Sir Octopus: Written & Video iPad App Review
As we’ve mentioned a few times here at the iPhone App Review, one of our favorite genres of all-time on the iPhone and iPad is the infamous puzzler. Yes, we absolutely hop skip and jump for anything that gives us a puzzle, a clear set of variables, and ample time to wrestle it through in our minds. With that in mind, we’re chuffed to bits to be bringing you a review of Sir Octopus today. This iOS app, by Sergii Orlov, is inventive, quirky, and fresh enough to warrant a look no matter what level of puzzle fan you are. Best of all, it arrives completely free in the App Store. If you’re looking for our full review of the title, you need only to slide on down below the break! Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve ever played one of the hundred-or-so box moving games that used to fill the Web, then you’ve likely got a good handle on how Sir Octopus works. But before we get that far, the game begins and ends with its story: In essence, you’ll be directing the squiggly protagonist around the levels looking for his scattered children. To accomplish this you’ll need to alter elements of the layout, including the grid-shaped grass clumps, sand blocks, etc. Every time you tag a child, they’ll stick to you, creating a shape that now must be considered when you solve the rest of the map. Snag all the kids, and you’ve won!
As stated, this gives Sir Octopus a great resemblance to those ye olden box-moving titles. However, the gameplay is incredibly fresh, and oddly quirky. We enjoyed having to think about the shape of our growing bulk in relation to the level, and in fact, we like it more than any similar title we may have played recently. Truly, it’s a solid idea.
Graphics and Design
Best of all, Sir Octopus is pretty easy on the eyes, too. It’s got a refreshing set of cartoon-inspired graphics for you to feast your eyes upon, as well as a plethora of game objects, characters, items, etc. You’ll also get a total of three level packs, which adds up to a whopping heaping helping of gameplay. Oh, and of course the cute story will carry the title throughout, keeping you glued to the screen. Lastly, the game is compliant with both the iPhone and the iPad, making it a smooth operator no matter what device you’re running.
At the end of the day, the package that Sir Octopus offers is fairly near unbeatable. It’s cute, it’s inventive, it’s weighty, and it also happens to be free. You can flesh out the gameplay with hint packs, but if you’d like to save the ocean’s octopus population without spending a dime, you can do exactly that. With this in mind, Sir Octopus is an easy recommendation for any iOS puzzler.
Sir Octopus requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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