Okay… a game based on a confectionary
had mixed responses at our offices but once the CD was slotted into
our PlayStation 2, we were all pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
However, with that said, Smarties Meltdown is strictly intended for
the younger audience as older gamers, although they may have fun,
will not get as much out of this title as children.
With that said, Smarties Meltdown is a
third person action adventure that is based on the popular smarties
confectionary (there should have been some real smarties included in
the box) that is set on huge Smarties planet that orbits around the planet
Fortunately for the denizens of Earth, this is where smarties
are also created and when this factory planet is attacked by a fleet
of evil confectionaries led by the villainous Dr. Soursweet, a
meltdown threatens the very existence of these extremely tasty
3 Levels of difficulty - Smart,
6 fun levels & 2 bonus levels to
find and unlock, including space walk & Boss level
5 Main Characters Big Blue (Hero
Smartie), Smarties Crew, Dr Soursweet (the evil villain), his
army of Stroopers (Sugar Troopers) and the Chocbots
Big Blue Character features the
voice of Dave Benson Phillips, Children's presenter (Cbeebies,
4 permanent & 5 temporary upgrades
to Blue's Exosuit. 5 different pickups from Smarties to Power
balls to boost power, health or skill
Variety of adversary behaviours &
The story behind Smarties Meltdown begins
when the children of Earth decide that the latest confectionary
craze called “Stroopers” is not what it’s claimed to be and they
vote by their wallets.
Angered by the decisions of the children of
Earth, Dr. Soursweet decides to implement his own devious plan by
cutting off the supply of Smarties to earth by invading the world of
Smarties with his sugar-coated jelly Stroopers. With the factory
closed, it’s up to our hero Big Blue to save the world of Smarties
and ensure that the world of Smarties are liberated.
The gameplay of Smarties Meltdown
features your traditional arcade gameplay with a twist that
incorporates the world of first person shooters. It's a mixture of
Rainman meets in Doom in this kids friendly version. The developers have
that the dualshock controller works perfectly with the game and even
the most basic of gamers will be able to pick this title up in a
matter of minutes.
The only unfortunate aspect of Smarties Meltdown
is the considerably short time that it took this gamer to complete
but bare in mind, the more basic of gamers will take quite a bit
more time to complete.
Graphically, Smarties Meltdown is a
colourful treat on the PS2 that features extremely colourful and
animated characters in an amazing 3D world. As with the sound and
music, the developers have really come to town on the title with all
the cutesy sounds and music that will have children coming back for
In conclusion, Smarties Meltdown will
be enjoyed by just about every young gamer who will play this title
again and again. Best of all, Smarties is a budget title and won't
hurt those parents out there on a budget. Great stuff!