When I heard the newest Nitrome game since Sky Wire 2 was called Small Fry, I turned to my own "Small Fry", seven-year-old Roland. Roland, you've played every Nitrome game ever released. What makes this one special?
Roland: Like most games it gets harder and harder as you go. It has cool backgrounds. But this one is special because you get four different characters: Brain, Sporty Guy, Warrior and, last but not least, Skeleton. You have to get them all to the tree house at the end of the level.
Karmen: Each Fry comes equipped with special abilities, such as climbing or smashing, much like the classic Lemmings. Nitrome has used the Lemming concept in the past, with games like Sandman and Scribble. Here, the goal is similar: rescue as many small fries as possible. The little guys will move blindly onwards until they encounter an obstacle, stop to pause on a subterranean stump or reach their final destination.
Roland: But this is different. You can lift them by clicking on them and moving them around! Unless they are in a cave, that is. That also goes for water. In those places, you can't touch them. In the caves, there is a carving that says "no mouse" to remind you.
Karmen: Grabbing the characters allows you some control over their abilities. However, many puzzles are inside caves, so the levels can be quite challenging.
Roland: There are fry-eating piranha plants, thorny vines that can stab you and gigantic bugs. Don't worry, the warrior can punch the bugs. Also the skeleton can survive any disaster that would normally kill a fry.
Karmen: Small Fry has everything I love about Nitrome games: cute scenes with familiar faces, unique twists on classic ideas, and a few difficult levels requiring much planning, practice, and timing. We encountered a few minor bugs while playing, but they didn't detract from the overall experience. I think this is one of those games I'll come back to play again and again. How about you?
Roland: Oh yeah. I'll always play this one again. It's a great game! Everyone in the world should visit Nitrome.
Karmen: Well, I'll agree, it is a pretty good place to go for family fun. Thanks, Roland! And, to everyone in the world: like he said, visit Nitrome, and