As a huge fan of mobile gaming, I test out dozens of apps on a regular basis and it’s not often that a game is so beautiful to look at that I’m blown away. I’m a dork for textures, so if your game has an eye catching design, I’ll most likely fall in love.
One such game that stuck out to me recently was Peaves. I was pleasantly surprised upon opening this (then free) game because the look and feel was above and beyond almost every other game available. Considering you’re raising funny looking monsters in cardboard boxes, that’s saying a lot. The dynamic movement within those boxes also stuck out to me, with adorable and pleasing sound effects solidifying Peaves as a truly impressive release.
When you begin you’re given a cardboard box and asked to select your very first monster from an assortment of larvae. There are multiple types of monsters but you don’t know which species you’re getting when you make your selection. The color you choose will act as your monster’s base color, but depending on what color bugs you feed it, the colors will change as the monster grows.
Feed your larva some grubs and he’ll grow – baby, child, teen, and finally adult. As it grows your monster will have new material desires such as a squeaky toy, bouncy ball, mix-tape, and more. Each one of these objects will have an attribute assigned to it and using it with your monster will up the appropriate stats. Attack Power, Defense Strength, and Speed all affect how your monster fights and can be improved with toys, candles, listening to mix-tapes, and feeding your monster bugs. Special mushrooms also become available and feeding one these to your monster will provide it with a powerful bonus attack during its next battle.
Leveling your monster happens through the act of fighting. Here you’ll pit your monster up against three other creatures and although they will attack automatically, you can decide which opponent to focus on. You are also in charge of when to use the mushroom attack. You can only use it once, so choose your moment wisely. Here I’ve found one of the only negatives to Peaves – you can only battle your friends over wifi. There’s no connection with Facebook or my personal preference, the Game Center so you’re battling AI most of the time.
This game reminds me of Tamagotchi, raising a funny looking creature while keeping it fed and played with and battling adds a fun, new dynamic. I greatly look forward to what Red Interactive Agency has in store for the future of this game! I’d love to be able to change the color or style of each monster’s box *hint hint*.