Review: Squids Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

Steev and the rest of the Squids are in danger! An infectious ooze is corrupting their world, and this band of unlikely heroes needs to fight back to save their kingdom.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 335MB Download size.
  • A happy bouncy soundtrack that has a slight Disney feel to it all.
  • Turn-based strategy game with RPG elements.
  • Two control methods, Drag and release option using the touchscreen. Another option is the traditional use of the left stick and a button.
  • Simple control method.
  • An opening tutorial section with a really detailed, clear help section available.
  • Autosaves regularly.
  • Players move around the map in any direction, Dragging and releasing a player will shoot them across the area and the idea is to hit the enemy with your head to damage them or knock them into hazards within the level like spikes or holes.
  • Buy new helmets to increase your base stats and change your player’s appearances.
  • Find and earn new helmets by playing the game or by finding clam shells in the level.
  • Earn pearls to buy items and upgrade your players.
  • Find pearls in clams or by killing enemies. Pearls if you haven’t guessed already, Is the currency in the game.
  • Over 90 levels.
  • The game is extremely easy to learn and play.
  • Pro mode for more of a challenge.
  • The story mode is broken up into chapters with each chapter boasting a mighty 20+ levels in each.
  • Story cut-scenes are well-drawn images with big bright colors.
  • Unlock new characters as you play through the story, Some levels will have you playing as new players without actually unlocking them.
  • Every level has a three-star rank, Stars are awarded for finding the secret star in the level, the speed in which you finish the level and lastly, having your whole team survive the level.
  • When you have more characters you can then make up your own team, The order you have them in determines there turn order.
  • Players have different categories that they fall under which dictate their play style. Shooters will have guns so are good for long range, Healers can heal other players by hitting them for example.
  • As you attack enemies you can hit multiple enemies at once and get special bonuses and combo scores.
  • Ambient obstacles are littered through each level and come in many shapes and sizes. Spiked urchins, water currents and even the ability to fall off the level are just a few of the hazards you will encounter.
  • Find bonus items in bottles that can either be used instantly or get put in your inventory and you can use them as you wish.
  • Player turns can be skipped with a simple button press.
  • Loads of varied enemies all with different attacks and methods.
  • Has hours of content and additional content from the whole series.

Cons:

  • No voice acting in cut-scenes, even just a stupid noise would do to help keep the atmosphere.
  • Aiming is tricky only in the way of it is hard to see where your player is actually going at times.
  • No hard save thus leaving you to rely on the autosave.
  • The camera could do with moving a bit faster instead of relying on you moving it manually.
  • Menu music that whilst cool at first is the only track used and keeps repeating on a loop.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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