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Squid ’N Play

The hero of Quadropus Rampage has got (four) legs—he knows how to use them.

By Jason Reich • July 9, 2013

Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap game ($10 or less).

If Quadropus Rampage provides a reason why a four-legged squid dude is trying to kill an evil mustachioed underwater king named Pete, I forget what it is. It doesn’t matter. I was too busy gleefully murdering all manner of marine life in this colorful brawler to care.

Enemies swarm our heroic cephalopod, Tack, as he descends through level after level of fishy enemies in pursuit of Pete. Defeating all the baddies opens a portal to the next wave. Tack only has a handful of moves with which to unleash his four-legged fury, but the frequent and varied item drops keep things interesting. The weapons are all variations on the theme of “big swingy club,” but their strengths and weaknesses vary widely, as do their hilariously randomized names. (Splendid Swordfish Of Mortality not your speed? Perhaps you’d like to see something in a Vibrating Ice Sickle With Balsamic.)

Once you succumb to the hordes, it’s back to the top, but you keep your upgrades and skills after each playthrough. Only the most dedicated scrappers will stick it out until Pete has been vanquished. (My own personal Pete still has 87 percent of his hit points remaining, but I have not yet begun to button-mash.) In-app purchases can speed your progress, but they’re unnecessary—the grind’s the thing here. Come on in, the water’s fine.

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12 Responses to “Squid ’N Play”

  1. Chum Joely says:

    This game looks cool, but it is really, really tiny on the iPhone. I’ll try it on the iPad at home if I can wrestle it away from my son (who is severely addicted to Angry Birds: Red’s Magic Feathers at the moment). The controls (notably movement) are a little quirky, but I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve played this thing a bit longer, and on an appropriately-sized device.

    • Enkidum says:

      I play it on my Galaxy (phone), haven’t really had a problem with the size. It’s good commuting fun.

      • Dave Dalrymple says:

        First Jay-Z. Now Enkidum. Everyone’s shilling for Samsung these days. 

        • mizerock says:

          I’m going to assume Enkidum received no financial compensation for his endorsement. Or am I just being naïve?

        • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

          SPOILER ALERT: Turns out Enkidum was Hov this whole time! You scallywag!

    • Chum Joely says:

      Yeah, I can’t seem to really get the hang of that little virtual joystick in the lower left corner. On the up side, I should unlock the “fell off ledges 25 times” achievement in no time flat!

  2. Dariusz G. Jagielski says:

    Too bad there’s no browser version :(

  3. NakedSnake says:

    Is it me, or is the style and art closely copied from Bastion?

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      I’m getting more Alien Hominid type vibes from it. It doesn’t have the paint-y quality that Bastion had.