Saturday Fluff — Video game review

This is an old video game, it’s been around for years on Neopets.  The game is called Ice Cream Machine.

Now, with a name like that, you would think the story going with the game would be about making ice cream, maybe the ice cream machine goes haywire or something.  But no.

Ice Cream Machine:

Adee the Chia has been eating too much Ice Cream. Ice Cream for breakfast, Ice Cream for lunch and Ice Cream for dinner. In fact, she has eaten so much that she’s starting to get some pretty strange dreams! In her latest one she is trapped within a giant Ice Cream Machine, and must dodge the killer scoops that are trying to hit her… this time the Ice Cream is out for revenge!


The character icon used is one of a girl chia who’s short and stocky.  Not necessarily a problem, but because of the description, it leaves me wondering if the chia got that way because all she eats is ice cream.  The game plays like a reverse “Frogger”.  Instead of trying to jump on the logs, the player has to avoid most of the ice cream scoops that are being shot out of nine ice cream cones.  As you advance levels, the ice cream speeds up.
There are a few things you want to get, though.  The pink scoop with the heart is an extra life.  The red scoop with the minus sign (or dash) makes the scoops slow down so you can avoid them better.   The purple scoop with the small chia on it makes Adee 1/2 her size. 


Now, the good thing about this scoop is that she doesn’t just get thinner, but she is made smaller by 1/2 all the way around.  Also, as many times as it shows up, you can run over it and become smaller and smaller.  
For the game, that’s sometimes a really good thing.  For the message it may give (to continue growing smaller), not so much. 


There’s also a cherry scoop which gives 100 extra points and a fish which gives 250 extra points.  Because, we don’t know what good food is and we have to be given a bunch of extra points for ‘eating healthy’, right?


For play, the game is a good game for children, they will get points and not get discouraged too fast, the first three or four rounds being relatively slow.  It does teach good hand-eye coordination.  Adults would like it to, as the further you go in rounds, the more challenging it gets, both in how fast the scoops are released and how many scoops you have to dodge.


All in all, it’s a fun game.  I play it every so often, when I’m wasting time, trying to build up neopoints for my two neopets to spend on in world items.  Too bad they had to put that story to it.


(Sorry about the weird formatting, WordPress kept trying to collapse my paragraphs after the cut and pasted part unless I hit return twice.)

2 Responses

  1. All Chias look like that, their species is short and stout. 🙂

  2. […] Here is the original:  Saturday Fluff — Video game review « A Day in the (Fat) Life […]

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