Have You Played… Splasher?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Splasher [official site] is a platform game about paint with properties like making you bounce or speed up.

Yes, that makes it a lot like a 2D Portal 2, but that’s no bad thing. What makes Splasher work is its level design, which uses the paint in conjunction with the main character’s cleaning water spray to create jumping challenges requiring precision and careful timing.

For example, there might be a tall series of jumps that require bouncy paint to complete, next to two spinning cannons, one of which is spraying the bouncy paint and another of which is spraying water to wash it off. You need to time your jumps to avoid landing on a recently cleaned patch and tumbling back to the ground below.

The paints are combined in a bunch of interesting ways, but the rules are simple enough that at times it’s possible to enter a flow state, beating challenges without stopping even as you see them for the first time. Aside from Portal 2, it reminds me of Dustforce – only I like Splasher better.


  1. skeletortoise says:

    No, but this does remind that there was a pretty fun flash 2D Portal game that existed. It was pretty great, in a killing-time-in-a-high-school-computer-lab sort of way.

    • Canadave says:

      I remember that too. I recall it being a fairly clever “translation” of the game into 2D, as well; I think the level design was pretty solid.

    • Rainshine says:

      That game is the reason I bought Portal in the end. And I’m glad I did, so yay them!

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    zapatapon says:

    I didn’t play it but the description reminds me of Nihilumbra, which I found quite enjoyable (and has really nice art).

    *edit: was covered on RPS there, also with a tip of the hat to Portal 2/Tag: the power of paint.