Hungry Shark

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Hungry Shark is a series of arcade-style RPG games developed and published by Future Games of London (prior to Hungry Shark Evolution) and Ubisoft (since Hungry Shark Evolution).[1] The games allow players to control several unique species of sharks, including mako sharks, great white sharks, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, and megalodon. To progress, the player must consume other marine animals and grow in size until the next, more powerful shark is available for purchase. In May 2016, Hungry Shark World was downloaded 10 million times in six days,[2] reaching the top 10 free iPhone and Android apps.[3]

Editions of Hungry Shark[edit]

Hungry Shark Trilogy (2012–2013)[edit]

  • Hungry Shark: Part 1

The first game in the trilogy and the first in the series.

  • Hungry Shark: Part 2

A sequel to the previous game.

  • Hungry Shark: Part 3

The final game in the trilogy.

  • Hungry Shark: Trilogy re-release

A compilation of the first 3 games, updated with HD graphics

Hungry Shark: Night[edit]

The final game to be published solely by Future Games of London.

Hungry Shark Evolution (2014)[edit]

The first Hungry Shark game originally released by Future Games of London in 2012 and later published by Ubisoft in 2013 after the studio was officially acquired by the latter.

Hungry Shark World (2016)[edit]

A sequel to Hungry Shark Evolution, reached 50 million downloads.

Hungry Shark VR[edit]

A version of Hungry Shark that is in VR and runs on Google Daydream.

Hungry Dragon (2018)[edit]

A spinoff of Hungry Shark, where the player controls a flying dragon.

Gameplay[edit]

Hungry Shark revolves around the player, a lone shark, consuming various marine species to grow in size until the subsequent, more powerful sharks are unlocked. The number of species the player is able to consume depends on the strength of the shark; for instance, a reef shark cannot eat lionfish, but a great white shark is able to. Not all creatures can be consumed, and some are hostile towards the shark.

As the player progresses, the hazards posed to them increase; helicopters may begin dropping explosive barrels into the sea, or fisherman may seek out the player in an attempt to end their frenzy. In addition to these foes, the shark's health constantly deteriorates and can only be restored when food is consumed; if the player goes without food for too long, the shark will die. Each shark possesses a unique ability (such as freezing breath or a boost) that can be upgraded.

Like many other mobile games, the Hungry Shark series offers each game for free but charges real world money for additional gold (which can be acquired by playing the game) and gems (which can also be collected in the game). This freemium model has been met with criticism from some journalists.[4]

List of sharks[edit]

Hungry Shark Evolution[edit]

The sharks are divided into 2 groups, one is available via the "evolve" button, the next group is the Secret Lab. These sharks have power-ups.

Normal sharks[edit]

Name How to unlock
Reef shark Free
Mako shark Reach full growth with Reef Shark.
Hammerhead shark Reach full growth with Mako Shark.
Tiger shark Reach full growth with Hammerhead Shark.
Great white shark Reach full growth with Tiger Shark.
Megalodon Reach full growth with Great White Shark.
Big Daddy (Dunkleosteus) Reach full growth with Megalodon
Mr. Snappy (Mosasaurus) Reach full growth with Dunkleosteus
Alan, Destroyer of Worlds Reach full growth with Mosasaurus
Moby Dick Reach full growth with Alan
Leo (Liopleurodon) Reach full growth with Moby Dick
Nessie (Plesiosaur) Reach full growth with Liopleurodon

Secret Lab Shark[edit]

Secret lab sharks have a power-up included, however, they act differently, being unable to equip accessories and growth of the shark is not saved, however, it will grow rapidly. To unlock the secret lab, a high-score of at least 500,000 is required.[5]

Shark name Special power-up
Electro Shark Electric shock when using boost.
Ice Shark Super Freeze Breath
Robo Shark Turns mines into missiles.
Pyro Shark Dragon breath, flight, Meteor storm
Natasha the Narwhal Javelin toss
Ghost Shark Invincibility, teleportation
Sharkeleon Absorbs power of secret lab shark
Wereshark Moon rush, extreme speed

Hungry Shark World[edit]

The sharks are divided into 7 size groups, from smallest (XS) to largest (!!). Each shark's diet is limited to its size group.

Shark name Special ability
XS Extra small
Blacktip reef shark
S Small
Whitetip reef shark
Porbeagle
Blue shark
Stethacanthus Stuns enemies using its dorsal spikes
M Medium
Sand tiger shark
Thresher
Smooth hammerhead
Wobbegong Invisibility near solid surfaces
L Large
Bull shark
Goblin shark
Mako shark
Ichthyosaurus Locates mines and walks on land
XL Extra large
Megamouth shark
Great hammerhead
Tiger shark
Pliosaur Extendable neck, ability to walk on land
XXL Extra-extra large
Basking shark
Whale shark
Great white shark
!! Double exclamation
Megalodon Eats mines
Dunkleosteus Withstands attacks from bullets and other projectiles
Killer whale Moves on land, boost
Atomic shark Walks on land, heals itself using toxic waste, eats red jellyfish, in which no other sharks can eat
Zombie shark Bites and zombifies enemy sharks, explodes upon death
Helicoprion Saws right through enemies and prey
Mosasaurus Lunges at prey, stuns enemies with its tail, walks on land
Robo shark Glides, turns mines into missiles

Accolades[edit]

Hungry Shark World was nominated for "Best Casual Game" at The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards 2018.[6][7]

Violent game[edit]

Hungry Shark was a violent game due to destroying humans, rated for 12+ in iOS and 16+ in Android.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ubisoft Snapped Up Hungry Shark Developer". D.A.G.E.R. System. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  2. ^ Takahashi, Dean (May 12, 2016). "Ubisoft's Hungry Shark World topped 10M downloads on mobile in 6 days". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Top apps and games: Hungry Shark World chomps into the top 10". Montreal Gazette. May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hungry Shark World: 5 Things to Know". 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  5. ^ "Hungry Shark Evolution - Gameplay Questions". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  6. ^ Stephenson, Suzi (2018-09-19). "TIGA Announces Games Industry Awards 2018 Finalists". The Independent Game Developers' Association. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  7. ^ "2018 Winners". The Independent Game Developers' Association. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-02.