The main premise of the single-player mode of play with Organic Panic
is to get your controlled character(s) from the starting point to the warp tunnel that signifies the unlocking of the next stage. To do so, youíll control a variety of walking fruits and vegetables, each with their own skill sets that will help in accomplishing that goal. On some stages, you wonít play as just a single character, but instead be able to switch characters at any point with a quick tap of the (Y) button.
This is significant because of character abilities and using them to dispatch enemies, change the landscape of the level, or manipulate things to allow access to areas otherwise inaccessible. The ability of the Kiwi to add water to the level is one of the most obvious examples. By dropping water into confined areas, it allows your character (even non-Kiwi) to access higher levels on the stage or it may be used to essentially drown enemies (meats and cheeses). Another character, the Cherry, has the ability to cut through certain types of ground. By doing so, it is possible to spin right up through the ground to reach higher heights or even to chip through chunks of ground and make them fall on enemiesí heads. Carrot is a well-rounded character who harnesses the element of fire in the levels. Also included is the Coconut, which has the ability to use a form of telekinesis on objects and enemies. While it is a cool ability, I have to say it is my least favorite because it feels just a bit too much like cheating, as there is no limit on the range of the effect, making it easy to drop enemies into oblivion.
In order to pass a stage at its highest level, the player must not just reach the end, but also accomplish a high enough score to earn it. Since each character does have its own abilities, reaching certain areas and grabbing the special crystal, for example, is sometimes a matter of strategy. In fact, in cooperative play, this can be even more important in the sense that when each player is a different character, they have to work together to reach all points in the stage before finding the finish line. It should be noted that it is even possible to cause the environment to be so destroyed that it is impossible to reach the ending warp tunnel, which is one more reason I love this gameís ability to rely on a combination of quick wits and some brain power to solve each stage.
Cooperative play is available and a fun way to enjoy the game with a buddy, but Organic Panic offers even more. Up to 4 players can compete in a variety of Versus Modes, including Free-For-All's or Teams. There are a few different parameters to tweak for easy customization as to your preferred game type as well, and if single player felt like it was laced with a bit of chaos, multiplayer modes amplify the chaotic nature of the game tenfold. The screen can be a host of effects blasting their way everywhere, and this just simply adds to the anxiety of competing against friends locally. NOTE: Multiplayer is local and not available through Xbox Live.