Tentacle Wars HD Review
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Tentacle Wars HD Review

Our Review by Kevin Stout on April 27th, 2012
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TENTACULAR
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Tentacle Wars HD is an RTS puzzle game where cells battle.

Developer: FDG Entertainment
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad (third generation)

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Tentacle Wars HD is sort of a mix between a real-time strategy game (RTS) and a puzzle game. Players control cells in an organism and fight off other cells. Tentacle Wars HD was fun for a bit but my interest trailed off as the game went on.

The game reminds me quite a bit of Galcon Fusion which was originally one of my favorite games on the iPad. The gameplay is similar. Instead of sending ships between planets, the player launches their tentacles at other cells. The cells gain power just like the planets gained ships and sending out a tentacle is nearly identical to sending out ships. The difference in Tentacle Wars HD is that there are some more complicated commands to give the cells and tentacles. Depending on where players “cut” the tentacles, the power is distributed accordingly. The tentacles retract back to the cells they’re connected to.

The game gets quite interesting when the purple cells are introduced. The AI in the purple cells (team?) is much better than the red and blue teams. While the levels themselves start to become significantly more difficult, the enemies are tougher too.

The music wasn’t great or horrible. But the music on the title screen sounded vaguely familiar the entire time I played the game until I figured out what it sounded like. It sounds like a sci-fi spin-off of the music played on Deal or No Deal when the player is waiting for the bank to give an offer.

I waited for minutes and couldn’t seem to get a multiplayer game going. There probably aren’t enough players currently using the game to play multiplayer yet.

While incredibly similar to a favorite of mine, Tentacle Wars HD simply wasn’t quite as fun. I enjoyed the first set of levels, but, after a while, I just got bored. Tentacle Wars HD is definitely worth checking out for fans of puzzles and RTS games. But it may not be worth that $2.99 for some.


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