Review: The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character
Dakko Dakko has made some great games for the Minis platform, and now they are converting them to run natively on the PlayStation Vita. The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character is the first, and brings along new graphics and a whole set of trophies. But is that enough that you should buy it a second time?
The game starts you off with a short cut-scene wherein a missile lands in the ocean, and all of your octopus babies are scattered across the world. It is now your job as the “octopus character” to go and rescue all of the babies. You do this by visiting these places, and using two simple buttons to control your character. The X button (or the right trigger) is used to jump, and the square button (or left trigger) to flip your octopus. Your octopus will move automatically for you, so you don’t need to worry about that. The controls stay very simple, and make the game easy to pick up and play.
Despite the game’s cheery graphics and simple design, The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character can become quite difficult in its later levels. Not the kind of rewarding difficult, the frustrating difficult. Some levels took me tons of tries, and had me yelling at the little screen in my hands. There were either too many enemies or that the platforming required way too much precision. This is not a huge problem, but the difficulty spikes in some of the levels might discourage some players from playing through the game in its entirety.
The game packs a lot of content, and will keep you invested for a fair amount of time. There are two different modes, regular and challenge mode. While the layouts for levels are the same in both modes, in the challenge mode you do each level individually and are timed to collect all the babies. All of the worlds are distinctively different, with their own enemies, color palette, and some unique features. Even though they are different, the gameplay is all relatively the same. The jumping and flipping action will stay constant from the first level, all the way to the final stage. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I wish some new features would be introduced somewhere throughout the game.
The Vita port received a total visual overhaul, replacing the pixel art from the PSP version to fully HD-ified smooth graphics. They look great, and were beautifully converted to the Vita’s OLED screen. Along with that the game now has a trophy list, containing 13 pretty easy to obtain trophies.
Overall, The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character is a good port for the Vita, and a game you should pick up if you have not tried it before. Simple design, and fun platforming make the game fun to pick up and play when you have a little time. Even though it can get hard and kind of repetitive, it still is a fun experience you should check out if you are in the market for a little, good game.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes. For more info on our review policy click here. This review is for the PlayStation Vita version of the game.
What I Like:
- Simple controls.
- Lots of content.
- Graphical improvements.
What I Dislike:
- Can get repetitive.
- Difficulty spikes.