Peter Potato: One Hot Potato of an App

Olivia Hixson (9), Reporter

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Disclaimer: Suitable for vegetarians.

According to PeterPotato.com: “‘Peter Potato’ is a quirky, action-packed game about a shy, clumsy potato who is helplessly in love with a cabbage.”

A very English app, now recently free on the AppStore for iOS, “Peter Potato” truly fits that description. This app was released on the nineteenth of February in 2015 and will undoubtedly leave anyone, young or old, hooked on the story of one very self-conscious potato by the name of Peter.

The game’s main goal is simple: the player must help Peter Potato gain more confidence over the fictional week so he can ask Suzy Cabbage to the disco on Friday night.

Throughout the game, the player must complete tasks like snowboarding/ skateboarding, learning the Turbodance, playing “fruitball” (a game where the characters have to block fruit being chucked at them), racing/swimming, eating quickly, counting, and cleaning various substances off of Peter Potato himself to earn seeds, which the player can use to buy things in the cool shop and to pass levels, and confidence points.

Also from PeterPotato.com: “The game unfolds over 70 fast-paced mini games – testing your skill, speed, accuracy, rhythm, memory, and intellect in all sorts of tricky and exciting situations.”

By step 18, the player meets Peter’s arch nemesis: Colin Carrot. Colin has already asked Suzy Cabbage to the disco but she has not answered yet. Basically, Suzy Cabbage just wants Peter Potato to ask her to the disco based on her obvious flirting in conversation. Who knew there could be so much drama in the life of a talking potato?

This app also offers different opportunities to complete challenges from various vegetables such as tomatoes and bell peppers. These challenges consist of the same activities in the normal levels, however much more difficult. If the player wins a challenge, they receive what is called a “veg card”, which gives quick facts on the different challengers.

Some other features are achievements and the “cool” shop. Much like in any other game, achievements are, well, achieved when the player does something. In Peter Potato, some achievements include getting all twenty veg cards and completing the seventy plus levels with all points awarded. The cool shop has lots of funky gear like underwear hats, beards, and bread shoes that the player can buy with seeds (the currency earned from levels and challenges) to gain extra confidence points.

The reviews for this app are mixed. Most say that the game is cute and all but it is not appropriate for the age level.

However, the creators battle this with, “The game is designed for children aged 7 to 107, and aims to inspire an interest in vegetables in a fun and informative way. It also features positive role models promoting positive values, such as showing empathy and helping others.”

Overall, Peter Potato is a cute and very involved game that is perfect for anyone, no matter how old or young.

Quick tip: always have someone on hand for those tricky racing levels- they’re hard alone!

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