Feed the Penguin: A cutesy, pleasant and stress free puzzle game.
There are so many 3D games nowadays that people just automatically expect to see fully rendered pretty graphics. But as we saw with some games recently (like Star Splitter 3D), graphics are only part of the package and without a decent game then the visual effects are almost wasted. Feed the Penguin is a great example that 3D isn’t necessary in every game. Not only does it have a fun core, but it also has a distinct hand drawn graphics style which makes this game rather pretty.
Gameplay: This puzzle game is like a controlled version of flight control crossed with an Adobe Illustrator vector drawer. On the screen you’ll see a dashed line with blue dots on it. The dotted line indicates the path which the penguin will travel along and you need to move the dots around to manipulate the journey. Eventhough everyone wants to send the penguins straight into the power sockets, that’s not what you’re meant to do. Instead you have to help the penguin collect all the food in each level to advance to the next. As well as the power plugs, people have to avoid all the other random objects in the way… like spiders and cockroaches… which are as big as the penguin… scary stuff!… This is such a casual game though because you’ve got all the time in the world to set everything up. Once you’re ready then you can tap the play button in the left corner of the screen and watch the penguin slide his way to freedom.
Along with snacking on the treats, players can also help the penguin light up the three bulbs which are dotted around. These light bulbs are effectively the game’s star system which add in a little bit of competitive element. But it’s not all just for show because the lights will eventually tally up to unlock the next room.
The good stuff: This is a charming brain teaser that is perfect for any puzzle gamer. The distinctive hand drawn art style is very endearing and easy on the eyes. In short, the atmosphere that’s created is very relaxing and this marries up with the simple and intuitive game controls.
A couple of negatives: The in-game ads will be in the way sometimes because you’ll want to move one of the blue dots underneath the ad! In fact if you do move the blue dot that far then you’ll probably need to restart the round because you won’t be able to touch the blue dot again. There’s also the issue of having no hints, but there is already a fully drawn path so it should still be possible to figure out the solution.
Rating: 4/5 Fun, relaxing, simple… FREE… what more could you ask for? Don’t wait to finish playing your 25 cent games… go and download Feed the Penguin now!
Feed the Penguin Promotional Youtube Video
Feed the Penguin Tips from Android Games Review:
- Don’t always think linearly. Remember that the path can criss cross anyhow you want. In some of the early levels you must do this to eat all the food correctly.
- The penguin has a fat body. You should remember that when you plot his path. That way you can avoid obstructions accordingly and you don’t need the path to fully intersect with food or light bulbs to collect or trigger them.
- The pattern of how the food is laid out can easily confuse you because it may be trying to suggest a path, but as long as you can form a rough channel which will cover all the sweets then you’ll pass the round.
- Play with your wifi off or mobile internet connection off to forcibly remove the in-round adverts.
Developers: Avko Labs