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Video Game / The Munchables

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The Munchables is a 3D Platform Game developed by Bandai Namco for the Wii. The game combined elements from two of Namco's other series, Pac-Man and Katamari Damacy.

Star Ving is a planet with several islands that are all connected together by rainbows. The primary inhabitants of Star Ving are the Munchables. Led by the mysterious Great Elder, the Munchables are a race of gluttonous creatures who spend their days chowing down from an endless supply of food created by magical artifacts called Legendary Orbs. But one day, a fleet of UFOs appear from a hole in space and steal the Legendary Orbs, destroying the rainbows connecting the islands and cutting off the Munchables' food supply. Then the UFOs deploy an army of creatures called "Tabemon Monsters" all over the islands to wreck havoc on Star Ving. It's up to the Great Elder and the game's protagonists, two Munchables named Chomper and Munchy, to traverse the islands of Star Ving, retrieve the Legendary Orbs, and defeat the Tabemon Monsters. And unfortunately for the monsters, they bear a rather uncanny resemblance to the various foods the Munchables love to sink their teeth into...


This game provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: All of the Tabemon Monsters are referred to as "it", even ones who appear incredibly masculine or feminine, like Broco Lee.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Averted, as the Tabemon Monsters just look like they are. Not that that'll stop the Munchables from eating them, though...
  • Dissonant Serenity: It's rather off-putting how cute and happy-looking the Tabemon monsters are in their official art, despite the fact they're not only space pirates hellbent on taking over Star Ving, the Munchables mean to eat them all.
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  • Endgame+: Defeating King Pumpkin unlocks a new character, a robotic Munchable called "Robo", and Mirror Mode.
  • Exposition Break: Completing an island after meeting Don Onion will cause the Great Elder to expound his relationship with him; they used to be good friends, raising happy Tabemon monsters together, but the Great Elder discovered that Don Onion was secretly stitching Tabemon monsters together in an attempt to create powerful creatures to rule to universe with. The Great Elder left the planet in disgust and never looked back.
  • Excuse Plot: Space pirates that look exactly like they're Anthropomorphic Food invade a planet inhabited by ravenous gluttons.
  • Flying on a Cloud: Parodied; the Great Elder looks like he gets around via flying cloud, but it's actually just a cardboard cutout of a cloud affixed to his chest.
  • He Was Right There All Along: Every boss stage barring the final one will begin with the Great Elder, Chomper/Munchy/Robo, and the tag-along of that island (if there is one) walking into the scene and having a short conversation, before something happens and the boss rises out of the ground.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • The name of the planet, Star Ving, is just "starving" with a space, obviously referencing the Munchables being Big Eaters.
    • The first boss, a giant, anthropomorphic broccoli, is called "Broco Lee".
  • Mini-Boss: The second level of each world has a miniboss you need to find and eat. Level 2 of World 8 instead has you fight the Minibosses of the previous seven worlds.
  • Mirror World: Every level can be played in reverse after defeating King Pumpkin.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: Averted. Munchy (female) is faster and her roll lasts longer but is hard to control, while Chomper (male) is stronger and has a straightforward short roll.
  • Tube Travel: Going into holes in the sea floor of in level two of Gulp Sea will play a short animation and have you pop out of another hole.


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