Grab your scuba diving kit, because you’re about to head deep into the ocean to accompany some of the cutest Squids ever as they embark on a quest to stop the mysterious ‘black ooze’ that is infesting creatures from below. Don’t forget to find as many treasures as you can too! You may as well since you’re doing everyone such a massive favour en’all…
Genre: Turn-Based RPG
Release: October 13th 2011
Release Price: $0.99
Squids is an adorable turn-based RPG for iOS which plays like some kind of love child from Angry Birds and Final Fantasy, the turn based combat being similar to one of the world’s most popular RPG’s and the character throwing mechanic that is praised so highly from the #1 selling app on all iOS platforms. Squids has a very simple but broad gameplay mechanic where players must use their multi-talented Squids to defeat all the enemies in a level, by bashing into them, knocking them off platforms and using their special skills to take them all out. Every turn is especially satisfying when you can take out multiple enemies at once and create real havoc when trying to proceed through the level.
Unlike many iOS games out there, Squids has a very good storyline that takes a huge part of transitioning between levels, it makes the missions seem important and worthwhile so that you receive a greater feeling of satisfaction when reaching the finish line. You play as your desired team of squids to defeat the mysterious ooze that is infecting creatures from the sea, as you progress you meet more able bodied squids that will help you defeat the infectious gloop. All the characters are well developed and have their own personal attributes and attitudes that make story time much more fun when proceeding through each level.
As you travel to new acts of the game, you meet several different squids that can each offer something new to your destructive team. Your squids can be one of 4 different classes;
A boost skill which lets them fire in the direction their facing after being flung with extreme force, great for reaching enemies far away or reaching an objective in a lesser amount of turns.
The ability to fire at enemies from a distance, even after being flung towards your enemies, great for keeping yourself from harm’s way and steal dealing a fair amount of damage.
A heavy specialist who can deal a lot of damage on impact and has a stomp technique which deals damage to all enemies within a given region, take out those grouped enemies to disperse them with ease!
Expert in supporting your squids through battle, they will heal anyone they come in contact with by giving them a loving hug, simply fire your healer into multiple friendly’s to increase their health!
Whilst using your tough and nimble squids to defeat the enemies, it is essential that you collect as much booty as you can, to spend on level upgrades, new costumes and special items. These can be purchased by acquiring pearls which can be earned by pulling off skilful shots on enemies and finding them hidden in each level. A great thing about the RPG element of Squids is the ability to customize your team, individual squids, your inventory and more. It offers plenty to adjust based on your play style. If you like to keep it safe you can purchase as much health and revive items as you please, or if you’re more interested in brute force, purchase the kraken to damage all of your enemies before you’ve even started your turn!
Each level has 3 possible stars that can be acquired – one for amount of turns, one for completing the level with all your squids still alive and another star that can found hiding somewhere within the level, simply send one of your squids to obtain it. Earning all the stars is the aim to ultimate completion of the game, and if that isn’t enough, there are also online leaderboards to help quench your thirst for competition with other squid flingers.
Squids is an incredibly attractive iOS game, the levels are nicely plotted and suit the underwater environment down to a tee, it’s just visually pleasing to the point where I want to just high five it for being so pretty. The music and sound effects are also cute beyond belief. The game has been executed in such a way that it’s difficult to find any of its flaws, its concept must have been visualised a long time before they started development as everything has been produced to a high quality standard, despite it being on a lower powered platform. I feel as though Squids have so much more to offer in the future, with extra content and maybe even a sequel in the midst. I can’t wait to see what they do to improve the game, although I think that there are no obvious flaws with the game’s concept and execution, I’m definitely interested in seeing where it could go in the future. Certainly a game to keep an eye on.
Squids can be purchased through the iTunes app store for $1.99. A small price to pay for a game that delivers a larger than life experience.
9.0 – Excellent. Fun, enjoyable, engaging, and memorable but is missing that little something that will make it exceptionable. People will fondly talk about this for generations to come.