The great white shark has 40 to 45 teeth. It can smell your blood from up to 3000 feet away and chase you with up to 15 miles per hour. Well, there's your list of reasons to make a game about a shark that gets by on a strictly fruit-based diet. If you are going to make something this counter-intuitive, you better make it good!
Thankfully, Salad Shark is super fun. It has awesome retro-styled art that looks more pretty than it is pixelated. The presentation is authentic to the point it really feels you're playing a NES game. It also has a fine formula and executes it well. Salad Shark is literally played with a single finger. You tap the screen to make our apex predator-turned-vegan friend open its gaping maw while a hyper-energized monkey and its friends toss obscene amounts of fruit together with the occasional raw steak.
Now, here's the catch - fruit satiates Salad Shark and makes it happily swim to the deep sea at the end of the level. Raw steak, though? It causes it to have a stroke and immediately ends the challenge.
Thanks to their talents, developer Overtoast manages to squeeze a sizeable variety of challenges out of this purposefully simple setup. There are 20 unique "missions" - 10 which you unlock one by one as you play, and ten which are unlocked by watching 15-second ads. There's also a survival mode, which is pretty self-explanatory - eat all the fruit you can until the barrage of raw steaks gets the best of you.
Salad Shark pokes plenty of fun at itself through its course. There's a level styled after the Atari-2600 standard for graphics, and you can unlock additional skins. One of them lets you play as a semi-vegan Chtulhu who's able to resist three steaks before he floats off to the depths. Need we say more?
Salad Shark is essentially free to play, and users can remove the ads with a one-time $0.99 purchase. The game is only up on Google Play for now.