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The Entertaining Parts
The Munchables has an off-the-wall charm played out in a graphical adventure with amazing style and adorable presentation. The little devil inside of you will love the weird enemy designs you will come up against in the vivid 3D environments cluttered with intricately detailed furniture and brightly colored corral reefs.
The Munchables includes a fun and entertaining ability to customize your character by adding a funny looking wizard's hat, a few stylish fish scales for greater appeal, an Indian headdress with flowing feathers, and other items. You eat your way to a greater size which makes you an even better eating machine. You can even eat two or three things at once for a nice eating combo. The design of this Wii video game is too simple to appeal to hardcore gamers, but this game play will definitely appeal to kids and casual gamers and entertain them for a few hours.
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The Parts That Need Improvement
The Munchables is a relatively short and shallow adventure that's too easy to challenge anybody but kids and casual gamers. The game play is very simple and becomes repetitive after the first hour, with a functional, but easy combat system involving eating monsters and filling your stomach with potent pirates that increase your size and power.
The Munchables lacks depth. Once you learn everything you need to know in the first half hour, there's no combat or character progression to speak of. This title needs additional abilities to add variety to the game play and new attacks to keep the combat fresh. That is, if it wants to compete with the best Wii games. They did add a few puzzle and platforming segments which add a little variety, but they were even easier than the combat.
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The Graphical Story
The Munchables has an inspiring graphical presentation that made me think of different bosses I could fight as I battled funny chocolate bars, deadly mushroom men, and other unique characters to the death. The all-seeing onion was particularly hilarious to look at with his charming visual appeal that has family-time appeal.
The animations were smooth and clean, there were no slow-downs in the frame rate and I saw no graphical glitches in this video game. The short platforming segments were fun and engaging with the useful control system and decent camera angle included.
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Sounds in the Game
The Munchables has an energetic sound track of electronic and kid's songs that start out entertaining you, but they eventually repeat too often and loose their ability to keep you listening. The sound effects will make you laugh as you eat. They're well designed and all the characters have unique sounds that are hilarious to hear.
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The Story Line
In The Munchables you play a munchable as you try to eat your way to freedom in a quest that begins on the planet Star Ving where the adorable and gluttonous munchables live. The story line is a disorganized mess that will confuse you and make the kids laugh. The vegetables and fruit-based foods get together with legendary orbs that the evil pirates covet. It's your job to stop them with your patented eating attack. This kind of insanity has a zany style that will appeal to kids and maybe a bored Wii gamer, but will drive an adult up the wall.
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The Munchables starts out very playable as you stuff your face with pirate produce but after the first few hours of eating the lack of depth turns this into a boring affair that lacks the ability to keep your interest. You're able to eat and grow which opens up new areas and secrets for you to take care of and opponents to reduce them to edible bits with your basic rolling attack. You can try to eat multiple opponents at the same time and achieve a nice combo, collect cleverly hidden acorns scattered through the levels, which allows you to unlock accessories to decorate your crew.
There are 24 stages for you to play in but all the levels were pretty similar, so it doesn't take as long as you first think. They also added an interesting Mirror mode that allows you to play the exploration levels in reverse and a co-op option that allows a friend or family member to help you by zapping the bad guys as you eat.
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The Final Word
The Munchables begins as an engaging meal that entertains and satisfies but ends as a disappointing appetizer that leaves you hungry for the main course. A great Wii video game to keep the kids entertained with a unique adventure that has unusual charm and style, The Munchables will reach its target audience.