The Munchables

Hungry For Some Gaming Goodies? Try Taking A Bite Out Of The Munchables

What It Is

The company that introduced the world to Pac-Man has a new game for us to sink our teeth into, called The Munchables. This game is wacky Japanese fun at it’s best and follows the story of Don Onion—a walking, talking, evil onion—who leads a band of space pirates on an invasion of a peaceful planet populated by a group of small creatures with voracious appetites know as the Munchables.

You will play through the game as two of the Munchables—Munchy, a cute, pink, tailed ball or Chomper, a horned, orange blob—as you set out to defeat all of Don Onion’s pirates by eating them. With each pirate you eat, your character will grow stronger and larger, enabling you to eat bigger pirates. The game is divided into eight worlds, each with three levels comprised of two free-roam and one boss-battle stage. At the end of each world, your score is tallied by your Munchable character expelling all the pirates consumed during the level. I told you it was wacky.

Why It’s Fun

The game’s quirky humor is also what makes it so enjoyable as the sight of a cute, little ball eating a giant carrot monster is as funny as it is strange. The soundtrack provides a constant head-bopping background beat to keep you moving through the game, which is comprised of vibrant, colorful and whimsical 3D environments, at a steady pace.

Who’s Going To Love It

This is one of those games that will rarely stump the player. Even the boss at the end of each world (traditionally the most challenging aspect of any game) is fairly simple to defeat, which makes this a great game for younger audiences.

Older gamers will enjoy the quirkiness and humor of The Munchables but might find the game to be too easy. However, that ease and steady pace of play makes this one of those addictive games that is very hard to put down.

What To Be Aware Of

The Munchables isn’t very challenging and even beginner-level gamers will be able to complete the main game in a matter of hours. Once you defeat all the bosses, you will unlock the more challenging, Mirror Mode, where levels are presented in reverse order and now feature an added time constraint.

Fun Scale

0 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

The Munchables
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Rated: Everyone

System: Nintendo Wii
Genre: Action
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $29.99
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: Summer 2009
Date of Review: July 2009

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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