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Friday, November 18, 2011

Bag It! Review & Giveaway

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Who’s got two thumbs and one of the coolest new games on the market? This girl! I am embarrassed to admit that I am a rather new IPhone fanatic, in fact for the longest time I ignored (perhaps bordering on disliked) Smart Phones. Being an avid computer gamer it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the IPhone and all the fun Apps and games I can play on the go. I could literally browse the App Store for hours and have bought more ITunes cards then I will readily admit in search of “time sinks” as I so affectionately refer to my games.

When Hidden Variables presented me with the opportunity to review their first EVER creation I was pumped, this would be something both The Chief and I could play around with and share input on together. Rejoice! We have logged several hours of game play so far, often times competing against one another to beat the levels that the other seems stuck on, and just for the record, I am winning. I love that Bag It! is the type of game that we can both enjoy. The Chief enjoys the puzzle and problem solving aspect, I enjoy the cast of characters and the different modes of play, it doesn’t leave me bored after several levels like other games I have played.

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Bag It! has been described as “Tetris meets Toy Story” I think that is a pretty accurate description, I described it to those that I’ve talked to about it as “Tetris meets Aqua Teen Hunger Forces slightly less scandalous cousins.” I love how far the theme is carried out during gameplay. From choosing your “Aisle” to selecting your game out of the grocers freezer, to the actual bag in which you play the game in you can tell that Hidden Variable really put a ton of thought into this game. You start out by choosing your “Aisle”. Each Aisle as far as I can tell has a specific “goal” from filling the bag without squishing any of the groceries to creating different combos by placing certain things next to one another, to Rampage mode which finds you trying specifically to smash certain groceries in the bag. The varied modes are probably my favorite thing about Bag It! I love that if I get bored (or stuck as it may be) with one mode I just head on back out to the aisle and pick a different mode to play for awhile. My favorite mode of play is Ultimate Bagger which leaves you trying to get your bags full without breaking any items at all. I could play this round for hours and I’d like to think I’ve gotten quite good at it.

While playing Bag It! you will notice that you can earn medals by creating certain combos during game play, from what I can tell there is a chance to earn two medals on each level. For example, you might get a medal for grouping so many of a certain grocery together or not breaking anything during a level. The medals are then used to unlock additional “Aisles” and modes of play. I love having goals to strive for and these aren’t particularly easy either, which is A-OK with me, most games I love but once you hit a certain level you essentially “win” and what is the point of playing after that right? I anticipate I still have oodles of gameplay left on Bag It!

Another biggie in Bag It! for me is how witty the names of the different levels are. I actually look forward to completing levels just to see what’s next. For example, “Tall, Dark, and Yeasty” is a level in which one of the goals is to group the Crusty’s together (baguettes), cute right? Or “Wreck-Fast” in the Rampage mode which has you Crushing 6 Luckys (the happy cereal). One of the key game bonuses involves grouping different things next to one another and that even produces laughs from me, such as two Seedys (watermelons) produces a combo called “Nice Melons”, I laughed (yep I’m 12, don’t hate!). I really love being able to have such lightheartedness in my gaming experience, after all I am supposed to be having fun right and what’s more fun then Nice Melons, that’s right, nothing!


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Bag It! Is rated for children 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence but I absolutely let One Little Indian watch me play Bag It! He loves the music and the graphics! I do think it is a game best suited for older children, teens, and adults though based on game play and how challenging it can be. Bag It! is described as being easy to learn but hard to master, I agree with this statement. I do think that having a basic understanding of how heavy groceries is aids me in being a Bag It! master, sometimes being a mommy does pay off! 

I would like to take a minute to tell you a little about the company that created Bag It! Hidden Variable is a small start-up company with only 6 developers.  The developers formerly worked for big name companies such as EA, THQ, and Disney but set out to create their own company doing the thing they love. If you are a fan like I am of a more “personal” consumer experience then you will love Hidden Variable. They have posted that if you write to them with feedback or questions they will personally respond to you and I have absolutely found this to be the case, I had a question prior to reviewing and it was answered within a matter of hours by a real person (Thanks Amos!). 

Bag It! Is 100% Mommy Tested Mommy Approved. I thank Bag It! For allowing me to review their App, I have had so much fun playing this and sharing it with my friends and family.

Buy it now!: You can purchase Bag It! though the App Store on ITunes and I’m imagining the Android Store (so unfamiliar with Android sorry!) for $2.99, a steal for a game with such a vast amount of gameplay!

Win It!: Hidden Variable has kindly offered one of our lucky readers a chance to win their very own Swag Bag featuring Bag It! Themed Goodies such as a Plush Toy, T-Shirt, Lip Balm, Hand Sanitizer, and MORE!

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10 comments:

  1. I like time management games like diner dash and games like angry birds and plants v zombies. I like the idea of having a puzzle game with different challenges. They should give a free copy of the app as a giveaway! I'd want that more than swag!

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  3. I down load games that make me think fast but not too much like Mr. Giggles. I love any new game I can play with my niece and nephews that has no violence.

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  4. I usually get challenge games for my daughter, ones that make her mind work and aren't violent since she is still young (she will be 10 in a few weeks). This game looks fun for her age group, and appropriate as well. She likes grocery shopping with me, so that is an added benefit as well since this has a grocery theme to it.

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  5. Megan McGowan ParsonsNovember 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    I am a gaming addict and love most games. I would like this game and my daughter would love playing it also.

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  6. We download a lot of different games, I like more of the puzzle apps and my kids like things like angry birds

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  7. I get games for my kids that are educational.

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