Parents need to know that “Octogeddon” is a downloadable arcade game for Windows that lets gamers control a mutant octopus out to destroy the world. By rotating his body, using his tentacles to destroy enemies, and upgrading his tentacles with silly add-ons, players start in the ocean, begin to take over the United States on land, and the rest of the world after that. There’s cartoon violence as the point is to destroy enemies before they kill you, but it’s not realistic or graphic. Otherwise, there’s no inappropriate content in the game.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
“Octogeddon,” as the name implies, casts players as an octopus out to destroy the world. Why, you ask? One day, our hapless hero is watching YouTube and sees a human chef take a knife to a squid. That was enough to set him off, so he vows revenge on civilization, and works his way out of the water onto land in some of the biggest cities around the world. By using his tentacles as weapons, you’ll blow up airplanes, submarines, tanks, and buildings, as well as multiple “boss” characters that are bigger, stronger, and more mechanized. You’ll earn enough clams (the in-game currency) to add additional tentacles (at a maximum of eight, of course), and upgrade the tentacles with super powers, such as a chicken that can toss eggs, a snake that spits venom, and a lobster claw to clamp down on fighter jets.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This fun, wacky, and accessible arcade smasher is strangely addictive, even with its cartoonish focus on destruction, and an underwhelming start that becomes better over time. After the opening cinematic, you’ll find yourself underwater and learning the simple mechanics to destroy approaching enemies. The fun is in angling Octogeddon to aim tentacles at baddies, avoid them hitting you first (or else you’ll lose a heart), collecting goodies (like coins, clams, and hearts), and tackling a boss at the end of each major level. While simple in its control and premise, the game does get quite challenging over time.
The real fun is in expanding your limbs and then experimenting with different tentacles before applying your strategy on a stage. For example, while destroying the Statue of Liberty, you’ll need to simultaneously take down rockets, aircraft and nuclear-armed tanks. At the end of a stage, what should you spend your hard-earned clams on? Extra lives? More tentacles? Bigger upgrades? You get the idea. As fun as the game is, there are some minor issues, such as having to repeat multiple levels over again when you die, and instances when enemies hurt you even if your arms are lined up perfectly to destroy them. From the ridiculous storyline and cute graphics to the addicting upgrades and smart tactics needed to succeed, “Octogeddon” is a blast — especially for action-loving PC gamers on a budget.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 10 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Positive messages: 0 out of 5
Positive role models: 1 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence: 1 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Developer: All Yes Good
Release date: February 11, 2018