|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!
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!
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!
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