Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Ken Recommends: Critter Crunch

This week I Recommend at least trying out this cool little puzzle game, "Critter Crunch" (Available for iPhone and Playstation 3. Version Reviewed: iPhone). A fairly simple game in that you have to feed smaller creatures to larger ones to clear rows of the same colour and eat the jewels that appear. Once you have enough jewels you can progress to the next level.

The controls are relatively simple on the iPhone version, use your finger to slide Biggs, your jewel hungry furry companion along the bottom. To grab a critter using Biggs' long tongue you simple tap the lovable lil' guy. You can then throw these critters into the mouths of others to activate chain combos and clearing the rows. The presentation is superb and creates an oddly nostalgic feel to go with pixels for the iPhone version (where as the PS3 version is vector animated characters and backgrounds), everything that you need to see on the screen is there and nothing feels forced in there. The music is also pleasant to listen to whilst you play and fits incredibly well with the game's visuals.

The art style is an immediate eye catcher, with the unique looking Biggs it's always fun to watch him eat-up the adorable critters and with a variety of backgrounds the game always feels fresh to play. The difficulty level works very well as for the first 10 levels things are relatively simple and easy making it very accessible to anyone who picls up the game, as the levels progress new types of critters begin to appear such as the ever irritating blocking critter making things a lot harder at times. Luckily if you fail a level you're always allowed to retry unfortunately this comes at the cost of points being deducted from you total score.

As the game gets more difficult Biggs will have more power-ups available to him, these power-ups include items such as chilies which when fed to a critter will make them explode in a line of flames, clearing one full row of other critters. These power-ups are only obtained by pulling off larger combos, but sometimes they'll appear with ones such as the food chain combo. (A food chain happens when you have a large critter behind a medium critter after feeding the medium critter a small critter.)

Critter Crunch features lots of re-play as the core game itself is incredibly engrossing and will make you come back for more, especially in later levels. The game also feature two additional modes: Puzzle mode where in you have unlimited time but only so many moves to clear the screen of critters and Time trial mode where in you have to clear the screen before the timer runs out. With three modes to choose all featuring over 30 levels to play and a bargain of an asking price Critter Crunch is well worth the investment for the quick blast or the odd binge, a truly puzzle game classic.

Critter Crunch is Available in the iTunes and Playstation Network stores

Creators of Critter Crunch, Capy's Website below:

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