Sharknado: The Video Game is an endless runner set in the streets of NYC, which sees users swiping left and right to move Fin through three lanes of traffic to avoid obstacles and sharks. Users can swipe up or down to make Fin jump over or slide under obstacles, or can even jump onto sharks, which launches Fin higher into the air. Coins are also scattered throughout the environment, and can be used to purchase upgrades for Fin’s weapons.
These weapons are found randomly while playing, and come in the form of swords, baseball bats, golf clubs and tire irons. When active, these allow players to defeat one or more sharks in their path. The more sharks players kill in each game, the more points they earn for their high score, but players have more than just these temporary weapons at their disposal.
While the game is an endless runner, it does have isolated “stages,” which each see players working to destroy a single shark-filled tornado. After running for a time, players pick up a surfboard, which removes all obstacles but sharks and sees players surfing on water towards a chainsaw at the end of the path. If players survive to the chainsaw, they are lifted into the tornado itself, and must use this chainsaw to kill enough sharks to destroy the sharknado for good.
As gamers continue to play the game, they’ll level up the game’s varieties of sharks, earn virtual trading cards related to the film, and will frequently receive free premium currency as a reward for their progress. This premium currency can be used to unlock a second chance at the game over screen, or to instantly skip to a later stage in the game, populated by more difficult obstacles and rarer sharks.
“The Sharknado movies already exhibit a strange video game logic, so translating them into a work of interactive art wasn’t much of a challenge,” said game director Frank Cifaldi. “We still have a soft spot for the licensed games of our childhoods, the ones that took a lot of strange liberties in the name of fun, and I think we’ve succeeded in bringing that feeling to the 21st century.”
Sharknado: The Video Game is available to download for $2.99 on iOS.