Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Hungry Oni is a casual arcade game with great visuals and straightforward gameplay. It not’s the most innovative game out there but it packs a lot of fun into a simple concept and good gameplay.
Oni is a strange looking creature and he eats really bizarre “fruit,” like cactuses and fish bones, that fall from a tree. There are four colors of fruit and the point of the game is to have Oni eat as much fruit that that matches the color of the tree and to avoid any fruit that is not the same color as the tree. Now that might sound easy, but the color of the tree changes when Oni eats a magic leaf and sometime none of the fruit are the right color. If players stand in between two fruit of the same color, Oni will eat both at once for double the points.
Although the game is really simple, it starts with a good tutorial that explains everything. The only control is tapping and dragging across the bottom of the screen to move Oni. He will automatically pick up Oins, which are the in game currency that players collect.
The graphics in this game are great. They are cute and cheerful, and the visual assets along with the soundtrack create a really fun atmosphere. The backgrounds are really interesting and have a lot of detail. I noticed some references to pop culture icons, like The Lord of the Rings, Portal, and Star Wars hidden in the scrolling backgrounds. I could tell that the designers really put in a lot of work to get visual details of the game to a high level.
The home screen is actually Oni’s home and players decide what to do by walking from side to side. There are additional sections to the house other than the levels, like a fruit vending machine to exchange fruit for Oins, a gallery of achievements, and a spot to purchase different outfits.
Hungry Oni is a pretty fun casual game. The gameplay and controls are just about flawless and although it won’t blow anyone’s socks off with stunning 3D graphics or really innovative game mechanics, Hungry Oni offers a simple and easy gameplay.