Today’s most pleasant gaming surprise: reigning Facebook game champs Playfish — creators of the still-notification-hogging Pet Society and Who Has The Biggest Brain? — have officially released their more or less essentially Worms-alike game Crazy Planets to the social networking site.
A 2D turn-based battler at heart, each Planets round gives your profile-photo’d avatar 30 seconds to move around its Mario Galaxy-esque mini-planets to get in position to attack (in its earliest levels) invading robots.
As you level up in the game by completing more of its successive missions, you’ll get the opportunity to both level up and unlock new weapons (part of its repeat-play social draw), and unlock new player controlled units of your army, here represented by choosing one of your Facebook friends to accompany you.
On top of that, the game gives you bonuses (like shorter research times for new weapons) for inviting your friends, or, like Pet Society, allows for real money microtransactions to instantly make upgrades available.
But at heart, based on a few [too many] introductory hours of play, it’s just good, free casual fun, well drawn and animated, with fantastically solid and weighty physics, and the always pleasing gimmick of getting your friends literally into the game — feel free to add me there if you’re playing as well.
Crazy Planets [Playfish]