With so many puzzle games in the App Store, any new release has its work cut out for it. Simply being average means you’ll be forgotten, which is certainly the case with Hungribles. It’s kind of fun and has its moments, but it’s the kind of game that makes you wish you were playing something better.
As you can likely guess from the title, Hungribles is about food. Specifically, it’s about animals that can’t get enough of it. No, that’s not right; it’s about animals that want to eat a very specific amount of food in each level. You fire objects that look like giant purple cookies at the animals, and once you’ve fed everyone you beat the level.
Feeding involves a rainbow powered slingshot. You pull back on it and then aim where you want to go. The twist, here, is that each animal has its own gravitational pull, and so you’ll need to use gravity to direct your shots where you want them. Hungribles also slowly introduces different types of animals, such as a turtle that hides in its shell once full, removing its affect on gravity, or lizard-like creatures that hide out in bubbles. Throw in platforms that you can bank shots off of and it seems like there’s a lot going on in the game.
Mushroom slingshot: take one.
It’s just too bad it’s all rather boring. The game is very generous with the number of shots you’re allowed in each stage, so it rarely takes more than two or three tries to finish a level, even in the harder stages. This is true in spite of the finicky controls, that will often shift just as you release the slingshot, messing up your aim entirely. The game also does a terrible job of introducing new elements, relying on comic book style panels that are virtually incomprehensible most of the time. It’s a good thing none of the animals are too hard to figure out through simple trial and error.
The rest of the game is unfortunately quite generic. There’s the now standard three star progression system for each level, and visuals that are cute but don’t possess near the same amount of charm as a game like, say, Cut the Rope.
So while Hungribles is mildly fun, it’s simply not enough to make it a notable game in a sea of similar, but ultimately superior, iOS puzzle games. Unless you’re desperate for a puzzle fix, this one will likely leave you hungry for something else.