Eat It! Review (iPhone)

Game Review: Eat It!
Release: September 20, 2010
Genre: Action
Developer: Dragon Team Interactive
Available Platforms: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later)
Players: 1
MSRP: $0.99
ESRB Rating: 4+
Website: Eat It!

Eat It! has lions and monkeys working together to eat falling fruit and meat. Eat the right foods and destroy the poison to build up your combo and score. Eat the wrong food and your animals will get sick!

The other animals laugh while the monkey suffers for eating meat.

The game begins with a single animal and food slowly descending from the heavens. Yawn through the first 30 seconds of the game until you get a second animal and the speed picks up. As your combo builds, the food starts falling faster and things get interesting. Chomp some more and you get a third animal; this is where it becomes challenging. Get your combo to around 100 and the panic really sets in.

Tap the lion to transform it into a monkey and vice versa; coordinate your animals to eat the right foods. Monkeys love bananas and lions are strictly carnivores, so don’t feed them the wrong food! The key to the game is consecutively eating the right foods and building your bonus meter. When the bonus meter fills, shake your iPhone to initiate the bonus round. Delicious stars and rotten bread rain down towards your animals’ mouths. Destroy the bread by tapping it or the bonus round will come to a swift end.

The game is incredibly easy to pick up and play. Even with no tutorial (which the game has) it becomes apparent that lions eat meat, monkeys eat fruit, and poison is bad. When the bonus meter fills, the word “SHAKE!” appears to remind you what to do. Eat It! thrives in its simplicity and is enjoyable to play with friends.

Tap the rotten bread to destroy it, then feast on the stars!

The only beef I have with the game is its high score table. Your top three and most recent scores save locally, but there is no global leaderboard. There is one in theory, but whenever I tap the World Rank button it says, “Connect Fail!” This type of game demands a global leaderboard. It looks like one will be implemented in the future, and it will be a welcome addition.

This is a global leaderboard away from a quintessential iPhone game. Simple instructions, easy to pick up and play, clean and cartoony graphics, crisp and fun sound…plus my girlfriend likes this game. Even the title screen music is catchy. Eat It! is an easy 99 cent purchase for any iPhone gamer.

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