Baby Nom Nom
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Despite its cutesy name, Baby Nom Nom, published by Playrise Digital Ltd., is not a game meant for babies. In fact, it’s a game that requires a lot of thought as well as strategy, speed and painstaking attention to detail.
Concept and Functionality:
The objective of the game is simple: feed the baby. But in order to do that, you’ll first have to get through a maze full of twists and turns within a short amount of time, usually in about one minute. If you fail, the baby won’t be quite as cute and will instead throw its empty bowl at you or throw a tantrum.
Unlike a lot of games, the mazes in Baby Nom Nom are controlled by rotation. And instead of a person or another object running or rolling through the maze, you have to slide grains of rice through the course, making Baby Nom Nom an even more challenging game. In order to get through a level, you have to get all of the rice through the maze in addition to getting at least 80% of your rice in the baby’s bowl. Miss a couple of grains and you’ll most likely have to go back through the maze.
If the time constraint or the minutiae of the game give you a hard time, Baby Nom Nom offers two types of power ups that help freeze the time and guide the grains of rice towards the exit. Additional power ups can be purchased once you use up the six that are initially provided.
Baby Nom Nom has 36 different mazes separated into three worlds that each presents its own obstacle: Dis-oriental, Inca’s Curse and Tiki Torment. Dis-oriental, with bamboo-framed mazes, introduces locks that can only be opened with keys. In addition to locks, Inca’s Curse also has whirlpools that teleport rice, and Tiki Torment gives players even more of a challenge with fans that disperse the grains of rice.
The game itself is well put together, with colorful and charmingly cartoonish graphics, along with the semi-hypnotic Baby Nom Nom theme playing in the game selection menus. It’s as if the creators wanted to lure you into thinking this game is all rainbows, unicorns and happy babies, when Baby Nom Nom is actually quite a complex game.
It’s obvious that each maze in the game was carefully crafted. No two mazes are alike, and every maze (aside from the introductory ones that are made to be easier) is frustrating enough that you’ll feel like giving up from time to time, but also do-able enough that you’ll continue to play and keep trying.
Despite all of the various elements that make the game increasingly difficult, without them, Baby Nom Nom would not be nearly as fun of a game. In addition to finding the right way to go about each maze, a lot of precision and patience is necessary to successfully play the game. There were times during the game when I left behind a couple of grains of rice in the maze and ended up running out of time because I had to go back through the maze. It can be frustrating because you need exactly 100%, not just 99.9%, of the rice to be dumped out in order to move on, but you can quickly learn from your mistakes in the game.
And even though there are times when you’ll receive the wrath of a pudgy, wide-eyed baby if you don’t fully complete a maze, when you do successfully finish, nothing beats seeing the baby full and satisfied from the hearty bowl of rice you gathered yourself.
Baby Nom Nom is compatible with with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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