Squids

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Unique strategy/action/RPG blend good for beginners.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Propelling your squids across the screen is easy, but determining trajectory and how and when to "attack" enemies requires some thought. 

Violence & Scariness

You'll fight enemies, but only by bumping into them. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

In-game currency can be bought using real-world dollars via in-app purchases, ranging from $1 to $15. The purchases are not essential.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Squids is a blend of strategy and action in a game that carries an environmental message. Though you fight enemies as you look to gather pearls, it's done by simply bumping into them and trying to take them out before the pollution they're infected with takes your character over. In-app purchases run as high as $15 for in-game currency, but aren't essential. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

By blending the strategy and action genres (and tossing in a dash of role playing), SQUIDS is a unique creature in the App Store. Though it presents itself as a mix of Final Fantasy and Angry Birds, there's really nothing like it. That's commendable -- and the game is a technical marvel, with jaunty music and nice graphics. It also has an ideal difficulty ramp -- not too tough, but sufficient to still leave you with a sense of achievement. 

But with every new genre, there's a learning curve -- on the behalf of both players and developers. SQUIDS feels like a game that, while fun for a while, doesn't entirely live up to its potential. Moving around the levels doesn't feel natural, and it's hard to connect with the characters onscreen (and not just because they're squids). You certainly won't regret this purchase -- and many may love the game -- but others will wonder why the smiles on their faces aren't as wide as they should be. 

App details

For kids who love strategy and role playing

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