Excerpt: The Munchables caught me by complete surprise. I had read the press releases, and generally understood the concept of this Wii game. Playing The Munchables is a completely different story. This is one fun, addictive little action adventure game. The Legendary Orbs get stolen by pirates, and the different lands of Star Ving (oh yes there is plenty of word play in this game). The Elder lets the player eat his/her way to cleanse the lands.
Summary: The Munchables
, while neat-looking, is ultimately for casual gamers. It can kill a quick afternoon, but regular gamers are going to drop this one fairly quick. It’s a definite rent, but don’t bother with a buy - you’ll be trading it for store credit within a week, anyways.
Excerpt: There have been a substantial amount of brilliantly odd games over the years, which leaves one wondering of just what kind of oddness is going on upstairs in the mushy region of the bodies of their creators. The Munchables is one such game: you control a creature with a hearty appetite and the more it eats, the bigger it gets. Just in case you’re wondering, yes it’s Japanese, quintessentially Japanese.
Excerpt: This game looks like the average kid’s game, but it has a quirky twist. Will that be enough to hold gamers’ attention? This review explores The Munchables and its playability for different audiences. The cover is bright and bouncy, with cartoon cutout characters surrounded by fruits and vegetables. It seems like just another in a long line of mind-numbing, cookie cutter games aimed at little kids, but appearances can be deceiving.
Conclusion: While thematically The Munchables is definitely aimed at a younger audience, its simplistic but satisfying gameplay and oddball nature should appease players of all ages. The controls mostly work well, its look is vibrant and colorful even if not graphically impressive, and the gameplay is easy enough for beginners but still maintains some hidden depth tucked away for more experienced players.
Fun, fresh platformer with mild violence and potty humor.
Common Sense Media
11 September 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game about a cute, colorful creature who eats invading space pirates (shaped like fruits and vegetables) is possessed of only mild cartoon violence. Munched enemies disappear without so much as a squeak or a drop of blood -- or juice, as the case may be. There is, however, a bit of toilet humor. At the end of each level our hero appears to poop out hundreds of glowing orbs.
Excerpt: There comes a time when a game, despite all its many faults, turns out to be fundamentally enjoyable. For me this lesson was learned with Namco Bandi's The Munchables. First off, lets say that it's no big surprise that this title is utterly ridiculous, as are many of the things that come out of Namco Bandi. Here we have strange food creatures that exist in a world comprised of separately themed islands.
Conclusion: aliens step out of their death ships; conveniently resembling living vegetables and fruit, the invading Tabemon become the prey of the constantly hungry Munchables, who are tasked by their elder to retrieve the stolen orbs while eating the Tabemon into extinction. Clearly, this story was made for kids in mind, but adults may appreciate the ironic humor as well as take notice how the legendary orbs resemble a mountain of sparkling poop.
Conclusion: The Munchables is a platforming/action game which leverages some of the more addictive qualities of Katamari Damacy and Pac-Man, and the result is immediately intuitive, if not a bit shallow overall. However, forgiving its disappointingly short campaign, what it suffers from most is a case of Super Princess Peach Simplicity (an illness which afflicts a troubling number of games these days).