Following a brief tutorial, you assume full control of the monster as Dr Wilder, before proceeding to cause as much damage as possible to unlock the first set of missions. In keeping with the comic book theme that runs throughout the game, these are presented as a series of chapters spread across eight themed comic books and include Maximum Destruction, Race and Bonus missions, where your aim is to chomp your way through as many humans as possible in the allotted time.
As you progress through Eat Them!, the missions become more varied, so you’ll find yourself laying waste to the prison compound one moment to set the prisoners free, before escorting them to freedom the next.
All the while, you’ll need to contend with the military and police who are out to stop you, as well as stocking up on your life-giving energy – people! – as to achieve the best scores and the best times you’ll need to balance completing your mission with keeping your monster alive.
Before you get started, you visit the Monster Lab to view available monsters or create your own. Take your pick from the wide range of body parts and weapons available, then once you get going keep your eyes open for more monster parts that you can use to upgrade your creation later on in the game.
As well as online leaderboards where you can see how your city-smashing and people-gobbling exploits stack up against other Eat Them! players, you can team up with up to three friends on one PS3 system for the ultimate city-levelling carnage spree in any of the missions you have unlocked in the single player game.
Only puny humans stand in your way. You must crush them, you must destroy them, you must Eat Them!