With games like Cut the Rope (TMA Review) and Fruit Ninja doing so well on the App Store, it wasn’t too surprising to see another “slicing” app from Chillingo. This time, perfectly prepared produce is your goal in the recently released slice-and-dice game, Food Processing HD.
Similar in style to other games in this particular genre, there isn’t much of a traditional story line in Food Processing. Instead your main objective is to reach the highest score possible by slicing, tapping and swiping as much food as you can. There are 2 game modes available to you: the standard mode and Hell’s Kitchen.
In Standard mode, fruits and vegetables slowly make their way down a conveyor belt and your job is to slice and dismember them as they pass by. Points are awarded depending on how you “prepare” the food. So if you manage to cut an eggplant right at the tip of its head, you’ll score perfect points. Stringing together multiple perfects further earn you extra combo and bonus points. In addition, there are secret items that you can unlock by earning combos. The game ends when you’ve lost all 3 lives, where a life is lost for every missed food item or when you mistakenly touch a rotten fruit or vegetable.
The other mode is Hell’s Kitchen, which is unlocked when you score 600 points . Basically, it’s the standard mode all over again, but a lot more challenging (and fun) thanks to the increased speed, intensity and the various power ups at your disposal. It’s is an absolute blast to play and is now my favorite of the 2 modes. Also worth mentioning is that there is no difficulty level to choose from in Food Processing; rather the game gets progressively harder the longer you’re able to stay alive.
The game comes in two versions: Food Processing for the iPhone/iPod Touch ($0.99), and Food Processing HD ($1.99), which is the dedicated iPad version. The visuals on the iPad are spot on; the colors are rich, the “slicing” lines are crisp and the entire game flows extremely smoothly. The music and sound effects are also well done, adding to the atmosphere of frantic food preparation.
As is more often the case with Chillingo titles, this game has both Apple’s Game Center as well as Chillingo’s Crystal Network included. As such, get ready to complete challenges, unlock achievements and show off your high score for other gamers from around the globe.
Cutting to the chase (sorry, couldn’t help it), Food Processing is simply a fantastic arcade game for the iDevice. It’s extremely easy to pick up and highly addictive thanks to the well thought out gameplay mechanics. You’ll soon find yourself going back for more (and more) in an attempt to beat your previous high score. If you are a fan of games like Cut The Rope or Fruit Ninja, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
|Title:||Food Processing HD||Developer:||Chillingo|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1||Min OS Req:||3.2|