Developer: Klei Entertainment
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini Retina

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Eets Munchies, the mobile debut of prolific PC developer Klei Entertainment is, essentially, a game of emotional manipulation.

EetsMunchies-1Players must get Eets, the bunny protagonist, from point A to point B by placing items and manipulating certain objects in order to get it to arrive safely at the goal. Players start each level with a selection of items that they can place and manipulate, along with ones that are already set. These items include ones that can move Eets and objects throughout the level, along with ones that change the rabbit’s mood. When in a normal mood, Eets will jump a ‘normal’ distance when it reaches edges. Eets walks faster and jumps farther when angry, caused by eating a pepper. Make it scared/sad with onions and it’ll sulk around slowly, turning around when it reaches edges. These three properties, and the items that manipulate the moods, are key to navigating the levels, along with collecting the three treats in each level that effectively function as stars.

Thankfully there’s the ability to play each level in slow, normal, or fast speeds, with the differing speeds being handy. Have a tricky timing-based level? Slow is great for that, and ensures that anything that requires timing remains a test of brains, not so much of reflexes. The hint system is great for tricky levels where players don’t really know where to start, and it’s not a monetized system; it’s actually just there to help with challenging levels.

What bothers me about Eets Munchies is just how haphazard the game feels. Correct solutions never really feel all that great, because often objects bounce at weird angles or jumps might have barely any clearance, and three-star solutions require weird manipulations of the game’s physics. Everything ultimately works, but there’s just that lack of satisfaction because so few solutions ever feel ‘clean’.

EetsMunchies-3There’s also a puzzle creator, which is easy enough to use but lacks the ability to share beyond one’s Game Center friends and severely hinders the feature’s usability – I’d love the ability to download levels from other players online and to share via email, or something similar.

I would say that Eets Munchies is a solid game that puzzle fans may enjoy, but it’s not an essential purchase.


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