Dec 24, 2010
Every time I see the name Spaghetti Marshmallows I think of Will Farrell’s character, Buddy, in the holiday movie Elf. You know, the part where he’s eating spaghetti with marshmallows and every other sweet delectable you could imagine, topped with syrup. While Spaghetti Marshmallows doesn’t sound in the least bit appetizing to eat, it does however make for an interesting game title. I just had to download this peculiar title by developer Fruxotic Games to see what exactly Spaghetti Marshmallows was. I soon found it to be a minimalistic physics-based tower building game that uses — you guessed it — spaghetti and marshmallows. Anyone who has played games like “World of Goo,” or “Tiki Towers,” will be familiar with how to play Spaghetti Marshmallows; everyone else stay tuned for an Android Rundown.
In Spaghetti Marshmallows, your object is to try and reach predetermined circle goals with your marshmallows. There are 43 levels in the paid version and 9 in the Lite version. Each level provides you with a set amount of both marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti sticks to work with. Test your creativity and wit by pinning together the marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti to form various structures in an attempt to reach the circle goals, all while facing obstacles such as wind, marshmallow-eating frogs and of course gravity. Once you’ve completed a level, you can continue on or destroy your structure using the rampage option (if you consider falling red 2D blocks “rampaging”).
Game controls are touchscreen and consist of tapping the screen to drop/pin marshmallows or touch and drag to determine length and placement of spaghetti. You must use an existing marshmallow when starting or connecting spaghetti pieces. While touch and drag is a simple concept, in this particular game, it makes for a frustrating experience. It is sometimes difficult to drop or place marshmallows accurately – since they are so small, your fingers will completely cover them, making it difficult to accurately join them using the spaghetti. The game developers did include an imploding circle guide around marshmallows to assist you, but it is still difficult and results in many errors. Thankfully there is also an undo button, but sometimes you just don’t have time to waste on errors, especially when your structure is failing.
Game options are minimal and the main game screen only consists of a couple icon keys indicating number of spaghetti and marshmallows available, along with the number of circle goals needed to complete the level. Graphics are extremely sub-par and remind me of my 2 year old’s preschool cd-rom games. Sound effects are more like an annoying pair of squeaky shoes and the main game music is borderline 70’s porn music. While Spaghetti Marshmallows does offer some challenging puzzles and a unique food specific take on tower building, I just can’t help but feel like I’m playing a remedial game made for kids. Thankfully everyone has the right to their own opinions and there is a free lite version available for you to try out. I always recommend trying the free version first and am thankful to the developers who offer both lite and paid versions of their apps (especially now with the 15 minute refund window). Give it a shot and if it’s your cup of tea then purchase the full version to support the developer. As for me, I tried, but this one just wasn’t for me.