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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive, negative messages.
Positive Role Models
You play a mutant octopus angry with the world -- after seeing YouTube video of human chef cutting tentacles off a squid -- with goal to cause as much destruction as possible. No repercussions for destroying vehicles, buildings, but they're trying to kill you, too, so could be argued it's self-defense.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to play; eventually gets harder over time.
Violence & Scariness
While cartoon-like, unrealistic, you destroy airplanes, tanks, buildings, robotic creatures. You can use your tentacles as weapons, upgrade them with silly add-ons, like a snake head that spits poison, lobster claw to crush enemies, chicken that tosses eggs. No blood, gore.
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Parents Need to Know
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 destroying enemies before they can kill you, but it's not realistic or graphic. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
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. By pressing the left mouse button you'll rotate left (counter-clockwise) and pressing the right button rotates you to the right (clockwise). That's all there is to it -- until you're on land and must hold down the buttons to roll in a given direction, as well. But the fun is in angling Octogeddon to aim tentacles at baddies, avoiding getting hit by them 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. Should you freeze them first with the penguin tentacle and then have your snakes fire at them? Or wait until they get closer so you can aim better with the claw, which destroys them in one snap? You can choose what works best. Plus, at the end of a stage, what should you spend your hard-earned clams on? Extra lives? More tentacles? Bigger upgrades? Buy a turtle shell to protect you from damage? You get the idea. As fun as the game is, there are some 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. But these problems don't take away from the enjoyment too much. 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.
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