The Munchables

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The Munchables
The Munchables Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Namco Bandai
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA May 26, 2009
  • PAL June 19, 2009
  • JP September 3, 2009
Genre(s) Action, platform
Mode(s) Single-player

The Munchables, known in Japan as Tabemon (たべモン?), is an action-platform game developed by Namco Bandai for the Wii video game console. The player controls creatures of insatiable appetite, using their gurgitating prowess to consume an army of invading Tabemon Space Pirates, each of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to various foods.

Plot[edit]

Star Ving, a planet that has many islands which are all connected together by rainbows, is the home of the Munchables, spherical, food-loving creatures with unsustainable appetites, who are all led by the mysterious “Great Elder”. Each island of Star Ving contains a “Legendary Orb”, magical objects that provide plenty of food for the Munchables. But one day, a fleet of UFOs invade Star Ving and steal the Legendary Orbs. They UFOs then unleash masses of "Tabemon Monsters", space pirates who are trying to rule the universe, all over the islands to destroy everything in their wake. Unfortunately for the monsters, they all appear to look like food, much to the Munchables' liking. The Great Elder takes note of this and goes with two distinct Munchables, Chomper and Munchy, to explore the islands of Star Ving, devour the Tabemon Monsters and retrieve the Legendary Orbs.

After reclaiming all the Orbs, the Munchables are invited to Fort Entrée, the Tabemon Monsters' base of operations in space, by Don Onion, the leader of the monsters and a former colleague of the Great Elder. Don Onion claims he has decided to stop with his evil plans and has thrown a party in Fort Entrée to celebrate. However, this proves to be a trap, as the villain leaves to steal the Legendary Orbs again while the player must find a way out of the space fleet. After escaping and getting back to Star Ving, they are too late as Don Onion has used all the Legendary Orbs to form his most powerful Tabemon Monster, King Pumpkin. Using the combined forces of the islands of Star Ving themselves, the Munchables are able to destroy King Pumpkin. But Don Onion flees into space with the Great Elder's rocket.

Much to Don Onion's surpirse, however, Chomper and Munchy sneaked on board and ate away the interior of the rocket, causing it to crash land back to Star Ving. Don Onion winds up knocked out and trapped in the wreckage of the rocket, and Chomper, Munchy and the Great Elder stare into the night sky and cry as the credits roll.

Reception[edit]

The game received average reviews, with an average of 70 out of 100 on Metacritic.[1] Main complaints were from the controls and being too simple, while praise from the gameplay itself.

References[edit]

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