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So An Octopus and A Sub Walk Into A Maze: A preview of Octocopter: Super Sub Squid Escape

Thomas Hopper is an indie developer for the Wii U (and other systems). He created a really good puzzle adventure game called Factotum for the Wii U. I liked it a lot. I thought his second game was a mixed bag, but still considered him to be an excellent developer for the Wii U. And now Thomas has another game for the system: Octocopter: Super Sub Squid Escape. He gave me a review copy of the game and I’ve been playing it. The review isn’t ready yet, but I thought I’d give you a preview of my thoughts so far.


Octocopter has a strange and very unique setup. An Octopus latches onto a submarine and both of them start to spin out of control. They end up deep under water, lost, and spinning like crazy. This is all setup with a nice little cutscene with voice narration. Then, the player is sent off to the game’s level select.

Octocopter has worlds and within each world are levels that the player’s go into via a simple and easy to navigate level select. Each level in the worlds is basically a maze that the player has to get through. The mazes start out simple and quickly get hard. Your sub/octopus is constantly spinning and you have to avoid hitting anything. You’ll only have three hearts, so you can only get hit three times. The game offers no tutorials for the game’s controls and no hints as to how to navigate the mazes. I definitely do think a tutorial was needed for this game. I’m also not a fan of how the difficulty quickly gets hard eitehr.

I think Octocopter needed to take its time more. Tutorials and easier world 1 levels would help. But as I said in the beginning, Octocopter is a strange and unique game. I like the concept and I think this is a game that some people will enjoy a lot. I do like what I’ve played with this game so far, even though I am struggling with one of the early levels currently. Octocopter was not a thrown together game. Just like Factotum, it looks like Thomas Hopper put a lot of thought and planning into each level and the game’s controls.

In my full review, I’ll talk about the game’s graphics, sound, and how I feel about the game overall. Please keep a look out for this review coming as soon as possible to!

Octocopter: Super Sub Squid Escape is currently available on the Wii U eshop.


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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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