Science has experimented with genetically modified creatures and artificial intelligence for years. The dream is to make mankind stronger and our existence easier. All the mundane and dangerous tasks will be undertaken by robots and life will be a cakewalk. Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 tells a colourful tale where one piece of food has a mind of its own and runs amuck.
Developed by Playful Pasta and published by Ratalaika Games, this is a physics-based adventure title. The second instalment in the series, this sequel will have you smiling and laughing at the ridiculous nature of the plot. Using the docusoap format, you hear how the protagonist Freddy is loved, hated, and admired by his work colleagues.
Freddy Spaghetti 2.0; bigger, better, stronger.
I played and reviewed Freddy Spaghetti back in January and couldn’t wait to jump into the sequel. Carrying on from the shenanigans of the first game, you control the second generation genetically modified length of pasta. The original tells a story of a naughty piece of pasta who wants to expand his horizons. Freddy’s creator has learned from his mistakes and after creating Freddy 2.0, he sends him to work. He hopes that a busy mind will prevent him from causing havoc….he was wrong.
Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 continues from the strong and silly foundations of the first iteration. You will fling yourself around the levels, aiming to hit the blue goal marker. Each stage matches the narration of its cutscene, but the aim is not always clear. Unlike the first game which focused on moving from A to B, this one asks you to play table tennis, foosball, swim in an aquarium, set up co-workers, and so forth. It’s absurd, but the story is hilarious and will capture your attention from the start.
A short game, but worth every second of your time.
Comprising forty stages that are set over four seasons, Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 doesn’t take long to complete. However, I urge you not to be put off by its short game time. With six or seven levels at its core, you’ll repeat several stages as the difficulty is ramped up. The sports levels become quicker and more challenging, and navigating furniture turns into a deadly game. You’ll use your short term memory to recall how to overcome the obstacles, but this usually isn’t enough as the physics-based action can be challenging to get right. Freddy’s movement isn’t always spot on and you’ll miss your intended target by millimetres. You’ll groan with frustration, slam down your controller, and start again.
My favourite elements, however, have to be the brilliantly intertwined plot, the office atmosphere and the relationships that make you chuckle. Freddy acts as cupid, is the object of one lady’s desires, and is despised in this short story. The roller-coaster of emotions that one piece of pasta experiences is mind-blowing. By the time you’ve reached the end, you’ll be exhausted and wonder how he lives such a full life.
Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 is a basic but colourful treat for the eyes.
Very little of Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 can be considered advanced. The basic graphics and simple backdrops won’t wow you, but they are pleasant to look at, nonetheless. I liked the vibrancy of the colours, the variety of level design and the unique characters. The bird’s-eye perspective helps you to explore each level, and the lack of detail ensured the finished product wasn’t too rough. If you’ve played the first game, you’ll know what to expect as the presentation has altered little from its predecessor.
The jovial music matched the silly action that unfolds before your eyes. Each level was accompanied by different tunes, helping to keep you interested. The acting of each character was great, and I enjoyed the deadpan delivery of their lines. The stereotypical look of the office team was matched by their voices, which added to the absurdity of the plot.
Jump, jump, jump, and let gravity do the rest.
Though I find physics-based games infuriating, I loved how this one played out and the simplicity of its layout can’t be ignored! Moving and jumping are easy to control and you must hold down the buttons to make Freddy leap higher. Because of its straightforward approach, I could focus my energy on flinging my pasta around each stage with no need to think. You’ll admire the moments when Freddy leaps like a salmon and you’ll chuckle when it goes wrong.
Sadly, there is little replay value as all achievements are awarded on the first playthrough. Each stage is timed so gamers can return to test themselves, but this offers no fresh gameplay. Sadly, you’ll have no desire to do this and I don’t think people will want to waste their time. However, if you are a completionist, this is a dream as you’ll have it finished in around an hour.
Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 is a silly and fun experience that is worth investing in.
Freddy Spaghetti 2.0 offers little in the way of serious action. However, if you want a fun and silly storyline where you control a genetically modified piece of pasta, look no further. It’s absurd, stupid, and I loved it! I enjoyed it and recommend you to buy it here! Channel your inner pasta, take a new job, and try to work your way to the top!