Those who enjoy a bit of casual, yet challenging, fun may want to have a look at Future Games of London's recent iPhone survival action title, Hungry Shark [App Store].

Hungry Shark is an aptly named title. The game puts you in tilt-based control of a shark that is, well, hungry. Your shark must feed -- constantly -- in order to keep his ever-dwindling health bar from tanking out. The menu consists of pretty, little tropical fish, humans, barracudas, penguins, pelicans, and scary-looking deep-sea anglers, among others. Bingeing yourself on a whole mess of fish at once gets you multiplier bonuses. And some things out there are best left uneaten or perhaps eaten just right. These include jelly fish, puffer fish, swordfish, and aquatic mines.

After a few minutes of play, zipping to and fro gobbling prey, you'll realize you've only just scratched the surface of the game, so to speak. While reefs and shores and ice block your way in places, you can swim your shark far down into the darkened depths to feast upon a more creepy-looking menu. But, whatever your depth, the name of the game is eat, eat, eat. As you do so, your shark will level up, growing in size and ferocity -- but be careful, your newfound might will soon attract the attention of shark hunters.

Along with the health meter, your shark has a boost meter that replenishes with time. A tap to the screen activates the speed boost which helps in grabbing fast moving prey or getting out of a sticky situation. Collecting lost items strewn about the seafloor (license plates, helmets, etc.) gains you points, as well.

Hungry Shark is a cute, fun, simple game that's pretty hard to put down. It has a just-one-more-time appeal that I would liken to Doodle Jump; it seems that surely the next game will win you a crown spot on the global leaderboards. It's a casual game that our forum readers are loving, and so are we.

( Note that the developers, who are active in our forums, have indicated that the game has a bug that prevents it from running on 3G iPod touch 32GB / 64GB models, at present. A free v1.1 update is on the way (already submitted) that will correct this issue and allow it to run on all iPhone platform devices. )

App Store Link: Hungry Shark, $1.99

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  • monster

    The shark looks retarded in the screenshots, not so bad in the video though.

    And first

    • wegmans

      Please don't start the "First" tackiness here.

      • monster

        Please don't police the internets

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        He's not policing the internets. He's just telling you to stop being a douche.

      • monster

        Telling people what to do?

        Sounds a lot like policing to me...

      • mosnter masher

        Hahahah, someone is affraid of the police.

  • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    Excellent, a Feeding Frenzy clone (which is itself an Intellivision Shark! Shark! clone). I love the games where a growing fish eats progressively bigger fish.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Not really a Feeding Frenzy clone. You start at the top of the food chain and stay there. Leveling/growing just makes you a tougher SOB.

  • monster

    The shark looks retarded in the screenshots, not so bad in the video though.

    And first

    • wegmans

      Please don't start the "First" tackiness here.

      • monster

        Please don't police the internets

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        He's not policing the internets. He's just telling you to stop being a douche.

      • monster

        Telling people what to do?

        Sounds a lot like policing to me...

      • mosnter masher

        Hahahah, someone is affraid of the police.

  • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    Excellent, a Feeding Frenzy clone (which is itself an Intellivision Shark! Shark! clone). I love the games where a growing fish eats progressively bigger fish.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Not really a Feeding Frenzy clone. You start at the top of the food chain and stay there. Leveling/growing just makes you a tougher SOB.

  • http://followapp.net/ followapp

    "Hungry Shark is a cute, fun, simple game that's pretty hard to put down."

    Yep, with eating people. I wouldn't recommend it for younger users.

  • http://followapp.net/ followapp

    "Hungry Shark is a cute, fun, simple game that's pretty hard to put down."

    Yep, with eating people. I wouldn't recommend it for younger users.

  • Lord Gek

    To correct the note there, I think it is the 32 and 64GB models of the iPod touch 3G with the problems, i.e. the ones with the same processors as the iPhone 3GS and not found in the 8 and 16GB models of the iPod Touch 3G).

  • Lord Gek

    To correct the note there, I think it is the 32 and 64GB models of the iPod touch 3G with the problems, i.e. the ones with the same processors as the iPhone 3GS and not found in the 8 and 16GB models of the iPod Touch 3G).

  • dysocde

    Future Games Of London,

    what a cool name! Anybody remember FSOL?

  • dysocde

    Future Games Of London,

    what a cool name! Anybody remember FSOL?

  • kevlar

    Yep, we have explosive, great track. First heard it on wipeout 2093 I think. I have their album, dead cities.

    • dysocde

      I hoped somebody came up with that! :D
      Yes, wipeout '2097' definately is my all time fav racing game with the hell of soundtrack!

      BTT
      Hungry Shark looks def. TASTY, I like this 'tastless humor' like '5mins' etc.
      You need some stomach for that.

      now bak to the buffet...

  • kevlar

    Yep, we have explosive, great track. First heard it on wipeout 2093 I think. I have their album, dead cities.

    • dysocde

      I hoped somebody came up with that! :D
      Yes, wipeout '2097' definately is my all time fav racing game with the hell of soundtrack!

      BTT
      Hungry Shark looks def. TASTY, I like this 'tastless humor' like '5mins' etc.
      You need some stomach for that.

      now bak to the buffet...

  • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    It's even bloodier than the Intellivision version!!! Agreed with Followapp above, parental guidance suggested. It's a good fun game though.

  • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    It's even bloodier than the Intellivision version!!! Agreed with Followapp above, parental guidance suggested. It's a good fun game though.

  • http://www.bolehland.net Dan

    logo somehow reminds me of a movie. was it finding nemo or something..

    • munkee

      Shark Tale meets Nemo.

  • http://www.bolehland.net Dan

    logo somehow reminds me of a movie. was it finding nemo or something..

    • munkee

      Shark Tale meets Nemo.

  • Jonesboy

    Really cool game; very addictive and inventive. I've heard that future updates will include new levels.

  • Jonesboy

    Really cool game; very addictive and inventive. I've heard that future updates will include new levels.

  • dysocde

    It plays a lot like Spore Origins. Only you this one has all the FUN Spore is missing.

  • dysocde

    It plays a lot like Spore Origins. Only you this one has all the FUN Spore is missing.

  • noo

    This is completely rip off from ishark, same concept but less entertaining.
    i thought it will be better but... Its just a cheap remake of ishark.
    Ishark has leaderboard too...

  • noo

    This is completely rip off from ishark, same concept but less entertaining.
    i thought it will be better but... Its just a cheap remake of ishark.
    Ishark has leaderboard too...

  • hayri özturan

    supersonic.

    best "free" game ever I've played on iphone.

  • hayri özturan

    supersonic.

    best "free" game ever I've played on iphone.

  • yourstupid

    tons of fun, great game buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yourstupid

    tons of fun, great game buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jamie

    i love this game from my dad

  • Lboss

    My 7 year old son LOVES this game and always wants my phone, I wish this game was available for his DS. Does anyone know of a similar game for DS, PC or Wii etc?

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

    Hungry Shark. Just love the name!

  • Zara1976

    Love this game but I downloaded it through MarketPlace for Android. I have Hungry Shark 2 which I think is better than the first game. Totally addictive, I cant stop playing it!