Orphan Feast


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Rating: 4.1/5 (62 votes)
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StaceyG"OrphanA hilariously macabre action platformer with great design and story, Orphan Feast was created by Robox Studios for Adult Swim.

You are the gruesome Creaky Tom who has been given the odious task by Oliver Twisted to snatch up children so they can be ground up into pies for greed and "culinary perversion." You must clobber or jump onto the orphans to stun them and shove them into your bag. Once the bag gets full, grab an umbrella to shoot up into the air and deposit your prey into a holding cell. Throw objects or use your cane to fight off cops, waiters, factory thugs, and watch out for the love crazed portly lady.

OrphanOnce you start capturing orphans, the heavier bag can be used as a more hefty weapon. You will also run into your competition the Artful Dodger. Prepare for a tough fight when you reach his lair. Here the story takes a surprising turn and you head off through the factory and work your way up the gear works. In the last chapter you must battle your way through the swanky restaurant and kitchen, then figure out how to reach the private bakery for the big boss fight with Oliver Twisted.

Analysis: What sets this game apart from most browser platform games is the really fantastic character design and the economical yet strong story elements. The fighting keeps the action moving, and having to struggle to get the kids is a funny challenge, certainly more intriguing than coin collecting in average platformers.

Storytelling in games seems to always be in a state of growing pains, and often misses the mark. Many games rely on elaborate backstory that you have to stop and read, or long boring cut scenes to convey story. This game borrowed some storytelling techniques from animated shorts. It utilized character, set pieces, action and level design to tell the story. There was sparse exposition and the one short cut scene used mainly character expression to punctuate emotion and convey story.

Another reviewer here at JIG felt that for a platform game it was somewhat clumsy, the fighting chaotic, and the screen was too small for the size of the characters. Well, since I pretty much suck at platform games, take his word on that. But being closer to the action did achieved two things: It brought you closer in to the point of view of the character so you're more part of the action and story, and it provided an additional puzzle challenge of trying to figure out which path to take. This in effect was like being in an unrevealed maze and was especially tricky during the factory sequence.

Robox has managed to maintain the tone and design down to the last detail. The health indicator is a beating anatomical heart that shrivels, the instruction page uses teeth and bones to represent the keys you press. The character design is fantastic. If you just let the main character rest onscreen he will laugh menacingly or might grab a kid out of the bag and take a bite. He even dies funny. An excellent score also fit the period and added perfectly to the tone.

Although the theme is dark, it is handled with humor and the game never gets gory, but some background images are disturbing and are not appropriate for younger kids.

Perhaps it's just me, since I like the "grim" in Grimms' Fairy tales, but who wouldn't want to be a ghoulish Victorian pie-throwing cannibal!?? Eat em' up and

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BlackWolfe Coyoten Author Profile Page September 9, 2008 3:30 PM

Heh, I stumbled on this thing when it was relatively new, and my only beef with it was the final boss fight. I wish I'd known you guys hadn't reviewed this, as I'd've recommended it.

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The_Corruptor Author Profile Page September 9, 2008 3:35 PM

The controls are a bit clunky, and knocking the orphans away is a bit irritating, but overall the game is fairly good.

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I remembered playing this game a while ago, its just as fun as i remembered.

they're tasty!

(i love the reference to a modest proposal in the beginning)

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The game itself was fairly easy, but in a good way. It's a distraction play through, not a challenge, and it succeeds very well. My only knocks against the game were it's way too hard to find a red umbrella during breakout phases and platforming hit detection on the moving platforms was rather weak. Combat was wonderfully chaotic, though it would be nice if you could swing a little faster. Knocking the orphans away was never really a big problem, if I was somewhere tight, I just jumped on their heads.

All in all, fun little 10 minute time waster

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Pretty, but poor play control and disappointing story/payoff.

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Terrible controls and gameplay... but the pretty pictures almost made up for it... almost... i died on the second level...

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I am rubbish. I can't shake off that largish lady who jumps on me straight away... Any ideas...

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mixedmetaphor Author Profile Page September 10, 2008 8:33 AM

I've played this game a few times before and always enjoyed it.

I love the kid who gets in a kick to your shins if you don't snag him right away, and the kid that gets tasted on the way into the bag. I also like the objects that you throw -- ipods, teapots, etc. Wonderfully random and funny. And, of course, the Grinch-inspired storyline.

I do NOT like the fat lady -- she is always lurking just past the view on the screen, and is impossible to extract once she latches on. Also, if you let the policeman get a few hits in, it's extremely difficult to fight back. The level with the gears and moving platforms is difficult.

Still, it's super fun for a work-break.

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WOW!
This is the most beatiful platform game I've seen since the 16-bit revolution!! From the graphics to the music.. even though the playability isn't great, they work very well. I didn't feel frustrated at any moment. (Can't say the same about 'chakan', for example. lol)

I liked the little twist in the story, but I don't think the review should have had so many details about it, though.

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*evil grin* I LOVE this game. I must be really sadistic on the inside or something, but I had a blast. I love the gameplay, the graphics, the music and the story. It was difficult but not so hard I got tired of it. I hate standard platform games for the most part. I'm in to games liek The Journeys of Reemus and other high quality games, but this was so cool. I was almost said it was over. There needs to be a sequel or four to this.

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Wow, I can't tell you why, but it seems there are a lot of cannibalistic stories and grim stories that take place in London. Great game, graphics are gorgeous.

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RexiaXIV August 8, 2009 9:56 PM

Too bad I always get laggy on adultswim, so I can never play the games smoothly. :c I always thought that most adultswim games are kind of hard...

Probably because I lag... I also didn't like how far the orphans flew when you hit them before you could shove 'em in your sack.

*curses at the headbutting orphans*

Anyway, I have to say, I love the music in this.

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Totally love this game. It's really awesome. XD

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The link doesn't go to the game anymore.

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