Eets is an amazingly addictive action/puzzle downloadable game for Windows from Klei Entertainment. Your goal is to guide Eets to a shiny puzzle piece by placing different (and often wacky) items that affect his mood or behavior. The game has an undeniable charm and will easily get you hooked with its huge set of levels and online community complete with user-made level downloads.
Each stage begins with the action on pause while you place items from your inventory on the screen. Draw your eyes carefully on the path Eets will take, then add each item as necessary. When you press "Play", Eets starts walking in whichever direction he's facing. When he reaches the end of a platform, his actions vary depending on what mood he's in—angry, happy, or scared. A frightened Eets refuses to leap off platforms, while an enraged Eets leaps off without a second thought. Several things can alter his mood, but mainly feeding him different marshmallows will do the trick. Hence the game's tagline: Hunger. It's emotional.
The items range from "set them and leave them" types to objects you'll need to activate at the right time. Even though the game is primarily a puzzler, there's a fair amount of precision timing involved in many stages. Discovering the many ways you can send Eets flying around the stage to get the puzzle piece is a treat, and some of the levels require a bit of creativity to make it through. Fortunately you can try as many times you like or even skip the level and come back later.
There are seven main worlds and four environments you'll visit, each with a unique atmosphere and artwork. There are only half a dozen tunes that play during the game, but fortunately they don't get old very quickly. The art direction in Eets is gorgeous and chock-full of personality. Very desktop wallpaper worthy.
Eets Editor and Community: The included level editor in Eets is straightforward and very easy to use. Drag and drop platforms, decorations, items and objects straight onto the screen. You can rotate them, flip them around, change the music, backgrounds, foregrounds—you name it, you can customize it. The only difficult part of the editor is coming up with a good idea.
The Eets Community has a message board complete with custom level download center. You can upload, share, rate and review the many stages other players have created, then add your own to the list.
Analysis: It's obvious Klei Entertainment put a lot of love and care into Eets. It oozes style, charm, and sometimes excessive cuteness (Eets' sound when he jumps from a platform). I like the Incredible Machine influence on the game, and interacting with Eets through the dozens of crazy items is a lot of fun.
Any game that comes with an editor gets points in my book, and the Eets editor is extremely fun and easy to use. I have made a few levels and uploaded them to the Eets Community (look for "bard"). I've also seen some very intimidating and strange levels from other users there. The user base is fairly small at this point, but it's growing rapidly.
Eets had me at hello, and it has enough content to keep me hooked for a long time.