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The Splatters developer speaks on the difficulties of the XBLA marketplace

By  •  January 27, 2013


Speaking to VentureBeat, SpikySnail Games Studio founder, Niv Fisher, has commented about the struggles that indie developers encounter when marketing their games on XBLA.

In particular, the developer of XBLA game The Splatters claims that the marketplace has gotten “tougher in the last couple of years, with a few titles getting lots of promotion, exposure and sales, and the rest are getting hit pretty hard.”

Fisher argues that Microsoft can do much to address the issue, particularly with regard to the current dashboard. “I feel the current dashboard just doesn’t work well as a storefront, especially if you want to encourage discovery or diversity,” explains Fisher.

“Games are hard to find, there’s no friend-recommendation system, and lots of the store promotional space goes toward non-game applications – and now, also downloadable retail games. Sales are usually poorly promoted, and dashboard placement is sold and bartered with. Small developers like us have very little to offer here and are often left on their own.”

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The Splatters review (XBLA)

By  •  April 11, 2012

The Splatters was developed by SpikySnail and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on April 11, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

The Splatters is a bright and lively twist on the puzzle genre. The object is to use blobs of paint to smash into “bombs” of the same color. Getting to all these bombs is where things start becoming tricky. You’re forced to slide, bounce, rewind and splatter you blob around each level. In each stage you start with a specific number of colored blobs and bombs all spread around the board, making you have to think two, three, or even four steps ahead of yourself at times. One of the major focuses during each level is combos; combos are how you will complete a level within said amount of moves (blobs) as well as how to increase your score. The Splatters will feel familiar on many levels like control, but is definitely designed to stand out on its own.

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The Splatters: the most fun you’ll ever have with gooey creatures

By  •  March 8, 2012

Almost every game does something right; whether it’s a fantastic new engine or physics, creative and quirky design, or interesting and challenging levels in which to experience it all, but to truly leave a mark a game needs to do everything right. After playing The Splatters a few dozen times and watching those colorful blobs explode and stain the screen, this could easily be one of those games. It’s launching on April 11 and it needs to be on your radar. Coming into GDC, I wasn’t too familiar with The Splatters or its developer Spiky Snail, an Israeli company founded in 2010 by two childhood friends. Yet throughout the week I keep finding myself wanting to come back and play more.

Players take control of these blob-like creatures and attempt to destroy bombs by exploding their splatter, releasing a paint like substance and coating the bombs in the paint. The basic controls are incredibly simple, as the left analog stick points the direction and the A button launches the splatter. Holding A will result in the splatter launching with enough force to cause it to explode should it come into contact with a wall or spikes, while lightly tapping the button will allow it to move locations. Players can change direction in midair both before exploding and after exploding through this same mechanic. The beginning levels have a few stages and slowly introduce basic mechanics. Every splatter that is still alive after completing a stage will continue to the next one until the end of the level where they will add points to a players score.

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The Splatters making a mess on April 11 for 800 points

By  •  March 8, 2012

We previously confirmed that The Splatters, developed by SpikeyNail, was coming to XBLA on April 11. Now thanks to Daniel McConnell, Product Manager at Microsoft Studios, we can also confirm …
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The Splatters arriving April 11

By  •  March 1, 2012

A new marketplace listing gives The Splatters a release date of April 11, 2012. Unlike other recent listings, it has been confirmed by Niv Fisher of developer SpikySnail that …
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The Splatters flips out over new move

By  •  February 9, 2012

The gelatinous acrobat team The Splatters have a new move to show off which truly tampers with physics. The new “flip” move causes everything on-screen to move in the …
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The Splatters commit colorful suicide in gameplay video from PAX

By  •  September 1, 2011

Microsoft and SpikySnail Games’ recently announced physics based XBLA title The Splatters was playable at last week’s PAX Prime event and Kotaku has provided us with a video to …
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The Splatters fire their way on to Xbox Live Arcade

By  •  August 10, 2011

Highly promising physics-sensation The Splatters is set to be published by Microsoft Studios on Xbox LIVE Arcade ahead of its PC release in 2012. The Splatters are a bunch …
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Splatters set to make a mess on April 11

By  •  March 29, 2012

Developer SpikySnail Games celebrated its game The Splatters passing Microsoft certification by releasing a launch trailer (which can be viewed above). Also announced is the game’s release date, April …
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Weekly deals: Xbox 360 & Xbox One sales and Games with Gold

By  •  October 3, 2016

Thanks for joining us again for the weekly round up of the Deals with Gold. Please remember that all prices listed below require an Xbox Live Gold membership.

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