> Developer: The Game Bakers > Publisher: The Game Bakers > Release date: Out now
A game based around slinging squids across the screen may not sound all that impressive but Squid Odyssey is a surprisingly addictive title that’ll keep you coming back for more..
An RPG of sorts, featuring turn-based combat and a surprising amount of dialogue and narrative, Squids Odyssey offers Wii U and 3DS owners a totally unique experience.
The narrative isn’t weighty but it’s executed well and draws you into the squiddy struggle to save their homes from dodgy goo. The game itself consists of several mechanics, foremost squidflinging. You’ll choose the strength and direction as you get around the screen, collect things and get into the odd fight or two.
Each of the squids has its own special ability and some are more useful than others. Like other turn-based games, you’ll move each member of your squad individually before your enemies have their chance to move into position or attack.
As you progress, new squids will join your squad, allowing you to assemble an army worthy of vanquishing your foe and reclaiming your kingdom. To make your squids even more effective on the battlefield, you’ll be able to spend the pearls you collect throughout on new hats to increase their statistics or boost your special moves. And to add even more silliness.
Ultimately, almost everything here works far better than it sounds on paper even if the menus are a little uninspired. And you’ll spend a lot of time in them, working your way through in order to sort your roster, spend your pearls or just wade through the dialogue, but that’s a minor enough quibble.
The fact is that, for a game that could have been dull and uninspired, Squids Odyssey is actually pretty fantastic. If you like your games as nuts as they are colourful then this will be right up your alley, and with so much to do, so many 3-star scores to rack up and an abundance of hats to kit your squids out in, this goes well beyond the remit of a $14.99 digital title. It’s as awesome as it is crazy, and it’s VERY crazy.