PS3 Review – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs released this summer alongside the movie with the same name. Like most other movie tie-ins the game follows the plot of the movie. Being based off an animated movie its safe to say that this game is geared towards the younger gamers out there. That being said there is plenty of fun to be had by older gamers as well.
You assume the role of Flint Lockwood, a scientist/inventor looking to create the next great invention. After years of trying, he finally achieves his goal. He invents a machine that converts water into food. Flint then uses this machine to make it rain food down on his home town of Swallow Falls. When things get out of control it’s up to Flint to save the day. Flint is joined by other characters along the way that lend a hand. These characters aren’t really explained all that well so unless you have seen the movie you may not get why they are there.
When you start the game you are greeted with an introduction that kind of resembles an old 8-bit game. This same style is used for all level intros and the ending sequence. Once the opening sequence is over you are given the choice of four levels to play in the first stage. After completing all of the levels in stage one you will be given access to the next stage. There are six stages in all, each with multiple levels to play through. Each level is plagued by different types of foods. One such level is covered in ice cream. You are given a modified blow dryer to melt your way through the level while taking out any enemy in your path and collecting various types of foods.
There are a total of six different inventions that Flint will use throughout his journey. All of them can be upgraded multiple times. You earn upgrades by collecting score bubbles. Once you progress further into the game you will be given more multiple inventions per level. You will be able to switch between them by pressing either L1 or R1.
Flint is controlled by using the left analog stick and you use the X button to jump. Thats it as far as controls go. The game is mostly comprised of simple platforming with no real consequences for dying. You will simply re-spawn in the same location. There are also relatively simple puzzles to solve. These usually involve carrying pieces of food to create steps to access other areas.
Graphics wise this game is on par with other games based off animated movies. Kids will really like this game as it feels like you are playing the movie. The sound is pretty standard for a game like this. The game is not terribly inventive or difficult which falls in line with most movie tie-ins. There is local co-op so you can play with a friend or child if you like. The overall length of the game is rather short and unfortunately there isn’t much replay value here. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a fun game to play if you have kids or really liked the movie.
PlayStation LifeStyle’s Final Score
Decent graphics and sound.
Worth purchasing if you have kids or really liked the movie.