by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 5/5
You should buy this game if:
– You love Katamari Damacy
– You have a voracious appetite
– You want to end the world – but in a cute way
You shouldn’t buy this game if:
– You like your games serious
– You want a lot of replay value – there’s not much here, besides the novelty of devouring history
– You lack a mouse
Typically the end days are not considered an adorable, light-hearted way to spend one’s time. Video games can achieve everything, however, and in Tasty Planet 2, just like in its predecessor, the apocalypse is nothing more than a fun-filled mistake with nice background music. Huzzah!
With a story told via simple cartoon strips between worlds, Tasty Planet 2 is a tale of scientific achievement gone wrong. A pair of scientists have created a small gray pile of goo, and when one of them discovers that it has a rabid appetite for… anything… the thing gets loose and starts eating their lab. Soon it devours their time machine, sending it back to the age of the dinosaurs, where it begins to change time. Wonderfully goofy.
It’s this that makes Tasty Planet 2 similar to the series from which it draws inspiration, Katamari Damacy: it doesn’t take itself seriously. Your goal is to eat and eat and eat, growing ever larger so you can eat yet more. This is virtually identically to Katamari’s concept of rolling up huge balls of random items (though in this case the goo is presumably killing everything it eats… don’t think about that part).
The concept is simple. Your goo starts off small in a huge environment, and by eating things that are the same size as the goo or smaller it grows. This allows you to eat bigger stuff, making the goo bigger, and bigger, and bigger, until eventually it gets the chance to chow down on the solar system. Just like Katamari, though simpler since the goo operates on two dimensions rather than three and doesn’t get caught on objects.
Yep, that’s it. All you do is weave the mouse around and eat things. What’s the point of doing anything else? Every now and then you’ll get a themed stage where you have to eat a certain number of a particular object, sure, but even that isn’t far from the norm. Yet this doesn’t get boring, and the mere act of zipping around as the bizarrely-quick goo is fun on its own.
The most surprising element of Tasty Planet 2, however, is the appearance. You wouldn’t think, based on the menu screen, that it would be terribly pretty. Quite the contrary: the graphics, though basic, are rather attractive and well animated, and the considerable range of things to eat is much appreciated. Combine this with a suitably upbeat and awesome soundtrack and you’ve got an excellent downloadable game.
Want a challenge similar to Katamari? Tasty Planet 2 is the way to go. It has all that’s fun about those games and manages to strip away some of the more annoying elements. This thing’s a sure purchase at only $20. 5/5