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Hungry Squid HD review (iPad)

May 14, 2012

“I want you to cascade through ten thousand rainbows with me
And dredge mountains from the sea”

10 word description: Puzzle game. Three modes. Hard to describe in 10 words…

10 word review: A different kind of puzzle game! Yes, different! Let’s rejoice.

You will like this if you enjoy: Puzzle games.

The good news: It’s a different kind of puzzle game, without sacrificing enjoyment at the altar of incomprehensible originality. Graphics are decent, although the backgrounds and menu/statistics screens are a lot prettier than the game grid itself.

The bad news: The game’s name sounds more like some kind of casual screen-flicking nonsense than a comparatively sophisticated puzzle game. The speed-tapping of purple tiles doesn’t feel like it fits with the pace and concept of the rest of the game.

Arcadelife verdict: This is what you get when you continually gripe about the masses of generic, cloned games on the app store – a puzzle game that is virtually impossible to compare with anything else. I admit I deserve it. I suppose Hungry Squid shares some tiny similarities with Pipe Mania style games, although it’s different enough for anyone who has played it to point in disbelief at this sentence and ask what the heck am I talking about. It’s easy to pick up, challenging to master and considerably more fun than the screenshots might have you believe.  The only thing I really don’t like about this game is the name; it should be something more evocative and less throwaway.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 84/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Hungry Squid website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)
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