Game Review: Feeding Frenzy 2
Release: September 17th, 2008
Genre: Family Sidescoller
Developer: Popcap Games Inc.
Available Platforms: Xbox 360 (Live Arcade), PC
Players: 1-4 local
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Feeding Frenzy 2 is the sequel to… you guessed it, Feeding Frenzy. It’s a family-fun sidescrolling game in which you take on the role of a small fish, and move around the screen eating smaller fish. At the same time, you need to dodge and/or avoid the bigger fish who will munch on you. When you eat enough fish, you grow bigger (there are 3 stages of growth; small, medium, large) and are then able to eat bigger fish. Sometimes a level will involve jumping out of the ocean to eat flying bugs instead, however these are all small, and none can eat you (however you do sometimes have to avoid pelicans).
You can choose to play either Story Mode or Time Attack (Story mode, but with a time limit on each level). The are quite a few levels to play through, and as you make your way around the islands where the game takes place, you visit coral reefs, docks, and the deep dark ocean. You start life out as a blue fish, but as you progress through the game you gain a “Fish Upgrade”, changing your character, and adding new abilities. As well as other fish, you can also eat pearls to gain added bonus points, pick up time add-ons for time attack, and other power ups, in the form of rising bubbles. These can help you beat the level, or as said before add bonus points.
Multiplayer in this game is either co-op story mode/time attack, or head-to-head challenges. The multiplayer aspect of the game is quite fun, especially for a parent and their child. The challenges mostly involve things like eat the most fish, but can be fun for the family.
The graphics in the game are very nice for the genre. Very colourful, lots going on, and with the little watery effects and things, the game is easy on the eyes. I think the camera should have been zoomed out slightly, as sometimes you can be going in a direction, and not see what’s coming until BANG! and you’re swallowed whole by a barracuda.
Overall Feeding Frenzy 2 is a great game for the kids, for parents to play with their kids, or if you’re just looking for a break from the violence of Gears of War. It’s nothing spectacular, but what it does, it does well.