Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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Not every trip to the grocery store ends with a thrillingly strategic bag stuffing session. Getting tons of groceries into a tiny paper bag may not seem like the best way to spend some free time, but Bag It! HD makes bagging food more fun than it has any right to be.
Bag It! HD takes the menial task of bagging groceries and turns it into an entertaining puzzle game where players must figure out how to fit different grocery items into a paper sack while limiting the amount of items that get crushed or broken. In each of the game's levels, a different assortment of grocery items are brought to the player via a conveyer belt (much like in a real grocery store) and the player must fit these items into the bag in the same general order in which they appear. Sometimes the challenge comes from stacking the items so that they won't break, other times the challenge is just to find a way to fit all of the items in the bag at all.
Each item in the game has its own weight and stacking them accordingly will save players from needlessly crushing other items. Items can also be dropped from varying heights, so players must be conscious of dropping items from too high and having them break from the fall. Items can also be rotated and bagged in any orientation. Once the bag is packed the items needs to survive and few moments as they shift in the bad while the player tilts the device to help them all settle in. Add to all these options the crazy and unique combos that come from placing items close to one another and players will need to take a much more strategic approach to bagging groceries here than they might on a normal Saturday afternoon trip to the store.
The animated grocery items are cute and the faces they make when they are happy, falling, or scared of getting crushed are great. The gameplay is varied, thanks to the many different types of items to bag and players will have a challenging time completing all the game's levels. Bag It! HD is a nice, quirky little departure form the stacking puzzle norm.