Thank you Last Limb for sending us a review copy of this game!
Organic Panic is an epic battle between fruits and veggies against meat and cheeses. The evil gang of meat and cheese are attempting world domination and are using Apple's sister’s magical energy to power their devious technological equipment. To save his sister, Eva, Apple must train his organic army on how to use their special powers to conquer the forces of darkness.
The four main characters each have special abilities that are not accessible to the others. Kiwi can spray water while Cherry can control the earth. Coconut can alter gravity while Carrot hurls fireballs and can climb walls. Sometimes you’ll get to switch between characters to use each of their abilities to get past obstacles that are blocking their way to the exit portal. If either character dies, you’ll have to start over from the beginning of the level.
Not all of the characters are available from the start as you’ll have to rescue them one by one in the single-player adventure mode. There are over two-hundred levels which have destructible environments and physics that can work in your favor or kill you. I like the silly death scene captions like “Darn,” “Come on!,” and many specific to how you died. One of them does say “That sucks.”
Some of the levels are more challenging than others with many of them being finished in less than a minute while others take more time to get through. Although the exit portal may be nearby, bonus points are awarded if you can defeat enemies and locate the hidden gem before you leave the level. If you’re not happy with your final score, you can always go back and try again to increase your ranking on the global leaderboards.
After the comic book driven story mode is completed, the bonus levels and multiplayer game modes become available. There are co-op and versus game modes that allow food fights between two and four players. Other than various food getting blasted, chopped, and squashed into pieces, this is a fun game that can be enjoyed by the whole family. When it comes to food fights, Organic Panic probably offers the cleanest way to have one.
The levels have various obstacles that have to be avoided or destroyed. I love the destructible environments that the Cherry and Carrot players can demolish. Some levels are covered in metal and are impervious to attacks. There’s plenty of level variety so chances are that you won’t get bored, just stumped or frustrated occasionally.
The sound effects get the job done, but the background music is forgettable. No complaints, but I’m not rushing out to buy the soundtrack either.
Though we played this game on the PS4, it’s also available for the Xbox One and in early access for Steam users. The Steam version seems to have some stability issues that have racked up enough negative reviews to lower the game’s overall rating to “mixed.” If you own a console, I recommend picking up that version if you want to be able to enjoy the game right away.
There’s a lot to like in Organic Panic and my kids enjoyed watching and playing this game with me. My only complaint is that you have to complete the main story mode before you can enjoy the multiplayer gameplay options. Hopefully PC users get a more enjoyable experience soon.