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Platform games seem to have hit their stride on Android. With typical mascot-style fare like Sonic, Rayman, and Cordy, not to mention unconventional games like Bravoman, Gentlemen, and a handful of OrangePixel titles, platformer fans are spoiled for choice. Add one more game to the list, The Secret of Space Octopuses, a tongue-in-cheek game that takes inspiration from Metroid and adds in a few creative touches.

The gist is that you're an adorable alien abductee who's able to build his own helper robot in a cave, with a box of scraps. You then clomp through a collection of 2.5D stages trying to escape, though the focus is more on exploration than combat. The hook is the "box" system, a series of power-ups that let the player place boxes on the stages to various effects. Your robot can collect different materials from the stage to manufacture boxes. Different boxes perform different objectives: you can use them for blocking, jumping, and of course, exploding.

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Going mano-a-mollusk against the octopus aliens will cause them to gang up on you in greater numbers, but if you can sneak past or otherwise avoid them you'll have an easier time of it. Graphics and presentation are impressive for an indie developer, and The Secret of Space Octopuses includes a fair amount of story and physics-based puzzles if that's your thing. The game is a reasonable $2.54 on the Play Store.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Bluewall

    Name of the game sounds like a bad japanese porno movie lmao

  • Fabian Pineda

    Wait a minute... The game will be available for Android, iOS, OSX, Windows, Windows Phone AND Linux? But but! Fragmentation! Bugs! Nightmares!

    If this is indeed true, then these guys are showing people around that it isn't as difficult as it's made out to look, to push out a game in multiple platforms.

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    • Matthew Fry

      I wonder if it's a Unity cross-compile. I've heard varying levels of success with multi-platform Unity releases.

  • Amer Khaznadar

    I'll have to check this later. Even if it didn't already look interesting, that Scott Pilgrim reference in the second screenshot is enough to get my attention.

    • Matthew Fry

      Did not notice that. Nice catch.

  • Your Mother

    Good graphics, nice sound, almost good controls, a little buggy...

    Worth the price.