So that’s what a “nudibranch” is!
From the minds that brought you Towelfight 2: The Monocle of Destiny comes Quadropus Rampage, a bizarre, vaguely Rogue-like brawler starring a four-limbed cephalopod with a penchant for hitting things.
Quadropus Rampage is hard to describe, which may not come as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with Towelfight 2, the previous release from indie studio Butterscotch Shenanigans. It’s a multi-level action game in which you play as a four-limbed octopus – a “quadropus” – who must battle through multiple levels of randomly-generated undersea mayhem.
Despite the aquatic nature of the game, your primary weapon is actually a club – or more accurately, a collection of findable clubs ranging from Poseidon-esque tridents to golf clubs, tennis rackets, electric guitars and more – that you can use to poke at enemies or swing around you in a great, looping arc.
Those enemies are a similarly oddball bunch that includes obese hammerhead sharks, bug-eyed beam-shooting angler fish, nudibranches (which according to Wikipedia are actually not naked plants) and various other sorts of strange sea-dwelling life. Levels are small, randomly-generated, right-angled and function as floating platforms. While portals to the next level down open once all enemies are dispatched, it’s also possible (and sometimes quite easy) to either fall off the edge or through a hole in the ground: resulting in an immediate and damaging trip to the next level down.
Combat skills like a slam attack and a high-speed dodge make the battle a little easier, as do upgradable attributes and “masteries” that confer special abilities for completing a hefty list of achievements. There are even collectible artifacts that provide unique boosts, and each new weapon you find will have its own individual set of characteristics, improving some skills and abilities but also possibly weakening others.
The game’s fiction hasn’t been fully implemented yet, but it promises to serve up more of the oddball humor that made Towelfight 2 such a delight. In fact, the two games share a common setting, and at least a couple of familiar names from Towelfight get dropped in Quadropus Rampage.
Quadropus Rampage is still in development, but so far I very much like what I see. Even in this incomplete state it’s a lot of silly fun, so I have very high hopes for the final product. Look for it to arrive on iOS and Android devices in June.