Why did the chicken cross the road? If you’re doing your job right, you shouldn’t have to answer that question. Egg vs. Chicken is an interesting mash up of match 3 and tower defense that actually manages to blend the two genres fairly seamlessly. The cartoon quality visuals and 70s action TV show theme music make for a wacky atmosphere that serves a game like this well. I just wouldn’t expect too much depth from the game beyond trying to maximize your score via combos.
The playing field is divided into two areas. The lower area contains four rows of eggs, or what we like to call “ammunition”. You swipe the eggs to slide them around your territory, trying to get at least three eggs of the same color in a group. Once you have a group of three or more where at least one egg is in the top row you can swipe them forward to launch them at the oncoming chickens. Your goal is simply to make sure none of the chickens get to your home. You do have some haystacks that offer temporary protection, but if the chickens are left unattended they will peck away at the hay and eventually overrun your sanctum.
Besides your standard eggs you have special eggs which include fire, ice and electric, among others. Each type of egg is more effective against some chickens than others. Whenever a new egg or chicken is introduced you’ll get some tips on how they fit into the food chain. After that it’s up to you to remember what’s what. They are kind enough to supply a full review of eggs and chickens in the help file, so you just have to remember the details while you’re playing the game.
In addition to the eggs themselves you can get secondary weapons like bombs and mines. These are purchased with stars that you earn by destroying chickens. You can earn up to three stars per level, and you can also earn money by clicking on it when it appears in the top half of the screen. Money is used to buy the more elaborate weapons and defenses like ice traps and the ability to remove cones that pop up in the bottom half of the playing field.
Some items take effect right away, such as enhancements to your haystacks. Other weapons like bombs must be used by dragging them onto the playing field and letting go wherever you wish to apply them. There is certainly a lot to juggle between the top and bottom portions of the playing field as you get further on into the game. At the end of each level you earn a score based off the number of kills and any combos made by killing multiple chickens at once. There are Game Center leaderboards, but no achievements to earn, making the replay value only so-so.
The visuals are quite charming. Each chicken has its own way of strutting down the field and reacting to getting hit by eggs. The eggs themselves have quite a bit of personality for basically being eggs with eyes. The sound effects aren’t bad, but not quite as entertaining as the visuals. All they’d really need to do is make the sounds of the various chickens a bit more distinctive. It is pretty amusing to hear the eggs cheer at the end of each level, though. Fortunately the upbeat, 70′s action / detective show inspired soundtrack more than makes up for any deficiencies in the sound effects.
The one down side to Egg Vs Chicken is that I do not really find it addictive like I usually do with match 3 games. It’s definitely fun, and the atmosphere is loony, which is right up my alley. It’s also an inventive mash up between two genres. It just kind of gets repetitive after a while, making me have to break up my playing sessions into smaller segments. It’s a minor price to pay for something that’s unique in my collection of match 3 games, as far as I’m concerned.
|Title:||Egg vs. Chicken||Developer:||PlayFirst, Inc.|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.3||Min OS Req:||3.0|