Hungry for some royal casual gameplay? This appetizing offering Feed the King from Dale and Peakot creator Juicy Beast relies on a simple yet addictive play mechanic. Each game starts with block-shaped cakes that hover back and forth in mid-air. Pressing the [down] arrow makes the pastries fall so they stack on top of each other to make an increasingly larger tower of cakes, unaffected by gravity. The catch? Each cake must land on the top-most layer of the last one — a tricky task for narrower cakes.
You earn points based on your cake placement. Stacking cakes near the edge of the last one, or narrowly avoiding floating bombs earns more points and starts a bonus multiplier. Depending on which of the three game modes you choose (based on lives, time, or cakes), eventually the cakes stop falling and it's time to launch the king out of his chair, om-nom-nomming as many pastries as possible while you steer him with the [left] and [right] arrow keys.
To enhance gameplay, Feed the King also has various add-ons and achievements. Power-ups are available in the store using coins earned as you play, or via microtransactions by purchasing MochiCoins. These power-ups include extra hearts, time, or cakes to extend gameplay, as well as the ability to slow down time or remove bombs from the screen. There are also about three-dozen achievements that trigger during gameplay, adding to the title's replay value.
Feed the King is a novel game with enough going for it to satisfy most casual game players' appetites. The scope and simple control scheme were clearly designed with the iPhone in mind, but it's just as entertaining to play on the PC. While it shares elements from previous block-stacking titles, Feed the King's fun launching portion mixed with its cute graphics, sound effects, and wacky theme makes it a fun play overall. So why not try a bite of this tasty morsel, and see if it fills you up with its sugary gaming goodness.