'Squids' Developer Announces 'Combo Crew', an Upcoming Touch-friendly Beat 'em Up

Adria Ho
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The Game Bakers, after spending the past couple of years working on the excellent Squids and Squids Wild West  titles on the App Store, have finally announced their next project. It's called Combo Crew, and it's a classically-inspired arcade brawler like the Final Fights and Double Dragons I grew up with and love, but designed specifically with the touchscreen of mobile devices in mind. One of my favorite things about the Squids games is how natural the touch controls felt, so I'm very curious to see how the control scheme in Combo Crew pans out. You can see how it works in this first hands-on gameplay video from The Game Bakers.

While the gesture-based control scheme shown in this video certainly look interesting, it always comes down to how well they actually work in practice. I won't really know how I feel about them until I can get my hands the game, but I'm optimistic for sure. At the very least it's nice to see a beat 'em up without a ton of buttons plastered all over the screen. What I can say I like for sure is the visual style and fluidity on display in Combo Crew.

Another very interesting tidbit revealed by The Game Bakers is the inclusion of asynchronous play, where when you die in the game one of your online buddies will be able to jump in and take over where you left off. Sounds different, and kind of cool. Online play will be cross-platform across iOS and Android, and will include a form of more traditional co-op as well. Combo Crew is slated for sometime this spring, and I'm really excited to check it out.

Metioned Apps:

 

Squids Squids
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

 

 

Squids Wild West Squids Wild West
SQUIDS Wild West has a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of heroes for challenging turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimp! This sequel is even better than the original, with many surprises in store: devious new enemies, four new playable characters, and nearly twice as many levels. You can even ride seahorses into battle!

 

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