Eater of Worlds
Eater of Worlds is a stylish side scrolling action game with a fun little twist: you're a blob that absorbs everything it comes in contact with. From fish to seaweed, cats, trees, humans and trucks, the world is your buffet and you're ready to eat. Gather as many objects as you can across the game's three levels and see if you can secure a space on the high score board.
This game will inevitably be compared to Katamari Damacy, so I'll get that out of the way right from the start. Yes, you do pick up objects and grow in size, but the similarities end there. Eater of Worlds is much more action-oriented and requires you to avoid obstacles and dash around the screen to grab everything you possibly can. Use the arrow keys to move left/right and nearer/farther from the screen. Tap the space bar to jump over the crazy spine-covered bad guys. Hitting one of these causes you to lose a handful of objects, so time your jumps carefully.
Each item you pick up is shown inside the blob, which if you think about it is kind of gross. Solution: don't think about it, just roll over stuff and be happy. After completing the three levels and submitting your score you get a custom URL to share with the world. Use it to challenge people to beat your high score.
The author of Eater of Worlds, Martin, was previously featured here for his series of rapid game prototypes written in Flash over the course of several weeks. Check out a few of our favorites from Prototyprally.
Analysis: I really enjoyed the pseudo-3D visual style of Eater of Worlds, though it does make it more difficult to orient yourself in the environment. Sometimes I swear I grabbed an item only to watch as it scrolled off the screen without me. Hit detection makes leaping over some of the spine enemies a bit difficult as well, but it's nothing you don't learn to compensate for.
In the first level there's a short period where the screen throbs in time with the thumping background music. The idea that the game would have some sort of musical element, even one as rudimentary as this, was exciting to me. Unfortunately it didn't pan out and the throbbing was cut from the rest of the game. Too bad!
Eater of Worlds is a unique and fun little game that shows a lot of promise to become even better. The presentation, including visual style and music, are a real treat, but it suffers from somewhat thin gameplay. Once you work through the three short levels there really isn't much of a reason to come back. Toss in a few twists and turns in the form of obstacles or power-ups and Eater of Worlds will be an eater of your time. As it stands, this is a great time waster and a clever idea that's well worth the experience!
Thanks to Wouter and Maxro for sending this one in!
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