Zeptolab, Creators of Cut the Rope, are back with a new idle merge game. Om Nom: Merge merges (pun intended) the best of both genres. It not only allows you to combine your favorite nommies to discover new adorable creatures, but also idle away as cute creatures keep gaining rewards when you are not playing.
The game starts with our dear Om Nom discovering an anomaly in the forest. Fruits are growing uncontrollably. Only Om Nom can stop this “fruitocalypse” and with his fellow nommies munch on fruits to restore the balance of the magic forest.
As Om Nom starts eating fruits, you will have to find and combine new creatures to eat more fruits to stop them from growing. A creature earns gold each time he munches on a fruit.
Present boxes drop on empty slots. Open them to get creatures and combine two identical creatures to create a new creature. You just have to drag and drop a creature onto its duplicate to discover a new one.
When you obtain a new creature, drag and drop him into the forest to munch on fruits. The more creatures are dropped into the forest, the more gold you will earn. Each new creature increases the earning per second, so make sure you create newer ones and drop them onto the forest to increase the gold earning rate.
As more and more creatures gobble fruits, you will reach new bonus stages where you can come across giant fruits. Unleash all nommies to eat these large fruits before the timer reaches zero to get lots of rewards.
Creatures are just unstoppable. When you are not playing, they keep eating fruits and earn gold for you. You can see how much gold you have earned when you open the app.
Addictive or Repetitive
Definitely Addictive! Once you start playing Om Nom Merge, you won’t stop until you unlock all characters. There are lots of funky and quirky creatures to discover and each has a unique trait.
You can buy new nommies using the in-game gold earned from eating fruits or make present boxes rain down on empty slots by watching a promo video. There are also several tasty upgrades or “perks” that can boost gold earnings or decrease the price of gold to purchase new creatures.
Om Nom Merge can be played offline, but you must have an Internet connection to claim prizes or double your rewards.
The Gold Boost icon on the bottom of the screen turns fruits into gold for a few minutes, offering double gold. You can get this boost by watching an advert and the more adverts you watch, the more rewards you will unlock. Similarly, you can select a prize from three different gifts in “Nature’s Gifts” mini game (golden mushroom icon). Sometimes, a treasure chest will float in the air and tapping it will reveal lots of gold which you can obtain by watching an ad.
You can also double AFK earnings or offline earnings by watching an advert. So yes, there will be quite a few ad-viewings involved if you want to quickly earn a lot of gold, but if you are obsessed with your Internet data usage, then I would recommend turning off your mobile data to play it offline.
Can You Play It Without IAP?
Just like every other Android game, Om Nom Merge has IAPs in the form of “welcome offers” that grant a bundle of goodies, such as gold present boxes containing rare nommies, gold and gems. You can also buy gems and instant gold by spending real money.
Gems are used to purchase rare creatures and unlock special power-ups such as rain to get more fruits in the jungle. Power-ups are one-time purchases. You can earn gems for free when you reach a new level.
Completing achievements also grants gems. Tap the trophy icon regularly to check for new achievements.
Yes, you can play without spending money on bundles, gems or coins, but you won’t be able to unlock all Om Nom Merge nommies in a very short span of time without IAPs.
With such an easy learning curve, the game’s pretty addictive, and you can easily unlock all characters if you have patience and know the creature combination sequence. Of course, you will have to watch promo videos to increase your gold earnings or double your rewards as simply playing the game without these offers won’t let you get a lot of gold in a short span of time. Gold is required to buy creatures if you want skip merging and purchase an identical creature directly.
Om Nom Merge is the perfect game to play on a lazy Sunday afternoon. On my “time-waster” rating, I will give a 4/5 as you can play the game for hours, and I would surely recommend playing it while traveling.