Squids Wild West is the underwater Western themed sequel to the original Squids game. If you’re unfamiliar with Squids, it is an ultra fun turn-based strategy game with RPG elements.
This new follow up to the original features the same great gameplay that you’ve come to love, with a wet and wild theme. In this game, you’ll build a team of heroes and undertake turn-based battles to fight off corrupt crabs and shrimp as you fight against the evil Black Ooze.
You don’t need to have played the original Squids game to play Squids Wild West, because this standalone game is a great intro to the franchise.
You will have a team composed of several battle-ready squids. To explore and to fight, you will fling your squids around the screen by pulling back on their tentacles and releasing to send them flying. It’s quite a bit of fun!
Smacking into evil crabs and shrimp will do damage to them, and that’s how you defeat enemies. This is a turn based game, so you will have one or two turns to move and attack with each team member before the enemy gets a turn. After the enemy attacks, the turns reset and it is your turn again.
Each squid has a special ability, and when you’re in range of an enemy, you will be able to use it by tapping on the squid. Some draw a weapon and shoot, while others stomp, and each ability does extra damage to monsters.
Levels have a suggested number of turns to finish in, and finishing at or before the goal will earn you extra points. You’ll also get a higher score if you find a secret star in each level, grab as many treasure chests as possible, and keep all your squid alive.
Grabbing treasure chests will unlock pearls, and you can use your stockpile of pearls to purchase new equipment such as hats that add stats to your squids or special items. Items can be used several times and do things like revive fallen squid or do extra damage to enemies. In addition to buying bonuses with pearls, you can use real life cash to score a bundle of power ups and items.
Each of your minions level up after each stage is complete, earning stat increases. There are quite a few squid to choose from, and each one has strengths and weaknesses.
There are a lot of levels in Squids Wild West, so this game will keep you busy for a long time. There are also Game Center leaderboards and achievements to earn, for even more to do in an already content rich game.
What I liked: Squids Wild West is a fantastic adventure strategy game. It’s fun to send those squids flying into crabs and shrimp, and it’s also an entertaining theme that doesn’t get old. I could play this game for hours.
What I didn’t like: I wish the graphics were higher quality. I was hoping that the game would be Retina ready and would look a bit better on the third generation iPad.
To buy or not to buy: If you’re looking to have some fun this week, I’d definitely suggest taking a look at Squids Wild West. It’s got entertaining gameplay that will keep you interested for days on end, and as a bonus, it’s just $0.99.
- App Name: Squids Wild West
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: The Game Baker
- Price: $0.99