Destructopus: Total Rampage! Review
- Publisher: GIGATAUR CORPORATION
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 3 May, 2011
- Size: 20.4 MB
- Price: $1.99
- Rampage-inspired giant-monster mayhem gameplay.
- Pick-up and play simplicity; clever virtual-pad and location based touching.
- Unlockable powers and upgrades; including IAP alternate characters and abilities.
- Charming retro-inspired style; appropriately grinding music soundtrack.
- Stiff responses; everything takes a fraction too long to respond - appropriate for a giant monster, bad for split-second reaction gaming.
- Limited replay value; little motivation to keep playing once you're done.
If you have a penchant for destruction and you enjoy the idea of a giant monster rampaging through a city all in the name of environmentalism, you'll get a kick out of Destructopus; just be aware he's as slow as he is big and that can lead to some frustrating moments.
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There's something about giant monsters and explosive weaponry that just feels right - maybe it's just the whole Horror B-Movie aspect of it all, but I think everyone's inclined to imagine thrashing about causing wanton destruction now and then. Destructopus by GlitchSoft tries to put a positive spin on the actions of the giant be-tentacled behemoth wreaking havoc across the countryside as you attempt to crush the humans who would exploit the endangered species of the planet.
It may be a soft motivation, but it's reason enough to start barreling your way through cities destroying everything in your path. Your ultimate goal is to survive each level, destroying what you can and freeing trapped animals at the end, though this is easier said than done. The controls may be easy to learn, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired as players fight against the ponderous nature of the giant creature they're controlling. While it's realistic to have each swing, bite, step or crouch take time to complete, it leaves little room for reacting accordingly to the plethora of incoming projectiles. Earlier on this isn't so much of a problem, but later levels start to punish you for not having pre-emptive reflexes to keep your giant creature alive.
All is not lost though and the mindless Rampage-like gameplay is further accentuated by its simple cartoonish style and retro-MIDI grind music reminiscent of titles like the original Doom. Upgrades can be purchased between levels, with further weapons and upgrade levels unlocking as you progress in the game. Special weapons and a second playable character are also available, though these will cost extra. There's not a huge amount of levels available and unless you're pedantic the replay value is limited to gaining '3 stars' on levels (which is much easier once you're upgraded), but updates have added more levels, hopefully with more to come later on.
If you can forgive the clunky gameplay, Destructopus can be great way to de-stress as you blast your way through buildings and high-tech weaponry in this environmentally motivated quest.
DescriptionJourney as the Destructopus to the Frozen Arctic to protect endangered animals and punish nasty polluters!
You asked and GitchSoft delivers! The Total rampage update is loaded with new content: Game Center w achievements, 12 new levels, 2 new worlds, new monsters, new upgrades, new controls, more physics, and new puzzles! See below for more info.
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"Destructopus brings out the rampaging sea monster in you!" - Kotaku
"A fun homage to 16-bit beat em ups!" 4/5 148Apps
"This is a promising side-scrolling "destruct-em-up" with an environmental 16-bit vibe. " - Destructoid
"Causing a huge amount of destruction is very satisfying!" - Touch Arcade
"Our favorite part of this game so far is the colorful graphical style. Wide-eyed and full of jagged teeth, Destructopus is adorably terrifying." - Slide To Play
"The game is awesome. It doesn’t release until May 3, but if you like mobile gaming, mark that day on the calendar and get this game." - Adrenaline Vault
"GlitchSoft has done a great job coming up with Destructopus, and I highly recommend it with a 4.5 over 5 rating." - Nine Over Ten
THE DESTRUCTOPUS HAS BEEN AWOKEN
Normally a peaceful creature, the Destructopus can spend centuries slumbering at the bottom of the ocean. After being rudely awoken by greedy oil hungry industrialists, the Destructopus surfaces to find a polluted and dying world. Overtaken by rage and longing for the green earth it once knew, IT SEEKS ONLY REVENGE!
UNLEASH TOTAL DESTRUCTION
Control the Destructopus as you level entire cities, battle massive bosses, and take on armies of enemy attackers! Deal out the destruction with your smashing claws, vicious chomp, and blasting laser eye. Upgrade and attain new powers to defeat the polluters!
BATTLE MASSIVE BOSSES
Master your attacks and face off against massive bosses. Each with their own weakness, you must utilize your Destructopus attacks wisely to defeat them and save the endangered animals!
◆ Explosive physics based arcade action
◆ Even more rewarding attack combos, juggling, and multipliers
◆ New unlockable and upgradeable powers and characters - no purchase necessary!
◆ Smashing soundtrack
◆ 4 unique terrains to rampage plus 2 new terrains in the total rampage update!
◆ 25 enemy types to defeat
◆ Totally new entities and challenging puzzles
◆ Multiple destructive attacks including the new spread laser!
◆ Completely polished pick up and play controls
What's New in Version 1.2.2- fixed crashing on some devices
- reduced size of application
- fixed issue with more games popup dialog when entering world map
- Tuned destruction scores: Remember getting a high combo will give you more destruction points!