You ARE Octogeddon, a massive mutant octopus with one mission: DESTROY the world! Grow more tentacles and evolve each of them into deadlier and deadlier weapons until you become the ultimate eight-legged killing machine! Full disclosure: I’ve been a big fan of George Fan for a long time. I mean before Plants vs. Zombies and even Insaniquarium; I’m talking Wrath of the Gopher here. So when he personally offered me the game for streaming purposes, I jumped right at it. I am not receiving any further compensation for this review, nor was I asked to make a review in the first place. This game uses only two buttons. Left-click and right-click are all you need. You’re not even clicking ON anything, except in menus. You’re steering your sea mutant of doom with just that. All your means of attack are basically on autofire; all you have to do is drive. And it’s brilliant. It starts out simple enough, turning to poke incoming submarines; then the DNA gets involved. Suddenly, one of your tentacles is a snake that spits, or a crab claw that snaps, or a chicken that hocks up explosive eggs. Between levels, your options for spending money become very varied indeed, challenging you to decide upon your loadout. Are you really willing to trade your penguin that freezes enemies for a toad that’s very slow but snatches enemies and smashes them into other enemies, or should you save up for another tentacle? Before long, the game reaches Heavy Weapon proportions of firepower, with the enemy waves increasing to match, always giving you more to pay attention to and look out for, tough but fair.
When the clever boss battles finally do you in, however, that’s when the game REALLY opens up. You can start fresh if you’d like, and I’m sure a pure 1cc will be a fine challenge for many. However, what you’re prompted to do on game over is to finally spend those mysterious shells you collected during your playthrough. Suddenly, it’s like Rogue Legacy—a variety of permanent upgrades become available for your future runs, including not just more health and lives and the like, but also new arm-aments: cobras that spit twice as fast, spread-shot porcupines, and more I don’t want to spoil! Normally, I don’t talk too much about graphics in a game, unless they’re terrible or hinder play. But I must say: the animation in this game is ASTOUNDING. And there’s a lot of it! Watching your ball of destruction roll down city streets loaded with a literal menagerie all firing away is incredibly satisfying. The soundtrack is also suitably epic, with certain stages getting particularly well-themed background music; one in particular is very 80’s neon rock inspired, and it’s sticking with me. In short, Octogeddon is mechanically extremely simple but has very deep gameplay, and it’s a masterpiece for the senses as well as for the mind. I’m only more of a Fan fan for it. I can’t recommend this game enough. Rampage meets Rotozoa. If you know and like both of those games, you need to buy this one. This is an arcade game with simple controls (rotate left/right) but a deeper strategy, lots of power-ups, and an art style that will take you back to the good ol’ days of PopCap before EA bought them out and injected them with terminal A lot of people say that the content is repetitive and basic. That’s true. I think people have forgotten what casual games are. They’re games that don’t have a lot of content, they’re controls are simple, and the gameplay is dull to a lot of hardcore gamers. But that’s the catch, it’s a *Casual* game. My parents and their parents could understand how to play it, which is something you can almost never find nowadays. So while the content may be *easy* or *boring*, just know that anyone over the age of 6 can play and understand this game microtransactionitis.
You are Octogeddon, a massive mutant octopus with one mission: DESTROY the world! Grow more tentacles and evolve each of them into deadlier and deadlier weapons until you become the ultimate eight-legged killing machine!
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