The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character is an upgraded version of Dakko Dakko’s PSP mini game which was released in mid 2011. It’s a simple colourful looking puzzle game where each level is against the clock. You play as a bright orange rotating octopus that’s just been tangoed. Tricky to control at first, you need to pick up smaller baby octopus’ to open up the next levels. Each level is divided up into stages and all have different themes. Once you think you are about to move on to the next level a rain of more baby octopus’ fall from the sky. Luckily though, there is a handy gauge on screen showing how many more are needed for you to collect. In addition there are also pop up arrows that help show where the next babies are hiding.
First off the controls make this game different to others as jumping and reverse turning are the key to mastering each level. Frustrating at times, your rotating octopus is on a mission without brakes so it’s constant, non-stop, slippy action all the way. A tap on the left shoulder trigger sees him squeak and change direction, helping you avoid obstacles that could turn you into calamari. I hope you like calamari because this game is hard. In later levels jumping from platforms, buses and avoiding police gun fire really make Rotating Octopus a challenge. Restarting each stage after being bowler hatted or eaten is somewhat of a pain in the tactical also.
If you’re planning on bagging the trophies on offer then you’re going to have to put in the playing time. Nearly all the trophies involve clearing each stage without changing direction and that’s pretty hard. There are 9 bronze , 3 silver and one gold on offer.
The happy soundtrack adds to making this a game a jolly, fun affair until the timer countdown kicks in.
Since Ripstone raised the bar with Men’s Room Mayhem, other budget games need to take note. The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character certainly does deliver a fun cheap puzzle game, but is sometimes frustrating and may leave you in a spin.
Lizard rating 7/10
Publisher/Developer: Dakko Dakko Ltd
Release Date: 29th May 2013