There is just something about Pop Cap Games that is just so inherently addicting. Maybe it’s the simplicity and re-playability of them. Like many of their other games Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown doesn’t disappoint.
Feeding Frenzy 2 is based on a very simple objective: Eat all the fish smaller than you. Sounds easy right? Well, at the beginning it is easy. You plop down into the water as your first fishy character. You keep eating fish smaller than you, avoiding the bigger fish that are looking to snack on you. Once you eat enough fish you rapidly move up the food chain.
As you grow, you can eat the bigger fish. Eat enough fish at one time and receive a “School Bonus.” Keep right on eating to receive “Frenzy” bonuses such as “Double Frenzy,” “Triple Frenzy,” “Super Frenzy,” and “Mega Frenzy.” A voiceover, who sounds eerily like James Earl Jones (but isn’t), announces what “Frenzy” bonus you’ve reached.
Along the way you also are awarded with bonus levels where you have to complete a certain objective in a given amount of time. The most fun of these being the one where you get to jump out of the water eating bugs and doing flips in the air for style points, watch out for those pesky pelicans though, they’ll scoop you up in mid-air.
Every so often during the game you switch to different fish. All along the way new power-ups, predators, objectives, and super abilities are added to the Feeding Frenzy fun.
As an aquarium enthusiast myself, I quite enjoyed the little fishy facts that are provided at the end of each level.
Where this game really excels is the ease of control. All you do is use your mouse to make your fish swim around the screen eating fish. One suggestion though, don’t play this game using a ball mouse (does anyone even own those anymore?), use only a laser mouse you can’t afford to be jumping around the screen as often ball mice tend to do.
The graphics stay true to the simplicity of the game. Not too amazing and over-the-top, but just right for what the game is offering. The colors are fantastic; the music is very inviting and relaxing.
Feeding Frenzy 2 is definitely addicting, easy to get the hang of, but nearly impossible to master. Always remember to never bite off more than you can chew, until you get big enough to eat the Killer Whales. Yes, you heard me, Killer Whales.