Factsheet

Developer:
THE GAME BAKERS
Based in Montpellier and around the world

Release date:
11 October, 2011

Platforms:
iOS
Android

Website:
facebook.com/squidsthegame

Regular Price:

USD$1.99
EUR€1.59
CAD$1.99
GBP£1.29

Description

SQUIDS is a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of heroes for epic turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimps! Steev, Vahine and the rest of the Squids are in danger! An infectious black ooze is corrupting their world. Only a few heroes can fight back and save their lush underwater kingdoms! Recruit a small army of stretchy Squids and lead them into turn-based battles against the dark hordes.

History

Like most ideas at Game Bakers, SQUIDS was born at the diner table. Emeric and Audrey were discussing their mutual passion for octopus, what incredible creatures they are and they realized how their tentacles would be a perfect fit to be stretched on a touch screen. Squids is often pitched as « Final Fantasy Tactics meets Angry Birds », because it’s easier, but the true initial references for Squids are Shining Force and Cannon Fodder: Shining Force for its great character design and T-RPG mechanics, and Cannon Fodder for the team-based tactical action.

Features

  • Grab Squids by the tentacles, then fling them across the battlefield
  • Mixes the best of iOS gaming with classic RPG elements
  • Recruit a unique team of Squids in four different classes: shooters, scouts, troopers and healers
  • Use strategy and skill to win turn-based battles, use the environment to your advantage
  • Customize your party with special ability-boosting helmets
  • Enjoy an epic story with giant turtle rides and heroic boss battles
  • The game is localized in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian

Videos

Launch Trailer YouTube


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (19MB)
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download logo files as .zip (4MB)
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Awards & Recognition

  • "EIGD Art Direction award" France, July 2012

Selected Articles

  • "The adorable spawn of Angry Birds and Final Fantasy Tactics."
    - Mike Thompson, The Escapist
  • "An RPG this perfect is rarely seen on the App Store. Squids enjoys a delightful presentation, intuitive and creative game mechanics seldom used in the genre, and way more content than the price range would suggest."
    - Sean Koch, iFanzine
  • "Squids is a fantastic game with a quality of visual presentation and level design that goes beyond the typical App Store entry."
    - Rob LeFebvre, 148Apps

Original Soundtrack
Available for free from Bandcamp thegamebakers.bandcamp.com.

Squids games - Guide book
Overviews of all missions in Squids, Squids Wild West and Squids Odyssey: objectives, secret star location and waves of ennemies thegamebakers.com.

Squids Origins and Design
Some of the design decisions behind SQUIDS thegamebakers.com.

Money and the App Store: A few figures that might help an indie developer
Considerations about the financial implication of making SQUIDS thegamebakers.com.

Squids prototype evolution
Video showing the visual evolution of SQUIDS from first prototype to final youtu.be.


About THE GAME BAKERS

Boilerplate
The Game Bakers is an independent video game studio founded by Emeric Thoa and Audrey Leprince. To sum it up they often say that they make games like they cook food: with a lot of love. They want to create that experience that players remember, that they will have fantasies about long after the game is finished, and that makes them feel alive and energized. The studio is based in Montpellier in France – right above a bakery – but they work as a "studio in the clouds" with a team of collaborators around the world.

More information
More information on THE GAME BAKERS, our logo & relevant media are available here.


SQUIDS Credits

Emeric Thoa
Creative Director, The Game Bakers

Audrey Leprince
Executive Producer, The Game Bakers

Nam Hoang
Technical Director, Programmer, The Game Bakers

Jerome Renéaume
Artistic Director, Freelancer

And many other amazing folks here:
Complete credits


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