Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy

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7.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 7/10
Cuteness: 10/10
Addictiveness: 7/10

Faithful to the source material. Addictive. Fun for players of all levels. Cute, cute, cute.

Average gameplay. Puzzles can be a bit too easy.

Written by on September 27, 2013 in , [, , , , , , , , , , , , ]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy is a puzzle-match game based on the sequel to the 2009 hit family film. Yes, it’s a mobile game. Yes, it’s free to play, with additional boosts you can pay for. Those seem about the norm for a licensed movie tie-in these days. The game has some positives and negatives that I’ll get to, but what I’d really like to talk about is encapsulated by one word: Cute.

 

Minus the fact that you can swipe diagonally, the core gameplay feels very similar to Dots. Connect a given number of matching foodimals to take them off the game board, earn points, gain bonuses and complete objectives within a 60-second time limit. However, the beauty of Dots lies in its elegance and simplicity. In that vein, the beauty of Foodimal Frenzy lies within the sledgehammer of cute that crushes you throughout the game.

Happy-go-lucky characters like Barry the Strawberry and the Fruit Cockatiel are waiting for you to rescue them and their brethren from captivity. As each level winds down, the characters you can’t get off the board get progressively sadder. The developer, Playfirst, did an excellent job in both hyping you up, then guilting you down with an overload of cute.

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Something else that Playfirst did an excellent job with was bringing the world of the film to life. Major characters like Flint Lockwood and his monkey, Steve are well represented, as is Flint’s love interest, Sam Sparks. The vividly-colored, wondrous world of Swallow Falls has several key film areas to explore throughout over 60 game levels. Even bonuses like the Celebrationator, which wipes away similar groups of foodimals from the board, features prominently in the film. Foodimal Frenzy’s own basic narrative is also imperative to its source material, but perhaps I’ve already said too much…

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While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy is a fun game, the light degree of difficulty made the gameplay itself feel quite average. Despite that, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-constructed, free-to-play puzzler that remained faithful to the film without feeling like an afterthought that got thrown out into the market with no real care for its quality. This is a must-play for fans of the series, especially the young and young at heart. Just a warning, though – the sledgehammer of cute will hit you very hard. I’d suggest listening to some metal music while playing, just to balance things out a little.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy is available now for smartphones and tablets on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

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