Video Game / Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy is an arcade-style video game released in 2004 by PopCap Games. Basically, you take on the role of a small fish who must chew his way through the food chain by eating smaller fishes. As you progress in the food chain, you take on the role of more bigger and powerful marine predators and must defeat the Shark King.

The game was successful enough that it got a sequel called Feeding Frenzy: Shipwreck Showdown in 2006. Featuring improved graphics, more fishes, and all-new characters, the player must once again eat his way up the food chain as he tries to discover a mystery lurking in the ocean's depth that is causing a disturbance in the oceanic food chain. Both games were later re-released in 2006 for Xbox and Xbox 360.

Feeding Frenzy contains examples of:

  • Animal Gender-Bender: In the first game, Eddie the anglerfish is identified as male, although it's clearly female. Averted in Shipwreck Showdown, where he/she's renamed Edie.
  • Artistic License Biology:
    • Most fish species are portrayed with sizes that are inaccurate when compared to their real-life counterparts.
    • The pelicans in Shipwreck Showdown hunt by skimming the water surface, which isn't something any real pelican does.
    • Clams are portrayed as eating fish that get caught between their shells.
  • Big Bad: The Shark King in the first game, the Intruder in the second.
  • Clam Trap: The clam at the bottom of the screen will occasionally open, revealing a pearl that your fish can take for bonus points. Beware, though, because when the clam closes its shell while you're on its mouth, you'll die instantly.
  • Elite Mooks: Barracudas and sharks.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The second game introduces cuttlefish. They are harmless, but get scared easily and will spray ink on the player, which will confuse you for a short period of time.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: All the predatory animals, unless you manage to grow larger than them.
  • Feathered Fiend: In the second game, the player faces pelicans at certain levels.
  • Mooks: All the predatory fishes and creatures.
  • Nintendo Hard: The two games start off as easy, but get progressively more difficult. The first one is believed by fans to be the hardest of them, especially during the Final Battle.
  • Palette Swap: Some creatures in both games are merely recolors of others the player has previously encountered.
  • Perplexing Pearl Production: The clam at the bottom of the screen occasionally opens to reveal a pearl that can be stolen for bonus points.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Plenty. We have parrotfish, surgeonfish, humphead wrasses, john dories, boxfish, queen triggerfish and leopard sharks, among others. Only true marine animal lovers will recognize them.
  • The Spiny: Pufferish, when inflated, cannot be eaten—try and you'll simply bounce off in a random direction.
  • Secret Character: Finish Shipwreck Showdown once and you'll be awarded with an account named "The Intruder". You can play as The Intruder there, with sucking, jaw size, and speed, all maximum. Arguably doubles as the strongest playable character.
  • Spiritual Successor: To an old Intellivision game, Shark! Shark!
  • Threatening Shark: Most of the enemies the player encounters in both games are, as expected, sharks. Subverted with Goliath in the second game. He's actually a playable character who's on the good side.
  • A Winner Is You: After defeating the Final Boss in both games, all you get is a screen congratulating you for your efforts and your overall score after finishing the game. Subverted in the second game, see Secret Character above.