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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Every once in a while we come across games that is impossible to grasp without playing them first, Eets is one of those games.



In Eets your task is to guide a cute white blob, named Eets through a maze in order to obtain a piece of a puzzle, which later on in the game will form a complete puzzle. What makes Eets different is that it’s impossible to control the main character; instead you control its surroundings.

Sounds a bit quirky, right? It’s actually straight forward. The game comes with “Prankster Whales” that sucks everything in around them and catapult it out. Another interesting character in Eets is the “Radioactive Ginsengs”; they give the main character a shot which makes the poor guy mad. But there are also downright weird characters, such as the Super Pigs.

If you think that is weird I wonder what you will think of the Super Pigs. Basically the Super Pigs are two pigs, if you annoy one of them enough it will shoot out another pig screaming through its rear-end, which will eventually explode. Before it explodes it will shout “freedom”, hilarious if you are into that kind of comedy.  There are also more down to earth tools, for example a light bulb that will prevent Eets getting scared in the dark.

The above character’s main purpose is to move the little guy through the level. For example on one level you might have to give the main character a shot of radioactive ginseng so that he jumps over a cliff and then you might have to use the whale to catapult Eets high into the sky in order to reach the puzzle piece.

In order to solve the puzzles at each level you need to place the different characters and tools correctly. When placed the different characters contribute to moving Eets on the level. But Eets is also a hungry chap (hence the name), the different stuff he eats will affect his mood.
Eets has a very special set of graphics that will make you recognize it from a mile away. They are a mixture between Super Mario World 2 (for the SNES, if you remember the game) and a cute Asian comic book. However the developers have managed to retain their own style, and I must say that the graphics are a huge selling point for this game.  I’m a sucker for nice backgrounds, and Eets has those really nice Nintendoish ones that you could die for.

The soundtrack in Eets is catchy with a piano in the background, but it doesn ´t change much during the game and there are only about four different tracks. Yes it can get a bit frustrating for the ears. An improvement of the game would be to compose more soundtracks to get some variety.  
Playing Eets is a bit like playing Lemmings, in the sense that you can’t control the main character in the game. But this game has a real nice original idea behind it, when playing you can tell that the developers have really thought Eets through. Eets is also very easy to learn, it’s simply a matter of clicking and dragging characters.

Klei Entertainment also gives buyers of the game a nifty custom puzzle creator (essentially a level editor). Of course I was all over it to create my own levels, and it worked like a charm. The editor is very easy to learn and the interface is similar to the rest of the game, unlike many other level editors. When you have played through Eets you can add new community created levels from eetsgame.com.

The last time I had this kind of revelation when playing a game was when Worms hit the market in 1996. I really love Eets, it’s not a perfect game but has originality and more importantly it’s extensive. The problems with the soundtrack can be easily fixed, so I will give this game our highest score. For just $9.95 you get a game that will last well into the next year, Eets is already a classic!

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Related: Worms, Worms 2, Lemmings, Lemmings: Christmas Edition
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Website for Game: http://www.eetsgame.com
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/2000/XP
Where to get: Download Demo Here
Cost of full game: $9.95
Year of Release: 2006

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.




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