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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJun 19, 2020
PlayStation 4Jun 19, 2020
Xbox OneJun 17, 2020

Developer: Pixelteriyaki

Publisher: Ratalaika Games

Genres: Action, Music, Arcade

A young squid has been cursed! Now it’s up to you to lift the curse by reaching the depths of the sea with plenty of coins at the end! Explore deep sea floors while taking care of your enemies by utilizing the power of the siren song! Shoot your enemies with projectiles to the beat of the music, watch out not to get hit by your own shot! For extra challenge, try to bounce off your shots to the wall in order to hit enemies! Features: - Explore 24 different levels of the sea - Beautiful monochrome pixel art graphics - Change the pixel art colours to suit your visual preferences! - Listen to some snazzy chiptune beats

Radio Squid Critic Reviews

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Radio Squid has varying moments of charm with its monochrome look and fun chiptune soundtrack. But, sadly, it falls short due to a beat-based shooting mechanic that continually works against you and feels half-baked.

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Watching online playthroughs made me realize that other players were equivalently struggling. Admittedly, this made me feel a little less bad about my own failings. Seeing those players reinforced the two cores issues I have with Radio Squid. Coins as currency and lives combined with unforgiving gameplay that harshly penalizes the player for failing and lacking swiftier reflexes don’t form an experience worth investing in. All in all, I don’t think Radio Squid is truly an adorable lost cephalopod. There’s evident potential for fun here. Albeit with some significant tweaks to how the game plays and is overall constructed. If Radio Squid altered the item drop rate, made Upgrades available more often, and didn’t punish the player ludicrously severely for dying, this game could be something special.

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Simplicity, originality and friendliness do not guarantee quality. But in Radio Squid if they help to get it. Huge accessibility, a fun and funky game system, a fun and horny look, and one of those games that can absorb you without realizing it. Maybe with a few tweaks the abduction would last longer, but what it takes to dodge your own bullets and turn them into coins will be pure and direct fun.

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Radio Squid is a game with conflicting ideas that makes it partially enjoyable but equally just as frustrating. The bomb power is useful and a feature that feels fair and challenging whereas the ability to hurt yourself just feels the opposite. The claustrophobic arenas make the trek to reach the note to start your attack all the more pointlessly dangerous, meaning you will likely take cheap hits before you even start attacking yourself. Then, the wall wraps mean you have way too many things to keep track of, including your own projectiles. It all adds up to an experience that feels unfair and a bit bland.

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