Published on May 11th, 2011 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Destructopus iOS Review
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 3.0 or greater)
Release Date: May 5, 2011 (Update coming soon)
What would you do if you heard a cuddly panda bear cry out for help? Well, if you were a mutant sea creature engineered of part octopus, crustacean, and topped with destruction, you would probably start flinging humans in the air and unleash on the city where it was being held. Now these are only assumptions, but what better way to act out these actions than on your iOS device?
Destructopus has already made its way in the iTunes store and has been making quite the splash. The 2D side scrolling beat ’em up/Rampage-style action title has made its way on to a touch screen near you thanks to the kind folks at Glitchsoft. While the name of the developer may say otherwise, the game hosts nothing short of a feel-good city-destroying time.
The controls are one of the most positive aspects to the game. After all, where would we be if we didn’t have these? Oh yeah, those are called movies. Anyways, the screen is broken into thirds. The top portion of the screen allows for players to take a chunk out of a plane, or send that dirt biker on a suicide run flailing to his death. The middle portion is used for hefty side swiping bites. These are useful for tearing into that oncoming building, or wall that is blocking route to those cuddly creatures. The lower portion of the screen is used for the claw punches. That sounds even more brutal after re-reading it, “claw punch.”
While the controls were mostly responsive, there were a few times when left with only a small amount of health that the duck controls didn’t respond well. This left me frustrated after going the whole level, sitting at three stars, and having to start all over again because the high and mighty beast couldn’t dodge a yellow dot.
The game spans over 16 levels which are broken up into four separate zones themselves. While this is a game that can be picked up at any time, get ready for some lengthy battles in the city. Players may choose the way in which they would like to play. Even when it comes to the boss battles, there is more than one way to take out a 10-ton tractor depleting the world of its forestry.
If you want to tear through the city and destroy anything that breathes, then by all means, claw punch away. However, when completing the levels, you are graded based on your combinations and a star is delegated for the amount of destruction done in the level. Higher ratings in stars are achieved by avoiding enemy fire and keeping a running combo going.
The ways in which these combinations are delivered is all based on your weaponry. The shop inside the game can be used to purchase upgrades to Destructopus. These upgrades come in the form of health, armor, speed and of course, weapon upgrades. Without giving away any spoilers, the weapons upgrades perform well and are thoroughly enjoyable.
Some of the games simpler aspects of enjoyment are the games basic functions. Watching a building crumble to its knees, or flinging a human in the air multiple times only to crash to the ground on the top of a tank is fun to do. The challenging levels, upgrades, and sounds only boost the games value.
Although there is added value in the upgrades, there are a few things that players might not like. One of those things would be how upgrades are acquired. It is sometimes hard to shell out additional funds for functions in the game when you have already purchased the game, let alone completed the areas. There are a few in which that come available after completing, or upgrading your character. The game sits at a $0.99 price tag, which is fairly decent for this title. If you are looking for decent length title, that is actually fun to play, it should be an easy purchase.
[xrr label=”Rating: 8.5/10″ rating=8.5/10]
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+ Level Design
– Purchasing Additional Items in Game