Aquatically themed platforming adventures have always been something of a dicey proposition. They seem simple enough on paper, but – as with massive floods or large gatherings of otherwise docile cats – adding thousands of gallons of water tends to change the equation a bit. I mean, let’s face it: underwater levels are generally the worst, and Ecco The Dolphin’s not anywhere near as good as you remember. So then, it’s a happy surprise to hear that, while short, PSN import Derrick The Deathfin‘s delightfully bitey ride is sweet while it lasts.
Unlike most sharks, Derrick is named Derrick. Also, he’s made of paper. Which may sound counter-productive to general sharkitude, but I suppose there’s something to be said for laying claim to the title “world’s first underwater papercraft videogame.” Here’s the basic rundown:
“It’s a fast-paced arcade action title set in a unique aquatic world made entirely out of paper & card. In the game Derrick rampages around the globe munching on paper creatures and destroying everything he sees under the guise of avenging the death of his parents.”
Based on the trailer, it looks unexpectedly Sonic-esque, but like the 2D blue blur of yore – not the 3D blue infernal disappointment trainwreck engine of today. Unfortunately, word out of console land is that it only clocks in at a few hours, so it’s up to you to decide if a rather shallow content pool justifies the $7.99 price tag. If so, you can do your fishy business hereabouts. And if not, well, at least enjoy this video of a man in a scuba suit explaining how one goes about making a papercraft videogame. It’s probably among the more enlightening and applicable things you’ll watch today.