Chick Chick Boom
Two teams of cute baby chickens fighting with bombs, poison mushrooms, and violent storms. If that isn't a winning game idea, I don't know what is. Chick Chick Boom is a combat-style game that pits two teams of chicks against each other in a small divided field. It also holds the privilege of being one of two Flash games created by extra toxic and sponsored by Nintendo, the other being the fantastic retro platformer, Mission in Snowdriftland.
Use the mouse to draw different shapes on the egg at the bottom of the screen. Shapes let you attack the other team or defend your own, depending on what you draw. Accurate strokes produce more powerful moves, so keep a steady hand to get the most out of your drawings. Each attack has a corresponding countermeasure and if you watch your opponent closely you can minimize the damage done to your team. The goal is to stay alive as long as you can to unlock downloadable content and beat your own achievements.
Here's a quick run-down of the attack and defense moves at your disposal:
- Weight - A heavy weight drops from the sky and smashes hapless chicks.
- Bomb - Tosses a bomb to the opponent's field to injure a group of chicks.
- Lightning - Strikes from the dark cloud to damage a group of chicks. Watch out, though, as the cloud will drift to your side as well!
- Toadstool - Make poisonous toadstools grow on your enemy's field. Chicks that eat the fungi are sluggish and gradually lose health.
- Balloon - A hot air balloon carries a chick into the wild blue yonder.
- Arrows - Move the chicks to one side of your half of the field. Useful for avoiding lightning and bombs.
- Lightning rod - Absorbs lightning.
- Medicine - Heals poisoned chicks.
- Sandbag - Weighs down the balloon so your chick can hop out safely.
Analysis: Chick Chick Boom is a gorgeous game with a cheery, bright presentation and a fun interface. The drawing mechanism adds a vital element of interactivity that simple button clicking would never accomplish. The rock-paper-scissors attack and defense system works well, and it's surprisingly challenging to balance a good offense with a strong defense. A traditional level-based progression would add to the experience, but the detailed statistics the game tracks offer a surprising amount of incentive to keep playing.
A simple idea with an extraordinary implementation.
Note: It seems that the game automatically starts you off in pro mode (these chicks have high standards). To start at the beginning click "Erase Game Progress" on the Team Info page.
Cheers to OtherBill for word about this new game. =)