After some deep-sea drilling goes a little too deep, Destructopus is unleashed on the world of men, and he’s not pleased by what he sees. The industrialisation of man has spread too far and certain species have become endangered encouraging Destructopus to go on a rampage, tearing apart cities and freeing captured animals in his wake of carnage.
Destructopus is very similar in design to Rampage. You tear through cities, destroying buildings and repelling attackers, and it’s just as cathartic as its 8bit muse. However, the premise sets it apart quite significantly. Whilst it’s certainly a lot of fun, there’s an obvious message of environment preservation. It does become a little preachy as you progress but it doesn’t distract from the overall enjoyment.
As you progress further inland destroying everything in your path, more military hardware is thrown at you, increasing the challenge at a sharp difficulty curve. After a quick trip to the store, however, where you can spend your points on new and enhanced abilities, you’ll be ready to take on the biggest and baddest of foes.
The premise doesn’t get any more complicated than that and the setup is just simple and well implemented. You can swipe at lower targets with your tentacles by touching the lower right half of you touch screen, bite by touching the top right, and by pressing and holding the top right you charge up and fire an energy bolt. Each attack is suitable for different targets, and despite the frantic action you’ll be ripping cities, helicopters and tanks apart like a pro, as civilians tremble in fear.
Destructopus keeps you grinning as your evil – but environmentally aware - destructive side gets to run riot and the challenge and sheer number of levels, which sport decent variety and a great cartoon-esque exaggeration and aesthetic, can keep you amused for some time. Sure, it lacks the same addictive quality as many other iOS titles, mainly due to slight repetition, but it’s undoubtedly fun.
MLG Rating: 8/10
Platform: iOS Release Date: 03/05/11
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Destructopus for review purposes by the promoter. The title was reviewed over the course of two weeks on an iPhone. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.