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Volcano Island HD review (iPad)

August 29, 2011

“I am sinking, So I trick myself, Like everybody else”

10 word description: Turn-based; rescue inhabitants from sinking islands. Evade sharks, octopuses.

10 word review: Great turn-based variant. Amusing scenario disguises a tough challenge.

Another octopus! Oh great, that's all I need

You will like this if you enjoy: Turn-based strategy games, puzzle games involving planning and a bit of luck rather than logical or physical puzzles with a linear solution, games featuring marauding sharks and giant octopuses.

The good news: It’s genuinely different from pretty much any other iOS game I’ve played, and not just being different for the sake of it. It looks quite pretty, particularly for a hex-based game. The game is simple to learn but provides a big challenge almost immediately. It’s definitely fun.

Information on how to play is plentiful

The bad news: Hopefully I’m wrong about this, but I think the odd combination of cartoon octopuses and hex-based gameplay will turn people away from this. Hardcore TBS fans, who I’m sure would enjoy this, won’t see the cartoon marine life as serious enough. Casual gamers looking for their next cartoon octopus game could be put off by the turn-based nature of this one.

Don't be put off by the hex-based gameplay. It's fun, honest

Arcadelife verdict: It’s a good game and I’m enjoying playing it, despite the fact that it almost completely destroys me on every attempt. I’ve completed the first island a couple of times (go on, laugh!) but the success never lasts. If you’re worried, after looking at the screens, that this game is somehow lightweight or will not present an adequate challenge for your finely honed gaming skills, step up and let the cheerful cartoon octopuses rip your feeble strategies to pieces.

Arcadelife rating: 81/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
iTunes link

Volcano Island website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.5)
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