posted 5/14/2007 by Cyril Lachel
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The game is split up into seven different areas (including a training area), each with between nine and eighteen different puzzles to complete. In the PC version you could skip around and complete the various puzzles in any order, but for some strange reason you have to go through the levels in a linear fashion. Even though all of the levels are fun (and you're going to want to complete all of the puzzles anyway) I would have liked to have had a little more control over the order of the levels. I can tell you from experience that when I got stuck in the PC version I would usually just move on to a different puzzle and come back to the hard level later, but that's just not something you can do in this version.
To keep you from getting too frustrated on one level the developers have instituted a couple of different ways to get helpful hints. If all you need is a little hint then you can push the Left Bumper and the computer will show you where one or two of the items are supposed to go. If this is not enough of a help and you're absolutely stumped, then you can always pause the game and have the computer show you the solution. Not only will you see how everything is laid out, but you will see somebody run through the entire puzzle from beginning to end. The problem is that there's no penalty for using these hints, so the only thing stopping you from using these in every level is your own moral code. The "Show Solution" option makes the game feel like it was dumbed down for the console market; it would have been nice to at least see some sort of ill effect or penalty added to your time/score for what is essentially cheating.
When you've grown tired of solving puzzles and making your way through the 123 puzzles, you can play the brand new mini-game, Marsho Madness. Unlike the Lemmings-inspired Eets, Marsho Madness is a mini-game that has you quickly pressing specific button combinations in order to remove berries and other items from attacking you. At first you're just picking off one or two slow moving items with simple button patterns, but as the game goes on the items will move faster and there will be more of them. Play long enough and you'll be picking up special items and pulling off giant combinations. As a single player game this mini-game is a fun diversion for a short while, but bring a few friends in and you have yourself a real party. I still prefer the regular Eets game over Marsho Madness, but I'm glad Klei decided to give the Xbox 360 owners something new and entertaining.
While Eets certainly can't compare its visuals with the likes of Gears of War or Rainbow Six Vegas, it does have a great art style that is very reminiscent of a Flash game on the computer. All of the artwork (from the adorable characters/items to the ever changing backgrounds) is all hand drawn and come with a real sense of style. I don't care how many 2D games you've seen in your life, there's nothing quite like the look of Eets. If you played the PC version then the great graphics should come as no surprise, but there's something to be said about how good the game looks on a nice large television.
Had I never played PC version I would probably have been more impressed with this Xbox Live Arcade version. That's not to say that there's anything wrong with this port (in a lot of ways it's one of the very best Xbox Live Arcade games currently available), but I miss the streamlined controls and the user-generated content that made the PC version so much fun. Now that the game is on the Xbox Live Arcade I can only hope that Eets gets the exposure that it deserves, it's a great puzzle game that nobody should overlook. If you somehow missed it on the PC then now is your chance to pick up a cheap puzzle game that will have you glued to your television set for many hours to come. No matter what platform it's on Eets is an amazing game!

No matter if you play it on the Xbox Live Arcade or the PC, Eets remains one of the best original puzzle games of the 21st century. The only reason to skip this game is if you absolutely hate fun, cringe at the sight of gorgeous graphics and don't want to use your brain to think through puzzles!

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