Radio Squid from Ratalaika Games and Pixelteritaki is a fun monochromatic indie twin-stick shooter thing. Learn more about it in our Radio Squid review!
Radio Squid is the latest release from Ratalaika Games and indie Pixelteriyaki to land on consoles. I previously got a chance to review puzzle game Mochi Mochi Boy and fast-paced vertical rhythm-based puzzle shooter Super Weekend Mode along with Ceidz, and since I had fun playing both of them, I was definitely up for reviewing Radio Squid! The first thing that caught my attention was the game’s minimalist monochrome art style, with a color palette you can change a bit to customize your experience.
Your adventure will begin at Ink & Shell Ltd., where you are taking a nap inside of a clam. One of your employees wakes you up, saying that they have found something important. What is this, you ask? Well, it’s the Siren’s Song! This is important because your squid is actually cursed, which is why it sets out to complete the 24 stages ahead, in order to break the curse. So off you go on an adventure to try and collect it as you move through each screen in your path, learning some new tricks along the way! It turns out that you can travel around from one side of the screen to the opposite side, which will help you progress through each stage.
The game has different control options for you to use, but I found that moving the quid with the left analog stick and shooting with the right one while using bombs with the R1 button to clear out any bullets on the screen – which will turn into coins – and using the X button for actions, was the best option for this one. The one thing you need to watch out for and keep in mind is that the bullets that you shoot will end up bouncing back when they hit the walls, and if they hit your squid, it will receive some damage.
As you go from screen to screen, you will find bubbles with a musical note will allow you to shoot. Once you start shooting, you can’t stop. Defeat all enemies in the room to clear the room and to stop shooting so that you can collect some coins and items. Keep an eye out for healing potions, which will allow you to recover some of your lost health. If you lose all of your health, you’ll be able to revive yourself by spending some of your hard-earned coins, so be sure to always collect as many as you can!
This is especially important during boss fights since bosses will shoot at you a lot, but you can use this to your advantage so that you can earn some extra coins to keep going. Bosses pose a big challenge since you won’t have much time to learn their movement and attack patterns before a boss completely destroys you. Coins can also be used after beating a boss to buy a refill for your power bomb bar, a bubble shield that protects you from two hits, an attack boost for when you have full health, a boost for how many coins you earn when defeating an enemy, or some sushi to fully restore your health.
We’ve come to expect a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita releases from Ratalaika Games, and I’m here to report that this is also the case for Radio Squid! You’ll be asked to defeat the bosses for the first, second, and third floors in the game, use bombs to clear bullets from the screen a total of five times, defeat 20 enemies in total, to have least 50 coins on you at the same time, collect five items that are not coins, and to wrap around a stage ten times. Depending on your skill level, you’ll be able to add a new Platinum trophy to your collection in 30-60 minutes or so.
I liked the look and feel of Radio Squid, as well as the overall premise and gameplay mechanics. It has a minimalist look easy to understand gameplay, a solid chiptune soundtrack, a Platinum trophy, as well as a low budget price of only $4.99, which is why it’s an easy one to recommend on PlayStation 4.
This Radio Squid review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.