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The Munchables for Nintendo Wii

Video Game Review: Munchables
Children's Video Game for Nintendo Wii

Our Recommended Age: Ages 6-up

Released: 2009

Our Rating: A



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This game looks like the average kidís game, but it has a quirky twist. Will that be enough to hold gamersí 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. The Munchables is an easy action and platforming single or duo player game, but its wacky premise and sense of humor offset its simplicity.

The game story is set on another planet called Star Ving where legendary orbs supply the inhabitants with endless food. The inhabitants, called munchables, eat from sun up to sun down in happy munching peace until space pirates steal their orbs. The gameís characters, Chomper and Munchy, get very hungry without their food supply and those thieving pirates have the unfortunate appearance of different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Hungry munchable equals pirate platter, and Chomper and Munchy go on a wild feeding frenzy with edible pirates as the main menu. Side dishes include village housing and the occasional UFO.

The player begins by choosing one of the characters and working their way through each of the 24 stages eating pirates. The player presses the A button on the Wii remote to eat, and the characters grow in size the more they consume. They canít munch pirates larger than them, but they can attack the pirates, which breaks them apart into smaller, more edible bits. The pirates can attack in return, which shrinks the characters back to the original size, but the player can restore them by shaking the Wii remote. Growing in size allows the characters to reach new areas as well, which means being able to reach collectables and secrets. These can unlock quirky accessories the player can use to fancify their character, like scales and peculiar headgear, which is a cute little bit of customization to keep the player engaged. A second player can get in on the action by being the other character and zapping enemies while the first character gorges on pirates.

Rated E for everyone, this gameís very simple gameplay and charming aesthetics will delight the young gamers, and the zany premise will attract the older crowd. The drawbacks to this game are its lack of challenge and repetitive nature. Itís extremely simple to play with plenty of instruction and easy recovery, plus each stage has essentially the same defeat strategy. This might be a bonus for very young players, but once the novelty of consuming the enemy wholesale wears off for more experienced players, they may find it monotonous. The Munchables is an enchanting adventure that should provide a few hours of offbeat, hilarious fun.
 

Pros:

  • Can be appealing to kids of all ages, as well as adults
  • Great characters, story, visuals, and music

Cons:

  • Can become monotonous for more experienced gamers
  • Multiplayer activities could be better

 

Our Rating:

A


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For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Munchables for the Nintendo Wii

Reviewed: 2014

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