Critter Crunch Review
Critter Crunch box art
System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Capybara Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Capybara / Player X 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 8, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

There were a few additions to the PS3 version such as new power-ups and gameplay tweaks, but perhaps what surprised me the most about Critter Crunch is that this new PSN game doesn't only offer a single-player experience; it also features co-op multiplayer and versus battles, both local and online. This means you can partner up with a friend and see how long you last, or you can just play against each other, cluttering your adversary's screen as you fill up your hunger meter or use power-ups against him to make him suffer hallucinations and play the wrong way. This competitive mode is loads of fun!

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The translation of Critter Crunch to the big screen has been made with care, for the most part. Capybara made sure the game shines in beautiful and colorful 1080p HD, and its ever-charming 2D visual style has been accentuated even more with cute, fuzzy, and colorful characters as well as lush, tropical environments that make the Island of Krunchatoa a desirable travel destination. Too bad it doesn't exist! The only slightly questionable part of the visuals is the addition of a goofy TV reporter that appears in numerous cutscenes telling stories about the critters as if it was a documentary. The lack of lip sync makes it look like a low-budget title, which contradicts the overall high quality presentation of the game.

Luckily, this game mostly exudes high quality, which also shows in the aural presentation. The sound effects and background music take you straight to the jungle, but not to a dangerous one - the game wants you to feel right at home in its flourishing tropical forest, so the quiet sound of the wind, chirping birds, and calm but cheerful tunes take care of that. If it wasn't for the crunch sounds, you'd think everything's alright in that part of the world!

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This addictive mix of frantic, puzzle-style gameplay is very satisfying and warrants hours of mindless fun. If you compare the PS3 version with the iPhone version, it'd be tough to say which version is better. I'd say they're so cheap you have to have them both! I wouldn't say the game is for everyone, but it's certainly perfect for all those who'll find charm and enjoyment in a puzzle game full of cute, hungry creatures that chomp one another and then explode. Don't expect to see any blood or guts though; in this game, it's all about happiness and keeping the belly full. Luckily, for just $7, this game won't keep you hungry, so you better give it a try!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Charming, fuzzy critters and lush tropical environments shine in full HD. Everything is even more detailed than on the iPhone.
3.9
Control
D-Pad controls work fine, but allowing players to use the analog stick would have been nice. Gameplay feels a bit slower than on the handheld.
4.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Cool music and sound effects take you straight to the jungle.
4.3
Play Value
This addictive puzzle game is lots of fun and comes loaded with dozens of adventure, puzzle, and challenge stages as well as local and online multiplayer gameplay. Best of all, it's super cheap!
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Like any thriving species, Capybara's award-winning, critically-acclaimed puzzle game, Critter Crunch, has taken another evolutionary leap forward and landed on the Playstation Network!
  • Critter Crunch has blossomed into an HD, Next-Gen feast for puzzle-hungry gamers!
  • Players take control of the oh-so-cuddly Biggs, a loveable jungle creature with an iron-clad stomach, indomitable tongue and fierce devotion to his offspring.
  • Biggs is in search of the jewel-rich critters that invade his habitat once a season, and using his tongue to pluck them from their vines, stuffs them into the waiting mouths of larger critters. Set off chain reactions of bursting critters that drop the tasty jewels for Biggs to regurgitate for his hungry family!
  • Local and online multiplayer modes offer both co-op and versus gameplay for up to two players.


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