Game: Chompy Chomp Chomp
Released: Utopian World of Sandwiches, May 25, 2012
System: Microsoft Xbox360
Game started: June 2012
Amount completed: Many, many rounds of Chompy have been played.
On this, the first anniversary of Games I Made My Girlfriend Play, Laura and I held a small birthday party for our happy little blog. Cake and ice cream were necessary, so we decided to combine the two and purchase an Ice Cream Cake from Cold Stone Creamery. After acquiring our super-delicious confection, we needed some quality gaming to accompany our evening. You see, whenever we host a gathering here at GIMMGP Headquarters, there is a natural desire to have our guests play video games (surprise, surprise). Most of the friends Laura and I keep are some level of gamer, so such an activity makes sense. But whenever you bring video games into a party’s roster of stuff-to-do, you very quickly face the dilemma of which game to play.
Some of our friends are fiercely competitive and love playing first-person shooters. A night of Mountain Dew fueled deathmatching is the perfect party for them. Others enjoy the artistry and finesse of martial arts. These individuals would prefer an evening spent watching anime and perfecting fighting game skills. Then we have to consider the more casual player, who does not play many games outside of social events (or their iPhone). Scene-It, Rock Band, or pretty much any Kinect games will sate their gaming palatte. But unless we are hosting a specific gathering (ooh, theme party!), we will have a mixed crowd of guests. This situation inevitably leads to some people comprimising for everyone else to have a good time. But once in a while, a game comes out with universal appeal. A fun title with simply controls, frantic multiplayer, and approachable gameplay that anyone can enjoy. Chompy Chomp Chomp is that game.
In Chompy Chomp Chomp, there are no epic battlefields, diverse character rosters to choose from, or complex weapon options. The basic gameplay and controls of this game provide an easy gateway for players: use the control stick to chase and eat other Chompys, press “A” to use power-ups. As you guide your adorable little monster around the screen, the colored ring at their feet will indicate which other player to consume. Through the course of a round, the color of the ring will change several times, thus shifting the rivalries in the game. Every Chompy you eat nets 10 points, and each time your Chompy is eaten, you lose 5 points; highest score at the end of the round wins. Pretty simple stuff.
But in the simplicity of the game, we find just how much fun Chompy Chomp Chomp can be. Without complex skills to learn or a steep learning curve to master, anyone can sit down, pick up a controller, and totally rock at this game. Many of my friends and co-workers have visited, played Chompy Chomp Chomp for the first time, and found themselves with the most points at the end of the round. When your have four people playing, the excitement (and trash talking) grows and grows, until you have grown men giggling like school girls as their Chompy is hungrily pursued through the course. So call up your friends, tell them to bring a controller over, and play some Chompy Chomp Chomp. What’s that? Your friends don’t have controllers to contribute? Well, time to get some new friends, I suppose.
Birthdays are a big deal in our house. Normally we dedicate entire weeks (or months) to such celebrations. Despite several weddings (including our own) fast approaching, Chip and I thought it was important to mark this important milestone in the life of GIMMGP. We were still able to take some time to celebrate the one year anniversary of our blog.
So this week we have been eating ice cream cake, complaining about how fat I’m getting from eating all the ice cream cake, listening to techno music, and playing Chompy Chomp Chomp. I have been trying to push this game on everyone I meet. Truly it’s creepy. From the moment I first read about this game over at Indie Gamer Chick, I knew without a doubt that I was going to buy this game. I knew that I was going to buy it and adore it and play it to the point of being that jerk that no one wants to play with anyone. Yes, I love it that much.
It’s such a simple idea. You are a chompy of one of four colors. Below you is a target of a different color. Eat the chompy of that color. Avoid the chompy trying to eat you. Add in some power ups, poison traps, fruit multipliers, the ability to adjust nearly every setting in the game to suit your needs and you have the perfect party game. Also I’m terribly in love with the name of the development team: Utopian World of Sandwiches. If you enjoy sandwiches, it’s likely you will also enjoy this game.
Now that we’re a year down (and the ice cream cake is almost gone), we hope to pick things up a bit. This has been an amazing bonding experience for us and we have so many wonderful things in mind for this blog. So be sure to subscribe or compulsively check back for more!