Don’t you just hate it when you’ve baked a cake or some cookies and a bunch of bugs show up to carry it off? Perhaps it’s time to squish some of those Hungry Bugs in this sequel to last year’s “Hungry Bugs: Kitchen Invasion” from ASPGameSolutions.
This is a fun, simple little arcade game with great cartoon graphics that kids are sure to enjoy.
Concept and Functionality
The concept behind this fun time-waster is simple: you’ve prepared a selection of cakes, cookies, and candies and your kitchen is overrun with bugs trying to take a piece for themselves. Tap the bugs that approach your cake to scare them off or squish them out of the way. Once you have tapped enough of them, you unlock the next level with a different cake or other goodie.
Each level uses a different sweet treat and each one has its own quirks that affect how the game plays out. The basic cakes sit square in the middle of the table and bugs approach from every side, including flies that careen in from the edges and spiders that drop down from above.
As you unlock progressive levels, the cake may move off to one side or another, changing the approach of the bugs. In some levels, you are defending cookies or candy instead which spread out across the table attracting nothing but spiders from above.
Every successive level both increases the number of bug taps required to unlock the next and changes the mechanics of the bugs themselves to keep the game interesting. We found the tapping to be easy and generous, with little chance of missed taps due to a narrow hit window.
This will be especially useful for younger players who delight in swatting the bugs away but maybe don’t have the accuracy of their older counterparts. You will, however, lose a few points for tapping at random when no bugs are around.
The game includes a leaderboard, but its use on repeat plays may not be obvious to start as every level automatically ends when you reach the unlock target for the next level. The main menu also includes a number of easter eggs for those who tap and try to find them.
Hungry Bugs is very much a pick-up-and-play game, with very little instruction needed to immediately begin playing and enjoying. The graphics are cartoony and cute and there is a jaunty soundtrack with cute little bug noises each time you tap.
No downloader should expect to spend hours upon hours with this game, but for a few minutes in the waiting room or on the train, Hungry Bugs is a delightful little app with some surprises that will be great for kids and also pose a little challenge to adults as well.
Hungry Bugs requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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