Rick’s been playing games since before he could walk. I went from an NES to a PS3 with nothing in between. We love to game together, but finding games we can both enjoy can be tough. Indie Game Date is our quest to find great indie games that both of us will love.
This week Rick and I finally got back to playing our way through Indie Gamer Chick’s online leaderboard and played Chompy Chomp Chomp, a game that had been near the top of my “to play” list since I started this feature, mostly because it looks really slick and it’s a co-op game so Rick and I can play it AT THE SAME TIME. Crazy, right?
It also wins with me because gameplay is dead simple. There are arenas. In each arena there are four little guys of different colours. You control one guy and the colour underneath that guy indicates the colour of the guy you should be trying to target. Then you just careen around the arena, trying to eat guys while avoid getting eaten yourself. There are power ups that appear periodically, but most of the arenas are too small to allow for much strategy. You run, you eat, you die. After a certain amount of time, which you set at the beginning of a match, the game ends and your points (eats vs eatens) are tallied and a winner is proclaimed.
The game also allows for online or local multiplayer, which makes the value you’re getting for $1 almost mind-blowing. To start with, Rick and I created a local game, each taking a controller and filling the rest with AI placeholders. Those little bastards. Most of the game was spent with me trying figure out who I was meant to be targeting, while Rick taunted me. It was totally nerve wracking, but totally exhilarating at the same time. That is to say, I still wasn’t very good at the game, but damn did we have fun playing it. It’s definitely the sort of thing that would entice us to make our friends bring extra controllers so we could play a match after a dinner party.
Unfortunately, due to continued schedule conflicts we didn’t get a chance to play more than one arena, but it’s definitely a game we’ll be coming back to. If you like games like Super Smash Bros or anything that is fast, fun and structured around the ability to trash talk your friends, you will be hard pressed to find a better game for $1.