Looking for a quality challenge with a great story and beautiful graphics? Have a thing for talking cephalopods in cowboy hats? The Game Bakers have delivered yet again. If you loved the original Squids game you won’t be disappointed in this western-themed underwater romp.

Story
Our yarn begins in the battle scarred town of Seawood. Our gang of dubious heroes are in search of fellow squid to help beat back the dread and mysterious black ooze that is taking over inhabitants of the ocean. Explore dark dangerous waters, defeat vicious crustaceans, and search for a fallen companion. Exciting locals and a cast of totally original and colorful characters balance out this rousing adventure.

Gameplay
The one thing this turn-based-strategy-RPG does not lack is personality. The game offers 5 wholly entertaining chapters with 40+ missions and 12 totally inventive playable characters.

The game physics are similar to its predecessor. For those new to the Squids world, think Angry Birds meets Billiards meets underwater western.

Each chapter presents you with a detailed map of enemies and obstacles. Strategy is key as each move involves a number of actions points. Using your finger, grab hold of your squids tentacles to pull in the opposite direction of your target, and release, to sling shot (err squid shot) them headfirst into enemies. Each noggin knocking does damage. When stretching your squid you can gauge speed and distance. But watch out for debris and pitfalls! Environment physics are key in all of these open interactive settings. While swimming your way into battle avoid spiky urchins, whirlpools, bombs and holes… lots of holes. These environmental hazards can also benefit you in battle with a little timing and some luck.

The class system is made up of a Shooter, Trooper, Scout, and Healer. On top of blasting your foes with your head, each character class comes with a special move. Whether it be dashing, shooting, stomping or healing, each member is needed to ensure survival in this rather challenging game.

All 12 of the characters are customizable via a nice selection of battle helmets and a pretty hat or two. Another pleasant addition is multiple seahorse mount unlocks. High ho seahorse, away!

The currency systems consists of collecting pearls. After pummeling an enemy or opening a chest, be sure and snatch those pearls up as you will definitely need each and every one. Leveling up and equipping your character can be slow going, as you need a pretty decent amount of pearls to do so. So unless you want to purchase them with real cash, be prepared to replay missions. Bonus levels are available for extra funding to make the collection less tedious.

In addition to bashing underwater miscreants, there is a hidden star puzzle contained in each level. And while moves are infinite, you get a bonus for completing each level within a certain amount of turns to earn more pearls.

Good news for players of the original game is that the pressure to purchase items seems to have lessened. With patience and some replay you can, and will, progress your character high enough to beat the game without the luxury of shelling out some clams (pun intended). To be honest, after seeing the quality of the game I wouldn’t mind at all spending some additional funds for a special item or two.

Graphics and Sound

They did a stellar job on the graphics. Each level encompasses a rather cool and well thought out set of maps. Character models are fresh and fun with cartoonish flare.

The music is first-rate. Western melodies and suspenseful inspiring battle tunes fit right into the adventure and really add to the experience.

Bottom-line

Squids Wild West is a premium game with charm and challenge that is sure to entertain.

The game is also kid friendly, which is great news for parents. This was four-year-old tested, and both parental units approve of this one.

It has a promo price of a mere $0.99 (normally $1.99), and is available on the iPad and iPhone with future plans for Android, PC, and Mac.

 

About The Author

Amy Gardiner lends her talents to content editing. She has also agreed to play all those silly Facebook games for us, and we are equally amazed and awed by her resilience to do so. She suffers from a slight point-and-click video game addiction and is always looking for a new fix.

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