GAME NAME: Freaking Meatbags
PLATFORM(S): PC (Reviewed), Mac, Linux
GENRE(S): Strategy, Tower Defense
RELEASE DATE(S): May 29, 2014
Attention humans reading this review.
Are you a human? Well if so, you’re considered a Freaking Meatbag by the Robot Overlords.
Freaking Meatbags is based in the obvious future where robots run the universe. The genre is a mash up between an 8-bit RTS and a shooter. It’s your basic tower defense game mixed with human genetic splicing. In the game you can combine Alien and Human DNA to create hybrids with special alien abilities to defend your structures. There are a ton of splicing options available. It’s a pretty simple setup if you’re not familiar with games like these. You fly to a planet, genetically alter humans to gather resources and create and defend your towers from nightly attacks, then leave before the solar system explodes. Solar system map is below, and you unlock other planets the further you progress.
Levels are fairly short which keeps your attention span in check and allows you to enjoy the content so it’s definitely an easy pick up and play game. Another cool feature is the day and night cycle. Different waves of enemies come at those times so you have to adjust your gameplay and strategy to defeat them, I found that interesting and fun. There is also an exploratory type missions which give you the opportunity to send your mindless humans to investigate crashed ships. Last but not least you have boss encounters which can be challenging but so damn fun. Let’s not forget that you play from the vantage point of a robot as humans are obviously lower intelligent life forms. Like they say a human is useful but a human with a rocket launcher arm is even more useful.
The graphics in this game have a retro 8-bit feel and an overwhelmingly charming and sarcastic tone to it. It’s a great homage to good ole Tower Defense games mixed with a newer twist. The sound is classic as well giving it a classic NES chip tune quality and feeling, but it also gets addicting. You can find yourself humming along to the music and then have it be stuck in your head hours later.
Freaking Meatbags is a very fun game to play and the personality and tone is quite humorous and endearing, pulling you right in. It can be challenging at times, especially if you suck at RTS games and are human like me. I definitely recommend checking out Freaking Meatbags, for $9.99 on Steam you definitely get your money’s worth with the plethora of content included.