Produce Over Protein – “Organic Panic” Review

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Produce Over Protein – Organic Panic Review

Organic Panic sprouts out of nowhere and is surprisingly delicious

Overview

Organic Panic is a quirky game that pits fruits and vegetables against meats and cheeses. In almost every other scenario, I would faithfully stand with meats and cheese. I made a bacon grilled cheese sandwich right before I played the game (follow me on Snapchat or Instagram to see it). However, the fun I had being the foods I do not eat enough of made me switch sides. Organic Panic is a side-scrolling, action, puzzler that seems to be a mix of Worms and Metal Slug, with the amazingly fluid physics of Little Big Planet. The game was developed by indie developer Last Limb and published by GameMill Entertainment.

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Story – 6.5 

In a world ruled by meats and cheese, the fruits and vegetables are second class citizens. Tired of being horribly oppressed by the systemized hierarchy of the food chain, the fruits and vegetables start to fight back. Unwilling to take such disobedience, the meats and cheeses decide to use their formidable force to put the produce back in place. It is up to the player to take control of various different pieces of produce to strategically navigate the levels, collecting trinkets, and devour as many meats and cheeses to balance out the diet.

The story in Organic Panic is not original, but it is pretty relevant and it does more than enough set the premise of the game and tie it all together. The meats and cheese are set up as a crime syndicate, and the produce are unlikely heroes pull together and them on. The story plays out via comics at the beginning of each chapter which sets up an overarching connection between all the missions within the chapter. While not unique, the story does it’s job and keeps the game from feeling like a mindless task completion game.

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Gameplay – 9

The gameplay of Organic Panic is, in short, incredibly fun. Controlling the various fruits and vegetables feels veryfluid and natural without any inkling of being clunky. The height and length of jumping never seem to be out of control or hard to gauge, and the aiming feels like a natural extension of sight. The button layout has all the commands needed without having to go through a start menu and is not easy to confuse which button does what. The transition from different types of movement, different actions, and different mediums (on and in dirt, in and out of water) has a natural continuity that has player switch how they play with no notice.

The difficulty of the game increases incrementally with each stage and chapter, and there is also a more challenging mode after completing the main story. Also for completionist players, the levels are that much more challenging with the numerous tasks that can be completed per mission. The various methods and approaches to completeing tasks gives the game high replay value similar to that of say Angry Birds, and the ranking system will entice competitive players even more. The only downside would be the lack of depth. The levels are extremely short, like that of a mobile puzzle game, yet has the mechanics of a rich action platformer. It somestimes feels a little short changed for the amount of control and ability the players have.

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Mechanics – 8.5

The character design and 3D rendering of the animation is very appealing, but not necessaily impressive. The audio is also nothing noteworthy. The look and sound of the game are in no ways bad, they just aren’t what anyone would talk about when it comes to Organic Panic. However, the physics and rendition of it are spectacular! Limp Limb’s DAFT (Destrucitble and Fluid Technology) engine is truly remarkable. There is something incredibly gratifying about being able to shoot through a tree at the right angle to drop the log on your enemies and walk across it triumphantly. The DAFT engine with the fluid controls and gameplay make the entire game worth the price point.

Summary

Food fight to the extreme, Organic Panic is a fun and extremely well made game that is sure to provide players with hours of delictable violence and hilarious fun. While not remarkably unique in story or impressive in its graphics and audio, the gameplay is outstanding and the DAFT engine physics are on a tier of its own. The only downside to the game is that it feels like you are only beginning to scratch the surface of the possibilities that the fluid controls and DAFT engine have to offer.

Organic Panic is available as a digital release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will be arriving later this spring for Windows PC/Steam, for $14.99.
Organic Panic is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.

Organic Panic
  • 6.5/10
    Story - 6.5/10
  • 9/10
    Gameplay - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Mechanics - 8.5/10
8/10

The Verdict

Cute and quirky in its design, Organic Panic is a surprisingly rich action platformer that should appeal to even the most hardcore gamer. The DAFT engine is the x-factor in the game that really adds deep depth into what appears to be a simple puzzle/mission completion game. It is one of those games players have to play to truly appreciate, but be warned that an hour to four might disappear once the game starts.

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