Developer Butterscotch Shenanigans Publisher Butterscotch Shenanigans
Release Date June 6, 2013 (iOS, Android)
Quadropus Rampage is an endless brawler that will make your thumbs sore if you play too long, and that’s a good thing. You play as Tack the Quadropus who decides to bring Bingo, his pet starfish, along on his adventures. His goal is to dive 300 meters while fighting hordes of enemies in order to reach the evil villain (whose name is the hilariously simple “Pete”).
Your first weapon is a tennis racket, and as you kill more and more enemies they drop better weapons like swords, huge scissors, big nails, and so on. These weapons gradually get more powerful so that you can dispatch enemies all the more quickly. This is pretty much necessary, since the further you descend, the more enemies you must beat before you die or pass the level.
The controls are quite simple. Quadropus Rampage elects for a virtual analog stick. Unfortunately, it isn’t very intuitive. You will find yourself falling down levels because the movement isn’t very precise. On the right of the screen are several different attack buttons. Tack can swing his weapon, activate a super attack that requires a recharge after each usage, put up a shield, and use a dash/jump hybrid with plenty of ink spray.
The graphics are very nice and give a sense of depth as Tack dives further into the ocean. Animations are great as well; the Quadropus is very fluid as he fights, and even Bingo will surprise you as he attacks enemies every now and then. The enemies do get repetitive; as you progress the same enemies just get bigger, which indicates that they are harder to kill. This leads to some levels where you are fighting little versions and big versions of the same enemies, and it’s all rather unoriginal. However, when there are lots of enemy types it looks amazing, so you have to take the good with the bad.
The music and sound effects suit the game’s atmosphere. The music sounds like what you would hear under the ocean. The sound effects are great, reminiscent of the old quarter arcade games with “bloops,” and “bleeps”. I was immediately reminded of my youthful days, as I stood on my tiptoes trying to play the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game.
Since mobile games generally appeal to the casual gamer who doesn’t play for hours like the hardcore group, this game is perfect for its target audience. It’s a nice little niche game for the mother who’s waiting for her kids to get out of school or for the student waiting for the bus. However, the hardcore gamer could eat this game up as well with some reservations. It has 25 achievements, and the randomly generated levels will encourage a hardcore gamer to go to the depths to take out Pete.
+ Fluid graphics.
+ Gradual learning curve.
- Loose controls.
- Enemies lack variety.
On the Fence? Quadropus Rampage is a great way to kill some time while waiting for something, and is also is great fun if you are a completionist. Despite some of the control issues and lack of enemy originality, the game is extremely fun to play. For the hardcore gamer, this adventure will challenge you to get all the achievements, and for the casual gamer, it will make those gaps in your schedule fly by. So go ahead and jump into the briny deep.