Release Date: April 11th, 2012
Developer: Play Brains
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360 (XBLA)], PlayStation 3 (PSN)
Rated: T for Teen
Capcom and Play Brains has gone beyond the belief of what candy is. The life of candy is to be chewed and swallowed, and make people smile. So what happens when you get to the bottom of the pack and throw away the left overs, or even those defects and extra pieces that don’t get wrapped in the distribution line. This game explains it all.
This game begins when a guy who carelessly trips on his own shoes string. Popcorn goes flying everywhere, as well as the Sour Patch Kids. A handful become deserted and left for destruction inside the darkest place of them all, the dumpster. You’re a happy green little fellow that make friends quick with other stragglers. You can throw them at objects and more to proceed throughout gameplay, and they won’t even fuss about it.
When you have enough little guys and gals following you around, you can increase in size, becoming a force to be reckoned with. It’s specifically helpful when fighting enemies and breaking barriers that will attempt to slow you down. As you grow, you access new moves. When facing enemies or Bosses, a charging roll, which can be used as a 2nd or 3rd level Sour Patch, is very useful rather than being minuscule with only a jumping ability.
A narrator, Creed Bratton, will help you learn the ropes while jumping and wall climbing your way through nine different levels. The depressing part, is as you progress, it all feels the same. The scarification of your followers is acting worth watching. It gives you the answer to what-if. Also managing to perform 8 different sacrifices will unlock an achievement.
Controls are quite easy to become accustomed to as the narrator and signs along the way will walk through the motions. The concept of gameplay is side-scrolling, which will keep you maneuvering in one direction. Die however, and you may just splat towards your television monitor.
Graphics are pretty good; for all the dark, nasty and grimy areas you can leave candy stuck. The cutscenes are pretty unique as to how chewy candy can become pissed off. On the opposite end, the repetitive and un joyful sound of the solo track for the game can become irritating to the ears. “The Lost Kids” tracks is pretty solid, but after a few levels, you’re stuck with that one song.
You can sit a kid comfortably in a chair or couch, next to a pack of Sour Patch Kids and watch them have a great time, puckering up and enjoying the game at the same time. Or, use this as a method of what candy does to your belly when it’s not happy. In all seriousness, it’s fun for what it is, but levels seem too long and monotonous.
Overall Rating: 3/5