App Apes Verdict
- Graphics - 10/1010/10
- Gameplay - 6/106/10
- Replay Value - 8/108/10
- Originality - 8/108/10
With an oddly catchy name and top-notch illustrations, Pop Squishy is a sensory experience that many indie developers can only hope to achieve.
The animations and cute art style of Pop Squishy are beautifully done. From the noodle armed, head-inflating, pink octopus hero, Squishy, to the happy looking collectible jellyfish, to the grumpy walruses, to the spinning horn narwhal that helps the octopus, Squishy, travel from level to level, every aspect of the Pop Squishy world is well design and appealing to the eye. The music is a great addition to the game as well, and with the combination of the audio and the visuals, Pop Squishy creates an enjoyable. immersive experience.
The game play is simply a well skinned platformer, but with unique characters the game is really set apart from other platformers. The walruses react by smiling when liberated from the bad bugs, the narwhal spins his horn, and Squishy does all kinds of tricks. The biggest issue with Pop Squishy is its counter-intuitive controls. While perhaps indicative of a fish (octopus) out of water, the strange style of controls in not necessarily fun. Squishy the octopus simply jumps for the middle of the screen, and unless he has stopped bouncing, or the player chooses to have him float with a walrus bubble, the player has little control of the character. Even when players finally get the hang of the controls, and stop feeling overwhelmed, like they need eight arms to be successful, there is little satisfaction to be had, and much frustration while learning. The first levels provides a line in the middle of the screen to help guide squishy, but not being in charge of anything but general trajectory can grow frustrating. The game seems to be aimed at children more so than adults, and this makes the counter-intuitive controls an even bigger problem. All in all, the game play can be fun, and the animations make up for the controls somewhat, but given the short timers, there will be a lot of failed levels.
With forty current levels and more promised levels to come, there is good replay value in Pop Squishy. Plus, considering how challenging it is, those with the patience to strive for level completion will have to take plenty of hours to do so. Overall, Pop Squishy is an excellently illustrated game, with some lackluster controls, and with a few tweaks, or the right specific audience, may be considered near perfect.
Walrus are, by nature, grumpy balls of flab. Or are they? Maybe they’re just really annoyed at all the nasty bugs biting their big blubbery backs! Help Squishy, a small bouncy pink squid, smash all the bugs, cheer up the Walrus & collect all the Golden Jellies in this fun & challenging platform adventure! ..Oh and there’s totally a rad Narwhal!
- 40 increasingly challenging levels!
- Cute & hilarious character animations.
- Bounce, tickle and float like a balloon.
- Fantastic new environments coming soon!
- Quirky original music by Patrick Rundblad.