Squids is a turn-based strategy game released by The Game Bakers.
“Steev, Vahine and the rest of the Squids are in danger! An infectious black ooze is corrupting their world. Only a few heroes can fight back and save their lush underwater kingdoms! Recruit a small army of stretchy Squids and lead them into turn-based battles against the dark hordes.”
The game puts you in command of a team of three squids as you move on in the game the team with change as characters leave and new members join your team.
Gameplay wise, you will be navigating round small maps to complete objects, normally fighting off the enemy and reaching the exit. Along the way you can collect pearls to advance and power up that will give you short term protection or an additional move etc.
As you gain more pearls in the game you can use these to buy equipment and level up your characters.
The story advances there are short comic strips style cut scenes to advance the story.
The game is controlled by dragging the squids tail and launching it in the direction youwish it to move. It you hit and opponent, the enemy will be damaged. You can also tap on close enemies to launch a characters special power.
The graphics and sound are generally excellent with nicely drawn cut scenes and characters.
To my eyes, the main flaw of the game is the pull based moved and the edges on the map. More than once I have had characters fall off the map due to collecting power-ups, knocked off by an enemy who was a long way away at the start of the enemy turn or by accidently knock on from other character movement. In a normal strategy game the movement of characters is part of the strategy, in this it can be very hit and miss.
On the upside:
- Solid turned based strategy
- Nice graphics and cut scenes.
On the downside:
- Movement by pulling back the squid and letting go really does not work in a strategy game.
- Falling off the play area is too much of a danger.
- The power ups seem to be strangely annoying rather than adding to the game.
- Some of the cut scenes seem to fast forward through.
Overall, this is a good little strategy game, but really does suffer for some minor flaws that effect the strategy. I feel that the developers have made a bold move to try and mix in secrets and power ups, along with action based movement and it just does not quite work. I hope that some of these issues can be corrected in future updates as the basic game is solid and nicely put together.
Size: 159 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69
Link: Squids – The Game Bakers