Far, far from Skid Row, in a make-believe land (somewhere that's green,) lives a meat-eating plant in a terra-cotta pot. Now this plant is no ordinary meat-eating plant, for it can use its powerful jaws to grab ahold of ceiling or floor and pull itself along.
Feed Me is a unique platform Flash game in which the player navigates a potted plant through levels filled with obstacles and enemies in search of the exit door before time, or health, runs out.
Just click the mouse and the plant will try to stretch its head and neck to where the mouse pointer is. The same mechanic is used throughout the game to grab insects and watering cans for bonuses, as well as ceiling and floor tiles to get through all 15 levels.
Eat insects to increase the maximum length the plant can stretch, but some insects may bite back, so be careful. Grab watering cans for point bonuses that are awarded at the end of a level.
Analysis: This charming game is yet another original title from Mat and Heather of Nitrome. Their characteristic design style is evident here in both presentation and gameplay. The game features levels that ramp up in difficulty gradually thus easing the player into the game; and a map with unlockable levels that allows the player to replay any previously completed level at any time.
The game is enjoyable to play, though it is sometimes a tad awkward to control. For example, when trying to climb up onto a platform, the plant's pot sometimes hangs underneath making it difficult to get around it. As with Nitrome's other games, the minimum system requirements are skewed towards computers with higher performance capabilities, for the action seemed just a bit sluggish to me. This may likely have been by design, however, since I was able to play without a problem on my measly Mac G4 Powerbook.
The soundtrack, unfortunately, is dissonant and irritating, and I found myself almost immediately looking for the music mute button in the options menu, which doesn't exist(!) I wish there was a way to turn off the music without turning off the sound effects.
Nitpicks aside, Feed Me is another brilliant piece of work from Nitrome, and can be played free right from their website.