By: Quinn Potter
If you like playing with your food, you may enjoy Organic Panic, a clever physics-based puzzler platformer from developer Last Limb Games.
Controls are solid and easy to learn. Your carrot can move, swing, sneak, swim, swap characters, attack, jump, throw and push/pull. There are no surprises and no special features; and none are needed.
Graphics are sharp and layered to an interesting effect. Almost everything on the screen is moving all the time — that constant movement can be confusing initially, but things become clear quickly.
In the foreground, metallic discs spin and hum. In the background, mountains dance. Beyond the mountains, there is a nice swirly sky. While foreground graphics are nicely textured, other layers are not as textured or detailed.
Colors are bright and pop. They combine nicely with the peppy music to add to the jittery vibe of the game. Most of the sound effects are well done. Blasts of fire and the sounds of metal slicing are good, though the weird “nyah” sound of going into a wormhole gets a little repetitive and annoying.
There’s also a low frog-like croak emitted fairly frequently that didn’t add to any of the game’s enjoyment. In addition, the peppy music can get redundant and annoying.
It’s easy to jump in and start solving puzzles as one of four possible fruits or veggies (cherry, kiwi, carrot, coconut). Controls are intuitive, so it’s just a matter of learning what skills each character has and how to best employ those skills to solve the puzzle at hand. Each food controls different elements, but they each have some special abilities, too.
Another bright spot is that the puzzles are fun – and devious. Different modes (swapzy, morphy) will give you different options and outcomes. Local co-op is available as well.
Oh yeah, and did we mention the fluid dynamics? That’s the physics part. There’s some kind of fluid on every level, and you’re going to have to figure out how to get around it, go through it, swim across it, or do whatever it takes to complete the level.
And did we mention that each level can be completely destroyed!? Because, yes, that happens, too. And, yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.
Just take a moment to think about it: fruit and veggies versus meat and cheese. Fluids sloshing around tanks. Destruction. Over 200 mind-bending puzzles. More destruction. Comic-book graphics. Peppy music… and even more destruction!
We didn’t run into any glitches, just lots of fun. The story is a bit of a throwaway, but the seven years that Last Limb has put into Kickstarting this indie game shows. Organic Panic has the quick payback of an arcade game, but the modern fun of current-generation game engine design.
Quick to learn, Organic Panic has a quirky storyline with original gameplay that will lead to some instantly gratifying problem solving and destruction. And, yes, we have to say it. As fruity as it sounds, we found the game quite “apeeling.”