Parents' Guide to

Squids Odyssey

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Strange but fun game mixes aquatic tactics and role-playing.

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Few games are comparable to Squids Odyssey. Its primary play mechanic -- flinging cephalopods across the sea floor and the backs of giant turtles -- is unique and introduces some interesting tactics. The heroes have a limited number of action points each turn, which are used up depending on how hard they're flung. That adds a new level of strategy to the game -- for instance, you can be sneaky, flinging characters in short bursts so they can hit several enemies at once or push an opponent into a hazard. It takes a while to get the hang of the strategy required, but once things start to click it can be a lot of fun -- and surprisingly challenging, too.

It's too bad other parts of the game don't quite live up to the action. Cutscenes between missions are meant to be funny, but are more often just dull. While it's fun to unlock new squad members -- each of whom has their own distinct character -- and buy and outfit your squids with new gear, leveling up characters is anticlimactic. Huge investments of hard-earned pearls often result in small increases to crucial stats, like health. While it's a peculiar game that could have done with a bit more time in the oven, the creative action goes a long way toward recommending it. Turn-based strategy fans who give it a chance will undoubtedly have a fine time.

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