Extinction Squad fades fast

Spoiler alert! Extinction Squad costs little, and offers plenty of action. Think of it as Breakout with animals, only you don’t break bricks. Animals do die, however. Three Stars.

Extinction Squad isn’t the best game Apple selected for App of the Week, but it doesn’t suck. If this seems like faint praise, I feel it’s appropriate to the game.

The game format is familiar, a variation on a variation of the classic Breakout, which challenges you to catch items before they hit the ground. The twist in Extinction Squad, however, is that the paddle/box is a trampoline and you have to bounce animals into the safety net. Sometimes you have to bounce them more than once, while still trying to position the trampoline under other animals.

Extinction Squad is a variation of Breakout. Instead of a paddle, you position the trampoline to bounce the animals to safety. You can play levels in two locations before you have to buy coins and gadgets from the game store.

As you might expect, each level becomes more difficult. You have to catch more animals, they fall faster and in increasingly distant locations. The more animals you save without dropping any to their deaths the more points you score. When animals drop, they splat graphically on the ground with disgustingly gruesome graphics.

The splat graphics alone indicate Extinction Squad is mainly a game for teen and pre-teen boys who still like to smell farts and make jokes about vomit and other bodily discharge. A couple of years ago I railed on a similar game about cats for its graphic depiction of kitty demise, and this game is almost as gruesome. But the overall design and artwork are good enough to make the dying a little more palatable.

The ultimate demise of creatures you miss is fairly graphic. I can’t see girls who like Care Bears or My Pretty Pony spending much time with Extinction Squad. Think pre-teen boys who still like to gross out girls and think it’s sexy. Although, I know guys like that in their twenties, so maybe the demographic is slightly broader.

You also have to dodge bombs, which stop the game instantly if they hit you. In addition, you can catch shields, animal magnets, coins and even spins on the wheel of fortune. The game comes with two locations unlocked, Africa and the Amazon, but additional levels (with higher scores) require hundreds of coins. Unfortunately, the game is stingy with coins.

You can pick up two or three coins a level, but it costs nine coins to restart the game after a bomb. My advice is not to bother.

So how do you earn coins? (Do you really need to ask?) You buy them n the game’s shop, along with just about every other gadget and gimmick. As you might expect, this can quickly take the game from a dollar game to a game you might buy for thirty or forty dollars at a video store.

Jenny Manytoes rates Extinction Squad

Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to Extinction Squad. It’s the kind of game she can knock around for a while before she moves on to something challenging.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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