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Animeals Review

By , on November 16, 2010


Animeals
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Simple, approachable physics puzzles.
  • Two additional characters to unlock.
  • Clever level designs.

CONS

  • New characters only change gameplay slightly.
  • Little incentive to replay due to low restrictions in gameplay.

VERDICT

Floop is a fun physics challenge that holds back on the challenge, but makes up for it with its cute charm and interesting levels.


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In Floop by blacksmith games, food has suddenly become sentient and somewhat suicidal as it attempts to fling itself in to the waiting maw of an animal that clearly understands the dynamics of this eater/eaten relationship.

Players are given control over an acorn/block of cheese/banana that can be flung around the screen by dragging back on the piece of food to give it a trajectory. Each of the game's 50 levels features a variety of objects that can get in your way, however without a timer or a limit on the moves you're free to take all the time in the world to get in to the gullet of the respective squirrel/mouse/monkey at the end of the level. Players are occasionally given control over some world objects like cannons and catapults, however unlike most situations the camera is fixed in place once inside these devices, making it hard to aim without some level of prescience.

Flinging the food around can be slightly disturbing, especially once you realize that the food doesn't have a manic grin on its face, but rather a cartoonish rictus of fear as it realizes its fate. Perhaps the animals are capable of telekinesis, hence resulting in their rather dower expressions of concentration as they hold their mouth open, awaiting its treat.

Floop isn't perfect, but it's not a punishing game and definitely an easy one to enjoy. Definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of physics titles like Angry Birds, but after something a bit more relaxed.

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