Starwave's Critter Crunch has gotten rave reviews from nearly everyone who has played the game and it's easy to understand why that is.
Critter Crunch blends nicely-rendered graphics, infectious soundtrack and addictive game play into an app that's unlike any other I've reviewed.
The alpha critter creature, Biggs, snatches little critters with his long, froggy tongue and feeds them to bigger creatures until they burst, and drop tasty jewels into Biggs' gaping maw.
Critter Crunch is actually a quite simple concept — it takes more time to explain Critter Crunch than to learn how to play. If you combine elements of a match-three game, with those of Tetris or Topple, you get a rough idea of the strategy that's involved.
Biggs has to snatch and feed critters before they drop to the bottom of the screen. Big critters feed on small critters and Biggs needs to keep the food chain in its proper order. The longer the food chain, the tastier the jewel will be for Biggs.
Your strategy in Critter Crunch also involves taking snagging critters out of one row and spitting them out into another row so Biggs can get to smaller ones it needs to feed to the rest. Take my word for it: This all sounds more complicated than Critter Crunch really is and if you don't get it a first, there's a good tutorial to follow.
Critter Crunch has four game modes: Adventure, Puzzle, Time Trial and Survival. Start with Adventure mode and play well, and you'll unlock the other modes. With the variety of power ups and different kinds of critters, there is more than enough to keep you occupied for lots of game play.
One of the other things I like about Critter Crunch is that I can play it with one hand (with one thumb, actually). Critter Crunch is also (cough, cough) cute.