If you’re looking for something light on calories but loaded with flavor, Super Snack Time is the game for you. Little Guy Games have come up with a winner with this adorable, colorful, and all-round enjoyable game for the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
So what's the story? The Hoggians were forced into hiding when the evil Gobblens attacked, but the tides turned when the Hoggians discovered how delicious the evil little buggers were. Now, the Gobblens have reappeared, and Hoggy (you) have been crowned Snack Master in time to defend your people and enjoy a massive feast all at the same time. Seems like a good deal to me!
Super Snack Time offers easy controls with balanced, often challenging game play. In the vein of Angry Birds, you use a sling shot to launch Hoggy into the sky to chomp down on the evil Gobblens floating by. There are a variety of enemy types, which helps keep the game feeling fresh. There are Gobblens that start off normal sized and shrink into oblivion as they move across the screen. Others that pull a Houdini by vanishing randomly, some spew juice everywhere when hit and some explode like ‘Splosion Man and take out their fellow Gobblens in a brutal chain reaction. Some freeze things, others are super fast, and so on. These little boogers have a wide range of superpowers, and are super cute to boot!
There are five worlds with two zones each, and each zone has six levels, totaling a butt load of Gobblen gobbling fun. If a Gobblen manages to exit the screen without being eaten, then it breaks Hoggy’s heart … literally. Hoggy has three hearts for each level and if you break them all by letting Gobblens escape, it’s game over. There is an option to skip levels if things get too difficult, but not without a price. In-game you accumulate coins, albeit very slowly, and you can use said coins to skip levels or help make the game easier by purchasing bonuses and boosts if need be. Spending coins never became much of an issue though, since the levels are tough, but balanced enough that you never want to gouge your eyes out in rage.
This game is highly addictive, but there are a few measures in place that can potentially keep you from playing it for hours at a time, or even for one hour. You start with five energy crystals and each level cost one to play. The game keeps things fair by giving you one when you beat a level. Energy builds up over time as well, but the levels aren’t that long, so if it takes a couple of times to get through a level, you quickly run out of energy. Playing is entertaining as hell, so it’s really disappointing to have to stop, and frustrating if you’re waiting around and have more time to kill than energy to spare.
The in-game shop has a nice variety, but everything is very costly compared to the rate of in-game income, which keeps a lot of the delectable costumes and upgrades out of reach, unless I wanted to spend real money. The game is free, so plopping down a dollar to purchase a few things doesn’t seem so bad, but it would’ve been nice to see a few things at a lower price so that those who aren’t looking to spend much don’t feel like they have to. On the up side, there isn’t anything you have to purchase. I’ve played games that require you to purchase a specific item before advancing to the next level, and if you don’t have enough money then tough turtles. Super Snack Time keeps the spending voluntary, which is much appreciated.
Unbelievably, Super Snack Time is a free download! Don’t waste any time! Go immediately and download it before Little Guy Games realize what an awesome game they’ve got.