Throwback Thursday Review – Critter Crunch

As you already know if you read last weeks review, I had no intention of ever playing this game. Even if it was on sale for 50 cents, I just didn’t want to play it. After being roped into playing it and then being ditched I tossed the game to the side for a little while before realizing that I only had a couple of more trophies to go before getting the 100% and being done with this game. With trophies as my final motivation to actually finish this game, here’s what I thought about the game.

Like I am with many small games, I was surprised that there is an actual story to this game. It’s not just a puzzle game where it’s puzzle after puzzle, there’s a little story that goes with it. You play as Biggs, a little forest creature who’s task is to feed his always hungry children. What do you feed them? Gems. How do you feed them? You have to feed little animals to big animals to make them pop and release the gems so you can digest them and then puke up rainbows into the mouths of your children. All of this takes place where a Sir Hammerlock type of guy is in the forest observing Biggs and his family.

It took me a while to play this game, not because I wasn’t into it when I was playing, but because I had to be in the right mood to actually play this game. For me it wasn’t a game that I eagerly turned on my PS3 just to play this game. I would play it when I had some down time or after I just finished a big game. When I did finally get around to playing each time I was sort of into it, but if I got an invitation to play another game I usually dropped this game to play the other one. For some reason I could never become fully immersed in this game or lose track of time playing this game. There’s a bunch of levels and challenges and other puzzles to complete in the game and you shouldn’t be bored, but it’s just very repetitive.

This game is extremely simple to play. You have to feed the little creatures to the big creatures and create chains so that when they pop they release the gems for you to collect. While you’re doing this the board is constantly moving downwards and if gets past a certain line you’ll lose. It’s really not all that difficult though. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t breeze through the main part of the game, but the puzzle mode and challenge mode can be challenging at times.

The graphics for this game are ok. There’s nothing spectacular about them, but they’re fitting for this type of game. I thought that they were creative and different so they get some bonus points there.

There are 14 trophies for this game and you’ll get most of them by just playing the game. Some trophies involve getting some combos and other things, but those will come naturally as you just play the game. There are two multiplayer trophies and since the multiplayer was just about completely dead when I played, I’m sure it’s worse now. If you’re looking to get these trophies I suggest setting up a gaming session to do so.

Now for the multiplayer. I played through the PvP section of the multiplayer in order to gain rank and get the two trophies that came along with it. For this you have to be a quick thinker and quick with your movements. One mistake can ruin everything for you as you compete against someone else. You can throw different distractions at the person you’re playing with that will hopefully cause them to mess up certain things, but beware that they can and will do the same thing to you. It’s basically a free for all that will last you a couple of minutes for each game at the most. The multiplayer isn’t bad, but there just isn’t enough people playing it which is a major problem.

Overall I give this game a 3.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ There’s a cute little story that goes with the whole game.
+ There’s a bunch of different modes to play on.
+ Original and creative graphics.

What’s Not So Great:
A little repetitive at times.
Dead multiplayer that is required for trophies.

Overall this isn’t a bad game. It’s not the greatest game that was ever made, but it’s not the worst either. I would suggest playing this game if you’re a fan of puzzle adventure games, but definitely be willing to set up a game session if you’re looking to get those two multiplayer trophies.

Now for next week, I don’t know if you could really call this a game. It came with the Vita already pre-loaded and you can’t delete it and it has trophies. If you have a Vita you know that I’m talking about, it’s Welcome Park. Can this be considered a game or is it just a tutorial with trophies? I’ll let you know next week.


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