In the new computer animated movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (loosely based on the book), the gang from the first film travel back to their island which was ravaged by giant food storms. On their return trip in the sequel, they discover the food has turned into living creatures! While the new 3DS game is based on the movie, it actually plays strikingly similar to Fruit Ninja!
Yup, that’s right. In each level, food will fly around on the top screen, and you must slash it into two with the stylus on the bottom screen. In most levels, you must cut up a certain amount of food to fill a meter. When it’s full, you’ve completed your goal and can move onto the next level. After each level you are rated on your score with one, two, or three stars. Just make sure to not cut up red objects that can hinder your progress, like red clocks that can decrease your time limit, or red paint cans that can end the level right then and there if you touch them! In some levels, they change the objectives up a bit. Sometimes you must slash a certain kind of food a certain number of times, while in others you must try not to miss any flying food at all (let three go by and it’s Game Over).
Sometimes, objects will fly by that if you slash them, you can unlock bonus levels and other goodies. Unlockables include new characters that you can use to change the background on the bottom screen to, and their voice will be featured as you play. By slashing certain machines and devices, you can unlock inventions that end up being power-ups that can show up as you play. If you slash orange vests worn by the bad guys in the movie, you can earn the trust of the Foodimals, and can view them in a gallery (not sure what good that does, though). You can also unlock bonus stages featuring events from the first movie and more.
The game has some problems, like lack of originality and a rather high difficulty level in the later stages (especially for a kids’ game). It’s also kind of hard to cut up the food since you’re not directly slashing at them, you just have to guesstimate where they would be on the bottom screen since they fly on the top part. But at least there are tons of things to unlock, which encourages replayability. Only other problem with the game is that it kind of made me hungry after playing it!
Reading skill is helpful for the text instructions, although with a little bit of help, the game is still pretty easy to figure out how to play by all ages. Younger players may get frustrated with the more difficult levels, though. If you’re OK with your kids watching the movie, they’ll be OK with the game, too. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is rated E for Everyone.