Lightopus is a top-down arcade-style game that prides itself on being very pretty. In this game, you play as the last adult Lightopus, and it's up to you to save the young of your species from the monsters of the Abyss. You do this by zipping around the screen and dodging enemies as you collect your offspring, known as bulbies.

The description isn't lying when it says the game is system-intensive. The environments are almost psychedelic in their color palate. There are elaborate swimming organisms, flashy lighting effects, and even animated backgrounds. You maneuver around just by tapping, but combat is unique and very challenging. As you pick up bulbies, they follow you in a cloud. You have to steer around enemies so that your bulbies collide with them. Apparently the bulbies are fine with this.

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Lightopus is free to download, but has a fairly annoying ad at the bottom of the screen. Strangely, there is no in-app purchase to unlock the full version. All you can do is complete the special offers or collect in-game points the old fashioned way to unlock the ad-free version. Many of the offers are for free apps, so it's not that bad. I would still prefer to just buy the game, though.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Sounds like the first part of Spore

  • Appxplore Sdn Bhd

    Thanks for the review!

    Initially we wanted to offer a paid version just like the iOS, perhaps lower
    price at $1.99. Unfortunately we are not able to setup a merchant
    account with Google as Malaysia is currently not supported yet. So, we
    are not able to sell and collect payment from Google.


    Using Tapjoy offer-wall is the only option for us to offer the full version.

    Until Google supports Malaysia, we have no way to offer a paid version. We hope that explains it.

    Have fun with Lightopus!

    Appxplore Team

    • Himmat Singh

       Hi guys. Why not set up a company in Singapore, or go along and just publish it with Bulkypix? I think the game will have a lot of success as a paid game.

    • ScottColbert

      Thank you for the explanation; I wasn't going to d/l it because of the ad design, but now I will. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/jonbethea Jonathan Bethea

      no ICS support no support for landscape/tablets?

  • Stephen

    Would prefer a paid game to remove the annoying advert...

  • Jaxx89

    Looks a bit similar to the Glowfish game for PC but more difficult.

  • Matt

    BTW, it's palette as in color not the roof of your mouth. LOL!

  • friedgoldmole

    I unlocked the ad free version by installing the eBay app and some other free game from the free updates section, not too taxing.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Where did you get the plural "octopi" from? That would make sense if it was a Latin word.  Octopus, however, comes from the Greek (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus#Etymology_and_pluralization). 

  • Emil Vee

    Cool. Reminds me of a cross between Spirit HD and Osmos. Brings in beautiful visuals just like those two games as well! Seems like a keeper, to me. Wonder how the Nexus 7 will handle it?