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Release Date: April 11th, 2012 Movie Release Year: 2012

World Gone Sour

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Beginning life as Mars Men in the 1970s, the iconic Sour Patch Kids candy product has just branched out from its food industry confines. The tiny, and individually coloured candy treats are now the stars of a downloadable video game from Beefy Media, Playbrains and Capcom. Entitled World Gone Sour, the five-dollar release combines mechanics from the platformers of yesteryear with high-definition graphics and rap music. Yes, you read that all correctly.

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April 11th, 2012

Video Review


Taking on the role of a tiny, candy-based character means that a great reduction in perceived scale must occur. By being up to the task, Playbrains and Beefy Media were able to create interesting stages based on real-life environments. Liberties were definitely taken considering live hot plates are scattered across a child’s room, and other strange items can be found in different areas, but they make for a more interesting world. Working through a neat room where there’s nothing to avoid would make for a boring gameplay experience, after all. At least the mess was used to progress what is a unique storyline.

World Gone Sour is not a visual marvel, but it does look pretty good. The included environments show quite a bit of detail, and a lot of care was put into turning discovered products into comical jokes. There’s a lot of character to be found in general, even though the game doesn’t pop off the screen like some other current generation releases do. It's a tad on the dark side, and could've used some more visual variety. Then again, those two things don't mar the experience too much. However, the game's surprisingly long loading times will annoy users.

Audio Review


What’s surprising about World Gone Sour is the amount of star power it contains. Method Man wrote a song about the candies, which happens to be available after the game’s credits roll, and Creed Bratton of The Office fame provides narration throughout its entirety. His inclusion adds extra character to the game, although the script they used could have been better. Those spoken words are full of cheesy jokes, but that’s not much of a surprise given the advertisements found throughout each level.

Complementing the above-mentioned vocal talents are some boisterous sound effects, as well as quality music that cannot be lumped into one genre classification. Those tunes work well with the zany and morbid action that is showcased within, as well as the game’s overall presentation style. Every one of these audible aspects sounds good with a lack of any noticeable issues, although there’s nothing memorable about them.

With an asking price of only five dollars, World Gone Sour is a solid purchase, containing a quirky premise and interesting gameplay mechanics. Fans of unforgiving old-school platformers will want to check this one out, especially since it’s perfectly priced. However, the experience is not a perfect one, and happens to suffer from some mechanical issues, terribly long loading times and a lack of replay value. Despite those noted issues, there’s quite a bit to like in what is a surprisingly decent, albeit strange release.