Welcome to this week’s installment of F2P Friday, where we highlight our favorite Free-2-Play games. The video game market is oversaturated, and sometimes, hidden gems fall through the cracks. This is where we do the digging for you and feature a new F2P game every week that we know you will enjoy. Let’s dive in!

Veggie Menace

Welcome to the overgrown spectacle that is Veggie Menace. After a failed spell during a vegetable contest in the Middle Ages, the vegetables come to life and try to invade civilization. A little witch with her magic powers will need to fight against this invasion.

The Basics

Let’s get down to basics. At its heart, Veggie Menace is an old-school-styled 2-D run and gun game. Players will run through a linear level, shooting their magic at enemies and platforming through obstacles. Periodically, you will have to get through boss phases, and the whole thing plays very much like Cuphead

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While I wouldn’t rate this game on the same difficulty level as Cuphead, these vegetables are no pushovers. I often found myself overwhelmed by the number of mushrooms rushing me on the screen and opted to jump over them rather than trying to take them all down. 

The game supports a local cooperative mode, but I played alone, so I cannot suggest it as a game mode. I’m unsure which role a co-op player would fill or if the difficulty ramps up, so please comment below if you have played Veggie Menace with a player two.

Pumpkin Boss in Veggie Menace

Why Should I Play?

Why should you play Veggie Menace? This is sure to scratch that itch if you are into the run-and-gun genre. The jumping, shooting and dashing mechanics are responsive, making for a satisfying run. Anytime I died, it was because I got outgunned, not let down by wonky controls. 

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The artwork in Veggie Menace is charming and nostalgic. The art is the main reason I was drawn to download the game in the first place. The cartoon style works well for the vegetables, and while the story logic is a bit nonsensical, I’ve certainly played weirder games.

Veggie Menace offers a loaded salad bar full of great gameplay concepts. The responsive movement, relative difficulty and short runtime made for a well-rounded, fun experience. I wish there was more flexibility to change the control scheme, but it is a minor complaint at best. 

Have a F2P game you’d like us to check out? Played this one before? We love to hear from you gamers in the comments. Ready to take down some vegetables like your mom always wished you would? You can download Veggie Menace on Steam for free here!


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