After a dozen and a half games we start to recognise the triggers that defines Shark's mojo. Take a young woman, a virgin still, and bring her in a situation where she will cross the boundaries between childhood and adultness in a coming of age ritual. It will put Shark in a finger-licking mood and us, the players, as well.
Horny Afternoon started with Wendy, a last-year boarding school student, who was eager to sexperiment during the school holidays with her piano teacher, a local handy man and fellow students Cloé and Kenny... The series now counts 6 separate adventures or 11 episodes and Wendy has evolved into a young adult...
In Babysitting a journalist accommodates Lola, the daughter of his university mentor and friend, as she has to do some research at the local library. Lola has a personal mission as well: 'to leave as a kid and to return as a woman' and Chris will be the subject of her seductive techniques. Babysitting has a sequel, Rivalries, set a month later, where Chris has to further deal with an amorous Lola. On top of that she has invited her friend Evelyn over for the weekend who has heard of Chris' excellent deflowering abilities.
Rites of Passage
In Shark's universe the rite of passage from virginity to adulthood often converges with a change of décor to a place that is considered safe but that will paradoxically awaken the heroine's sexuality. Wendy (and her school-friend Cloé) leave boarding school for the sheltered environment called home. Lola travels to a trustworthy friend's apartment. Evelyn is invited to stay for the weekend at Lola's place. It will not be different for Shark's latest freeware game.
It is called Campus and counts two episodes. Alyssa, an innocent and somewhat naïve farmer's daughter, goes to college and has just moved into the student's dormitory. While she is still unpacking Bruce and Matthew, both third year students, say hello and propose to watch a DVD later on. Bruce is the popular captain of the football team, Matthew is his opposite, a shy, slightly nerdy student. Also Meryl drops by, she is an extrovert and somewhat bratty type but without being snotty or arrogant (Alyssa will meet some of those later as a matter of fact).
Campus uses the same scoring system as Rivalries, during the game several decisions have to be made and these will add (and sometimes subtract) points to Alyssa's friends. The friend with the highest score will get Alyssa's undivided attention during the college's hazing party, a highly incorrect ceremony that would be rather controversial and illegal in the real world. Campus is an erotic game, with plastic people doing naughty things in a plastic world and thus Shark manages to get away with that.
The game has four possible endings, two of them are rather straightforward but the third is a real meanie and needs exactly the right path or it will lead to the fourth 'bad' ending. One good thing is that 'save' codes can be asked during the game, these codes make it possible to 'jump' to a desired scene without having to repeat the game all over from the beginning.
Believe it or not, but Campus is again a masterpiece of Shark's perverted creativity and I do mean that as a compliment.
Teasing (Christmas mini game, update 27 December 2013)
For Christmas 2013 Shark uploaded a mini-game called Teasing where Alyssa spends her winter holidays on a tropical sunny beach with her aunt and niece Emilee. Emilee, who wants to be a photo model, has noticed some boys on the beach and doesn't mind teasing them, in and out the water. The adventure doesn't go further than the obligatory sun lotion rubbing scene and some fun water sports (or is that water fun sports?). The perky Emilee always is the instigator and the real star of this adventure, while Alyssa tries to be the serious one. Meanwhile Shark's Lagoon visitors wonder if there ever will be a follow up. We'll see what the future will bring.
The Campus series
All games are playable online and can be downloaded (often in better quality) at Rapidshare. They have a hint system that can be activated by typing the right word, highlight or mark the space between the quotes ("like this") to reveal the secret word.
|CA1||Alyssa enters college and meets three students who all want to enter her, one way or another. Before she makes her choice she needs to attend some anatomy and art lessons, obviously. This is college after all. Toggle hint: type "butt" to highlight next move. More hints at the forum.|
|CA2||Another evening at the dorm, another opportunity to see her friends and even some teachers from a different angle. At the hazing ceremony (clothing optional) Alyssa has to choose who will be her guide. Toggle hint: type "butt" to highlight next move. More hints at the forum.|
|Teasing||TE1||Christmas 2013 mini-game. For the holidays Alyssa joins her niece Emilee on a tropical beach. Emilee doesn't mind teasing the boys in and out of the water. Toggle hint: unknown. More hints at the forum.|
Campus Jump Codes
Spoiler: the Campus game can jump to a certain scene by giving a
code at its start, using these codes take away most fun out of the game
and will skip earlier scenes. I noted down the following codes when I
played the game for this review and that (incomplete) list can be found
first column: jump code;
2nd, 3rd and 4th columns: Bruce, Matthew & Meryl hit points;
5th column: information
|Campus Part 1||B||M||M|
|DVD selection||Skips the intro|
|22011226||-1||0||-1||(after nature documentary)|
|College Hall||Before Anatomy Class|
|11200114||-1||0||-1||(after nature documentary)|
|22223231||1||0||0||(after horror movie)|
|22222331 0 1 0||0||1||0||(after romantic movie)|
|College Hall||After Anatomy Class|
|23211339||-1||1||-1||(after art class, choosing Matthew's painting)|
|23224242||2||0||0||(after art class, choosing Bruce's painting)|
|11621222||0||1||1||(after art class, choosing Meryl's painting)|
|23223342||1||1||0||(after art class, choosing Matthew's painting)|
|12313230||2||1||0||(what would a game be without a shower scene?)|
Campus Part 2
|In Bed with Meryl|
At the moment I write this Another Late Night At The Office can be played at Shark's Priv-Box, this is a sequel to Shark's 2006 game A Late Night At The Office that started Shark's road to stardom and poverty...
The purpose of the Priv-box is to finance Shark's website and the development of new games. For a participation of 10 euros one can access the private box for 30 days. When a new game is finished, the old one becomes free to play, but without the bonus scenes or extra games that are only published in the Priv-box.
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