Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S
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While penguins may not be widely known for their greed, their love of fish is no secret. In Greedy Penguins, using physics and ingenuity, players must get fish into the mouths of the waiting penguins. This style of game has certainly been seen before. Playing with the physics in various levels with different layouts and obstacles to get some object from one place to another is a well established iOS gaming concept. What Greedy Penguins brings to the genre is a bevy of intelligently designed levels with lots of cute if sometimes slightly off-color animated characters.
The gameplay in Greedy Penguins is typical for the genre. Players use the physics and the environment in each level to drop, bounce, roll, and fling fish into the penguin's mouths. Not just any fish can go to any penguin, though. The fish must match the color of the penguin that eats it or that penguin will get sick and throw up. Give a penguin the right fish, however, and they will happily dive into the water below and swim away. This gets them out of the way and lets players get fish to any other penguins in the level. These well designed levels make this game much more than just a physics toy, it actually becomes something of a puzzle with players trying to figure out the right sequence and timing of events.
The character are really well animated and each penguin as well as the various other environmental characters has its own unique set of animations. Some are cute, some are slightly crude, and some are just bizarre. These animations bring whimsy and interest to each level, and new animations are unlocked by doing well on the levels.
As a physics game, Greedy Penguins is run of the mill and standard, but as a puzzle game it really shines. The puzzles are clever, challenging, and super satisfying to figure out and complete. The animations are fun and well integrated with the gameplay. Innovative, though it may not be, Greedy Penguins is a well polished physics puzzler and players are sure to have a great time keeping these bird's bellies full.