allows for up to four players, making it a perfect fit for a family fun time. However, everyone would need a gamepad. Parents can take on the roles of Daddy & Mummy Shark while the kids dive into a fierce yet playful competition for Baby Shark. It’s clear more characters could ease the tension in some households. Additionally, the game offers a 'costumes' feature for added customization.
Diving Deep into Sing & Swim Party
Crafted by Outright Games, the game cuts a striking resemblance to the original version on YouTube. The game's developers, RecoTechnology, have faithfully recreated the vibrant world of Baby Shark, right down to their distinctive movements and simplified 2D forms. We're not totally certain that the original voice actors were used, but the portrayal is convincing, likely satisfying the youngest fans. A key standout is that the popular Baby Shark songs are taken directly from their YouTube and Spotify renditions.
A Journey to Fantastic Festival
The game's primary objective is to navigate towards the Fintastic Festival, akin to following a breadcrumb trail. Along the way, players encounter various areas, each featuring a unique song, and interact with it via two main minigames - 'sing' and 'swim.' The sing minigames are similar to Guitar Hero, requiring matching the rhythm of the song with the controller button presses. The swim minigames are relatively simpler, allowing characters to collect stars while avoiding obstacles.
The Game’s Potential Age Paradox
Despite its charm, the 'sing' games might pose a challenge for younger players. Based on our experience, the rhythm elements seem to be more suited towards older kids, around six years and up. However, the 'swim' games are largely enjoyable, with the whole family getting involved in the race to collect stars.
Here are a few more things parents might want to know about Baby Shark: Sing & Swim Party:
1. Limited Customization: The game does offer a bit of customization through costumes, but the selection is somewhat limited - a feature that might disappoint kids who love to personalize their game characters.
2. Friendly Competition: The game could foster a sense of friendly competition among siblings or family members. However, parents might want to be prepared to mediate any disagreements that arise.
3. Repetitive Content: While the game boasts a collection of 30 songs, there might be some repetitiveness as some of them are simply different versions of the Baby Shark theme.
4. No "Game Over": The game appears to be very forgiving and does not have a 'game over’ function. This can certainly alleviate frustration for younger or less adept players.
5. Localized Discomfort: The swim section's undulating path can potentially cause minor motion sickness in some players.
6. Parental Interaction: Given that some parts of the game may prove challenging for younger gamers (especially the 'sing' section), this game might require some level of parental guidance and interaction.
7. Gamepad Requirement: This game requires gamepads for each player. If you don't already have them at home, it will be an extra purchase on top of the game.
8. Child-Friendly Design: Baby Shark: Sing & Swim Party is age-appropriate and shares a similar design aesthetic to the YouTube videos, making it instantly recognizable to young fans of the Baby Shark universe.
9. Shared Screen Gameplay: The game is played on a shared screen, which can sometimes lead to confusion or mild frustration.
10. Educational Potential: Despite its entertainment focus, the game could also serve as a fun way for children to develop a sense of rhythm, timing, and spatial awareness.
Though it has a few minor gameplay issues, Baby Shark: Sing & Swim Party comes packed with a generous bunch of songs, 30 to be exact. These can be played outside of the story mode, adding to its expansive replay value. But caution is required: while it excels in content and presentation, parents may need to assist younger kids during the comparatively complex 'sing' sections of the game. In contrast, the 'swim' segments are more universally appealing.