“ Manufacturer: Oberon Media / Genre: Action / Release Date: 2006 „
One of the simplest arcade games on Xbox Live's Marketplace, for 400 Microsoft points, Feeding Frenzy consists of swimming around a steady screen full of rich sea life, gobbling up anything smaller than you or edible (to an extent). You start off as a little fish known as Andy, a small triangular fish that can dash around the screen in quick bursts via the A button or a trigger. Soon enough you unlock new fish which have the additional power of inhaling fish from a distance via the X button. The objective really is to eat as many fish as possible to become larger enough to progress to the next level and start all over again. Each level typically has 3 groups of fish all making themselves known, and you mush maneuver your fish into the direction of the smallest to eat them - the more you eat, the larger your fish becomes and when a set amount of points are gained, you get larger enough to take on bigger game. Of course it does have other elements to put you off and aid you in your attempt to become.. well.. a massive fish. There are depth charges that float about, hordes of jellyfish that paralyse, poisonous fish that reverse the controls and big enemies like Killers Whales and Sharks.
The power ups consist of:
Stars (for more points)
Frenzies (make you grab every edible fish on screen)
Atoms (freezes every fish on screen)
Lightning bolts (speed up)
Black Pearls ( more points)
Special Fish - like the golden snitch (more points)
Mermaid Stars (points for surviving a level)
Every now and then there are minigames in which you must dash across the seabed to steel pearls or floating stars. Which brings me onto the source of pearls, the clams - which are taken on at your peril as they clamp down tight when enough time has elapsed so there is an element of risk involved. You die when eaten or destroyed but then there are lives and continues to keep you going. The backgrounds are quite well done, with several colourful oceanic vistas in multiple shades of blue. Music is largely background noise or cartoonish drivel. The achievements are a bit on the ambitious side with such tasks as 'eat 1000 sharks' and play 10 hours. The simplicity is a double edged sword for this game though because on one hand it is a great advert for 'Pick up and play' but that in turn makes it lack in gaming variety. The only things that really change are the appearances of fish and levels and the difficulty of such levels, with more and more on screen activity. Overall a nice little game for everyone to unwind with or pass the time, in a relatively stress free way.
=== The product ===
This is an Xbox Live Arcade game where you are responsible for looking after a tank of fish. There are various types of fish in the game and each will outrank other fishes and possibly even eat them meaning it's game over for you!
=== The cost & where to find this ===
This can be purchased from the Xbox Live Arcade for a price varying from 400 to 800 Microsoft points depending on the current promotions or it can be purchased on the Xbox Live Arcade Compilation Disc, from Amazon.co.uk, for around £6.95 including free delivery (price correct November 2011).
=== The gameplay ===
There are 40 levels in this game, each of them being designed to be progressively harder as you play. The concept of the game is quite simple. You will begin the game as a certain fish type (angel fish, lion fish, angler fish, john dory fish or an orca fish) and each of them has a different feature. As you progress through the levels you will unlock bigger and better fish to play with and as you become a bigger fish there are more fish smaller than you that you can eat to earn points and progress to the end of that level.
=== The achievements ===
As this is an Xbox Live Arcade game there are only 200 achievement gamer score points up for grabs. The achievements are quite varied and some of them take a fair few hours of gameplay to unlock. There are achievements for completing the game, playing for a certain amount of hours, earning a certain amount of points and others too.
=== Overall opinion ===
This game is quite a lot of fun, even if it does not hold my attention for hours on end anymore. Whether playing in the normal mode or the time attack mode I find this game to be great fun. As I progress through the levels this game becomes harder and harder and this is probably what I love about it the most. Once my limited amount of lives are gone I have to start all over again, but I generally find it quite difficult to run out of lives, or even use one, until I am at the later levels out of the 40.
I have had this game for around 4 years now and even now I have not completed all of the achievements, just most. I generally find myself returning to this game when I have some time off work or a free day to myself and I am looking for something a little different to do. Some of the achievements are designed to take a long time to work on and I know that eventually I will complete the game and earn the full 200 points towards my gamer score.
I love the little features that each of the fish can do, whether sucking in other fish around or using a screen bomb to eat everything in sight there is lots to do in this game and lots of little features that bring something else to the game and help me get through it a little bit quicker.
Overall I quite like this game, the graphics are average, the sounds can be a little annoying once you play the game for more than ten minutes, however, there is just something about the ease of the game. I start playing it and before I know it an hour has passed me by in a blur and I've burnt the dinner!
I'd definitley say so! When I was an avid gamer I used to purchase X BOX Live Arcade games constantly just to clock up gamer score. Feeding Frenzy has a varied array of achievements.. Theres the ones that are endurance based which would take hours to gain - e.g playing the game for 10 hours! Then there are ones you can gain through playing through the game.
The game itself is really simple - you basically start as a small fish and have to engage fish smaller than you to eat them. The fun part is as you eat more fish your fish grows so you can start to eat bigger fish and eventually consume things like sharks and whales!!!
I played a similar game before on new grounds so when I read the description of this on Live I snapped it up straight away and its definitley worth it. Will kill a few hours of any bodies time. It is really addictive eating the smaller fish and watching yours grow :).
Not really one to get 100% achievments on but you can easily clock up 50 - 100 gamer points and have some fun!
Ok I admit I'm pretty cheap when it comes to arcade games. I don't like digital downloads all that much and I am often concerned about value for money with these games because you can't exactly trade them in after playing.
That being said, I played the demo for Feeding Frenzy and I was hooked from the get go, so I just had to buy it - and I didn't regret it for a second.
The premise is addictively simple. You are a fish - you have to avoid the other bigger fish while eating as many of the smaller fish as you can. This helps you grow larger and larger until you complete each level.
The controls are fantastically easy to pick up - you direct your fish around with the thumbstick, do a quick dash with the A button, and can suck in a group of fish with the X button. Even very small children would be able to play this.
The fish designs are all cartoony and really nice to look at. There is also a nice variety in the types of fish you play as (as you progress through the story and levels you eventually get 'fish upgrades') and they all have nice easy to remember names like Andy the Angelfish and Orville the Orca!
There are not only leaderboards so you can compare your eating skills with other friends but two game modes to play in - time attack and story mode. Story mode hasn't really got much of a story but it serves its purpose well enough. You need to reach the shark king, and eat him, by progressing through all 60 levels. Time attack is actually pretty challenging though so be warned.
All in all I really enjoyed playing this game - there is a nice variety to the levels, the types of fish and the powerups, and the achievements are relatively easy to unlock as well. If you enjoy the demo, then definitely go ahead and buy it - at 400 microsoft points it really is a complete bargain.
Well Feeding Frenzy is one of those classic games, you start small, you eat fish, you grow bigger, you eat bigger fish.
This game was originally an Xbox title, however it was remade 2 years later for the Xbox 360 as an XBLA title.
The game contains 40 challenging levels, each harder than the previous one, every few levels the player will take charge of a new fish, eventually ending up with an Orca.
The game only contains 2 modes, the standard adventure and time attack mode. However there is no multiplayer mode whatsoever, somethign that disappointed me greatly in this type of game.
Really theres not much else to say, as the game only contains 1 game mode, as time attack is the same as the adventure, just with a time limit.
This game is included in the XBLA compilation disc 1, along with Pac Man CE, Uno, Luxor 2 and Boom Boom Rocket. I suggest buying that pack, i didnt feel the game was really worth 400 MSP, it seemed more like a 80/240 MSP indie game to me.
The sequel Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown is probably a much better buy, even though its priced at 800 MSP, it does contain a 4 player co-op campaign and 4 player competitive mini-games on the same console.
Feeding Frenzy is an Arcade game for the Xbox 360, which can be purchased through the Xbox Live Marketplace or even through Xbox.com where you can have it downloaded to your Xbox the next time you go on.
It's a really fun game, which is similar to others where you control a fish and have to eat others smaller than you to grow. You start off quite small and can only eat small fish. You can also gain points by getting special items such as starfish. It's rather addicting and there are loads of achievements you can unlock from the game too, to increase your gamerscore. There are also leaderboards to compare your scores to your friends and other players.
Your score is at the top right of the screen along with any multiplier that you are on. There is a menu at the top left, which shows you the fish you can eat to make sure you don't go trying to eat sharks when you are a tiny fish. There is also a growth bar just below, which shows when you grow to the next level and size.
The graphics are pretty good and the scenery is quite atmospheric as your whole TV turns into an aquarium. The game is quite rapid and exciting due to this. The fish and backgrounds are all brightly coloured and the graphics are pretty good. There are loads of different levels to complete and achievements to unlock so this game has a good replay value. The sounds are good too as you swim through the water and eat fish. The controls are very simple as you just move the analogue stick in the direction you wish to swim.
Overall, it's a pretty good Arcade game and for just 400 Microsoft Points, it can be downloaded to your Xbox 360 taking up just 31MB of space. You may be interested in the newer version however - Feeding Frenzy 2. It's a great addicting game and opens a doorway to a lot of gameplay and achievements too.
Thanks for reading,
i saw my friend had written a review on this game and had to do the same as i couldnt agree more about how fantastic this game is. As you all know you play as a fish and the more small fish you eat the large you become leveling up throught the game. The game is very simple to play and you can easily spend hours playing the thing its that addictive. The port to xbox has been very successful, on a HD tv the graphics are simple but the colors are vivid and it looks really nice. Being xbox 360 there are also achievements, these are relatively easy to get.
a chunk are rewarded for completeting the different stages in the game for this you get 10G, others involve you eating a number of star bubbles.
Like all microsoft games you have to pay for it which is the only down side to this game. It costs 800msPoints which is pretty pricy at arround £6.50, i would say lay of buying this because you can pick up the disk that comes with the xbox arcade edition which includes the game on it with others.
Overall this game is very addictive and i would recomend looking for the disk in second hand game stores
I found this game on the xbox live marketplace and thought it looked quite fun - so i decided to download it - and it proved to be a good choice and certainly worth the 400 points it cost.
In the game you are a fish and have to complete several levels, each stage becoming a larger fish progressing right through to become a shark and you complete the game once you have eaten the great white shark.
In each level you can only eat smaller fish than yourself or these special bubbles containing power ups - such as greater speed or bonus points. As you eat more your fish will grow and you are able to eat larger fish until you complete the stage once you eat everything.
As you go through the levels it also becomes more challenging as you must avoid obstacles such as bombs and certain fish (green ones) make you ill and temporarily stunned.
There is also a special ability by which you eat lots of fish in quick succession and unlock the ability of "feeding frenzy" where it will eat everything available fish in one go and build up lots of points.
There are also special bonus stages with different challenges, and a special time trial mode is available in which you must complete each level or stage in a designated time.
This is a really fun arcade game which can become rather addictive (and sometimes irritating when you are eaten by a shark), and is certainly worth downloading, or at least download the demo.
A great little arcade game with hundreds of different levels to play through as well as other time attack modes.
Cost: 400 microsoft points (2100 points cost £17.50 from all retailers)
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