[Beyond PlayStation] Octocopter: Double or Squids Review
Octocopter: Double or Squids Review from TACS Games is a puzzle release of sorts on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Octocopter: Double or Squids Review review!
In Octocopter: Double or Squids on Nintendo Switch, you find out that there is octopus wrapped around a submarine, with one trying to defeat the other one, all as they spin round and round, like a record. The pair end up at the bottom of the sea and continue to spin together as they take on the many stages that stand between them and the way out of this particular predicament.
The game’s controls are very simple since most of the time all you have to worry about is moving the submarine/octopus combo with the left analog stick. You can also press and hold down the B button if you want to move at a much faster speed. The submarine can fire missiles with the X button to get rid of obstacles, but it can only fire them from the front. If you want to spin faster, press the A button. Since the submarine and octopus are in a constant spin, you will need to take this into consideration as you travel through each area. Hit a wall or an obstacle, and you will lose a heart. Lose all hearts, and you’ll have to start over!
For those of you that want to 100% the game, you will have three extra objectives to consider. On top of getting the submarine/octopus to the end of the stage, you will also need to grab all collectibles. Each stage has a set number of crystals to grab on your way to the exit, and you’ll need to grab all of them as fast as possible since there are different time milestones to reach in each level if you want to get some shiny medals. There’s also the objective for completing a stage without taking any damage, which will probably require you to replay some levels once you’ve learned what you need to do in that particular area.
Along with making sure you don’t hit any of the walls, you will also need to pay attention to other obstacles and hazards that will get in your way. There are the aforementioned rocky obstacles that will block your path, making you lose some valuable seconds, as well as deadly mines that will start to chase the submarine/octopus as soon as they see you, exploding as soon as they touch you. And at the end of each area, the last stage will be a boss fight. For these, you will need to learn the movement and attack pattern of bosses so that you can find their weak spots so that you can make your move and deal some considerable damage.
Octocopter is that particular type of arcade/puzzler which you’re either going to love or hate. Its gameplay mechanics are simple and to the point, and there is enough content in here to keep you busy for a few hours, so hopefully you give this one a chance.
This Octocopter review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by TACS Games.