I never thought I’d like a game where you play as a variety of fruits and vegetables. Sure, “never judge a game by its cover,” but come on. Luckily, I got the chance to play Organic Panic by Last Limb at the Midnight City PAX Prime party, so I could stop being so close-minded.
Gameplay in Organic Panic is as simple as getting to the ending portal of a level. They’re designed as puzzles with players using the unique powers each character has to reach the goal. There are specific, organic, characters given to you in each map that you can swap through easily to get by an obstacle. For example, the coconut has the power of telekinesis where as the carrot can shoot fireballs. Maybe your goal then would be to get the carrot to a certain spot and have it burn down whatever obstacle is in front of the coconut.
That is to say, there are destructible environments. There are some set rules to what you can and can’t blow up, as well as how you can do it, but one of the developers actually told me that the way I was completing a level hadn’t been done before. There’s a lot more freedom in getting to the end portals than one would expect from a game like this, as well as a lot more depth to the gameplay. On top of specific powers to each fruit or veggie, there’s mana thrown into the mix. You really have to make sure you don’t waste all your it (which is what allows you to use your powers/magic) or else you’ll be stuck in a level completely. Scarcely thrown into a level is also a power up that gives you a really strong ability for a short period of time.
I had a blast with single-player and even more of one with the multiplayer co-op. One of the devs and I worked together to solve some of the levels, with hilarious situations of complete betrayal taking place from time to time. Like setting the ground under my character on fire and watching me slowly burn alive. You really don’t want to fight enemies head to head in Organic Panic, so you’ll be trying your best to complete puzzles as cleanly, fast, efficiently, and all the while getting special crystals, as possible.
It recently funded its Kickstarter goal, with expected releases on PC, Xbox, Mac, iOS, Linux, Android, Ouya, Wii U, PS3, and PS Vita! More information can be found on Organic Panic’s site, here!