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Android App Video Review: Bag It!

by Andrew Koziara

Bag It! from Hidden Variable Studios is a rare gem of a game that I nearly missed out on. It's a creative derivation of the timeless time waster that is Tetris, with innovative gameplay and charming graphics and music. With several interesting modes offering tons of replayability, this is a title that everyone should download.

The game asks you to put yourself in the shoes of a grocery store bagger as you sort items of various size and weight into a paper bag, arranging and rearranging them to keep the heavy items like watermelons from crushing lighter items, like bread or eggs. There's a great variety of game modes with plenty of tweaks to the rules. Some levels must be completed within a certain time limit, usually with a three strike limit on broken items, or a certain number of bags must be filled, sometimes with a certain required fill percentage.

Other levels turn the game on its head and ask you to crush as many items as possible before time runs out, among various others. Each level is rated out of three stars and awards you two ribbons. Ribbons are earned through specific extra requirements that really add another layer of challenge to each level, such as keeping every item upright, not breaking a single item, or putting several items of the same kind together. You can put these items together regardless of ribbons in most game modes for score bonuses, and there are many combinations.

This is honestly one of the most original and creative titles I've played in a very long time. The 2D art is full of charm, and each grocery is packed with as much personality as… well, as these bags are packed with groceries. They never speak, yet each have very distinguishable personalities, and you can easily imagine them interacting. The sound design and music are well done too. To top it all off, this game is probably good training for would-be grocery baggers, and teaches you basic grocery bagging logic. I mean, everyone over the age of six understands that basic logic anyway, but go ahead and throw this game on your resume the next time you apply to a supermarket. This is a great game with lots of content and replayability, and is more than worth the two dollar asking price. Check it out.  

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