This is a "walk around, picking things up and throwing them" type of game. You're an adorable ball of goo, and you can bump into things and carry them around on your head. You pick up items so that you can save them, or to use them as weapons. You can also pick up bad guys and throw them at each other.
The other main functionality of the game is the tank feature. Your first few tank battles are fairly easy, but they get super hard pretty fast. It's possible to become extremely strategic with how you arm and staff your tank, later on in the game. That involves an element of strategy that I think elevates this game past just a simple platformer and into something more. By the end, the tank battles were my favorite parts!
The drawbacks of the game? Well, it does start slow. And it doesn't use the touchscreen for actual game play. Also, I ended up spending a lot of time going back through levels, endlessly collecting items to make other items in the alchemy kettle. It was necessary to do this in order to win the later tank battles, and it was just rote, endless, "find a thing, throw it on the cart" for hours. You'll need something like, oh, 200 of those little red berry things, for example. Also? Just at the end, when I FINALLY had the world's most awesome tank, that's when the game ended.
Final analysis: -slow start -very cute -oddly addicting -friendly -fun to play -tank battles the best part -not just for kids!
If you miss the golden age of Zelda-like bird's-eye-view handheld, here is one title that you shouldn't let slip under the radar. Deceptively simple with lots of cutie characters and bright colors bursting with kiddie appeal, I was tempted to write this game off at first. The combat is really simple, and the story is quirky but nothing groundbreaking. Then the tank battles start. You acquire a tank to defend your village with, and this quickly becomes the addictive part of the game. Literally ANYthing you find can be used as ammo for the tank, and an added alchemy option lets you craft more powerful ammo out of more common parts. I found myself obsessing over getting the best possible ammunition until I grew tired and decided to just beat the game. In a nutshell: solid gameplay and easy learning curve. Worth a gander.