What? The words “Nom Nom” are in the name of this game? Please tell me that there is “Baby” somewhere in there too. Oh, sweet lord yes! Is this a game borne out of some Nom Nom Babies internet meme? Not really, but let’s take a look anyway.

Much to my disappointment, Baby Nom Nom does not involve Tolkien-esque orcs and their hunger for babies. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find a more than serviceable puzzle game hiding under that promising title.

Baby Nom Nom has essentially the same idea as Cut the Rope. Something on the screen is hungry and it is up to you to move the food from one place to another to feed the little guy. In this instance, the organism is not a candy hungry lizard, but a little baby. Also, Baby Nom Nom has a distinct lack of ropes to cut. Instead, each level features a rotating maze filled with delectable treats. You’re tasked with rotating the maze in such a way that all the food falls out into a bowl for the baby to gobble up. If you collect the bonus foods on the way, you collect a higher score. Each level is timed, so you best get that kid fed as quickly as possible. No one likes the wails of a hungry infant.

The simple gameplay is somewhat hampered by an occasionally glitchy interface. The mazes have inertia and will keep rotating for a bit in the direction you flick them. The real problem is when you try and make finite adjustments. Somehow your finger touch gets lost in the software and it won’t register. It doesn’t happen too often, but it can definitely dampen your enjoyment if you were one grain of rice shy of a full bowl and high score because the interface wigged out.

There are a couple power-ups to help alleviate the strain of the timed countdown. You can get ones that pause the clock for a few seconds so you have a chance to think and get your bearings.

The design of the game itself is nice looking but nothing completely memorable. The baby looks cartoony and is animated quite well. The backgrounds and mazes are all vibrant and have their own bit of personality to each of the sections you unlock within the game.

Overall, Baby Nom Nom is a surprisingly good little puzzler. It isn’t the best, but it is far from the worst, and well worth some time to play. But, when you download this title, you’re even doing a bit of good to help orphans and kids in need. A portion of the profits of each download is sent to, “SOS Childrens Villages,” which is an international charity whose mission is to help out kids around the world.

So there you have it, Baby Nom Nom will tease your brain and fingers into satisfaction while at the same time making your heart feel nice since you’ve contributed a little bit of good to the world.

I’m still a bit sad that it didn’t involve orcs though.


Store Link: Baby Nom Nom for iPhone & iPad | By Playrise Digital Ltd. | Price: $2.99 | Version: 1.0.1 | 55.1 MB | Rating +

6.5 out of 10 arcade sushi rating