“ Genre: Puzzle for PLAYSTATION 3 „
I found this game on my boyfriend's PS3 and found it highly addictive. After a few moments of interrogation I found out he bought it through the PS3 for £3.99 on offer. Not being a big gamer myself, I do not own consoles or anything so if you are after fancy gaming terminology this is not the review for you.
I am going to review the "Single Player Adventure" aspect of this puzzle game, it also has a multi-player, challenge mode among other gaming modes but being a noob I have yet to finish the adventure mode. The main aim of the adventure mode is unlock all the places on the map and complete all their levels. Each place has on average 5 levels and there are 20+ places.
To complete a level you have to feed Biggs (your character) with critters, which come in a range of sizes: small fly like ones, normal size critters and big furry looking critters. The critters can only eat a critter smaller than itself. For example: you could feed the fly to the normal critter then feed that to the furry critter then it would pop and Biggs would be fed. In order to feed one critter to another you place Biggs underneath it and press X, he will extend his tongue and hide the critter in his mouth until you press X again to spit it out (This is better explained through the tutorials on the game).
I found that some levels are really easy and can be completed first try even by someone as useless as playing games as myself. However, I did find myself trying to complete one of the levels for about hour (yes it is that addicting).
I really enjoy the graphics of a game, it is a very visually pleasing came with cute critters as opposed to the spider hiding by my washing machine. The backgrounds are different forest scenes mostly but are all rather pretty unlike other puzzle games such as tetris which while addicting have less pleasing visuals.
The complexity of the controller is non existent, you only really have to use the X key to move the critters about and every so often when you get a power food (depending on the food you can blow up lots of critters at once) you have to use the O key and that is about it. Personally, as a person who does not play games often I get flustered when there are lots of different buttons to use at the same time.
If you are a fan of the following games or puzzle games in general then I would recommend you try this game on your PS3:
1) Tetris - It is similar in the fact that new rows of critters appear every so often.
2) Bejewelled - It is similar in the fact that if you blow up one critter which is lined up next to identical critters then it will blow those up too.
3) Neopets - Simply because they both have cute characters/critters.
Critter crunch is a game off the playstation network for download. The game has cute graphics and great puzzle game fun. The graphical design of the game is well implimented and takes a cute reature and makes beautiful and colorful backgrounds in the game.
The gameplay is simple you play as the creature named Biggs, and have to clear the level by feeding the critters on the top of the screen to other larger critters. By doing so in order you start to clear the screen and can also make chains to clear more of them. The game works like in tetris with a new row of critters appearing every so oftern. By clearing the screen of critters you win the level.
You also have power ups in game which will help you make it through the game and help you get outta tight spots. The game is made up of different modes, the main one being the adventure where you go through the different area lcearing different puzzle boards.
Then there are also challenges and survival moeds, which are added gameplay value for when you finish the adventure, and get extremely frustrating and challenging later on. The game also includes online multiplayer as well as 2 player modes, which are fun to play and make this game all the more addictive.
I tell you once you try the demo you will want the full version. Especially if you are a puzzle lover.
Critter Crunch is a relatively new game that is available on the Playstation Network, but which started life as an iPhone game.
My fiancé knows I love puzzles games so he bought me Critter Crunch after he showed me the free demo, because it has all the addictiveness of Tetris combined with the adorable cuteness of Bubble Bobble. The graphics and background artwork are truly stunning and if you've ever seen the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro, then you will have a good idea of what to expect.
The super cute character you control is called Biggs and he is a creature that eats the critters, which hang on vines. These critters are different sizes and you must feed smaller critters to larger ones in order to set off a chain-reaction so that they release jewels, which you catch and then feed to your family. The critters are also different colours and you will gain more points by placing the same coloured critters next to each other to set off bigger chains.
The game play is incredibly simple, as you just use the X button to use Biggs' tongue to grab and swallow a critter, and then press it again to release the critter where you want it to go. The only other buttons you need to use are R1 and the square button for scrolling through and using the Power Foods that you can pick up. These special abilities will help you manage your board of critters more effectively, so that you can create bigger and better chains or get yourself out of a tight spot. Occasionally you have to use the circle button to feed your son when he pops up.
There are two main modes of play: Single Player and Multiplayer.
In Single Player mode you have four sections to complete:
In the main Adventure section you walk around a map and in each different area you will have Adventure puzzle boards, where you just need to clear all the critters. When you complete these boards then you unlock Puzzle boards, where you have to clear the critters within a certain number of moves and also Challenge boards where you have to clear the critters within a time limit and in a certain way, such as 'Create 5 Food Chains within 45 seconds'. The boards get harder as you walk around the map and I found myself screaming in frustration at the TV "This is impossible!!" on some of them. This is because as the game progresses you get different types of critters, which can either help or hinder you and this makes it much more interesting and fun.
There are only 22 areas on the map and each has between 3-5 boards to complete. Once you have completed the whole map in the Adventure section, you can then go onto the Puzzles, Challenges and Survival sections. There are 100 Puzzle boards to complete and 55 Challenge boards, although the ones you complete in the Adventure section are included here. In the Survival section all you have to do is play for as long as possible to rack up points, whilst the game gets progressively faster.
I completed the whole game in a few days, but I did play it pretty much non-stop as it was so addictive! My fiancé also helped me out on a lot of the Puzzle boards as he's much better at that kind of thing.
The option of Multiplayer mode means that I can play against people on the Playstation Network (and if we had another controller then I could also play against my fiancé), which is great fun. I would advise completing the game in Single Player mode first as you build up a ranking and gain access to all the special Power Foods, so it's much easier to annihilate your opponent (not that I'm competitive or anything!) by dropping anvils on their head to stun them.
This game is visually stunning and the game play is really addictive and fun. It might look like a cute kids game, but believe me some of the Puzzles are really hard as you have to think logically about how the different types of critters will affect the others. I highly recommend this game as it's a bargain at only £4.49 and it guarantees hours of mind boggling fun!