Developer: Soulfire Software
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], XBLIG
Cost: 80 MSP
Prepare to adventure in the strange and weird as we take a look into Septipus- Tentacle Apocalypse. Septipus- Tentacle Apocalypse is an indie game developed by Soulfire Software which pits you against 25+ different dark dungeon environments to poke through. This game plays like your average dungeon crawler and limits your vision only to your immediate area. There are plenty of things to avoid including mindless zombies, lethal spikes, and even a few poisonous ink drops from the ceiling. The controls are pretty straight forward. You maneuver with your left thumb stick and you can boost your speed by simply pressing A. To add to the situation, you will slip and slide around the map when moving. You will need to take the extra distance you travel when stopping to navigate successfully around multiple levels.
The story is a little weird, to say the least. When starting up the game, I immediately was confronted by an introduction that looked something reminiscent of Fable I’s. You play as a mysterious hero who goes by the name Smiley. An evil octopus by the name of Septipus has stolen everyone’s hair in Smiley’s village and has used it to fashion his gigantic handle-bar mustache. You later meet the spirit of a fallen hero who becomes your light and guide through the game. There are a few cut scenes in-between levels that also provide voice over work to tell the story. I can’t really tell if the cutscenes were meant to be laughable but I did have to roll my eyes at some of the cheesy dialogue. All things considered, story on a game like this isn’t that important. It’s usually the game play that sells these type of games.
The light before you is your only guide.
For $1, its not a downright bad title. The ending of the game delivers a nice change up and decent boss battle that is worth noting as well. This game should take you around 45 minutes at most depending upon how good you are with the game mechanics. I have no true beef with this game other then to say that I wish it was a bit more challenging. You are given 99 lives to start off with and the opportunity to grab more within the game. I would have really enjoyed the tension given by less lives if I was started at 20 lives per say. That being said, you could probably get your 5 year old nephew to play this game and he could beat it with 99 lives. It’s a game that could be tackled by even the noobiest of noobs. As for the recommendation for purchasing this title, I would say go right ahead if you like maze puzzle games. Overall, Septipus- Tentacle Apocalypse is your average indie game that you’d come to expect on the Indie Game Marketplace.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5