Squids with guns! Pink Robots! Devils from the 4th dimension! Shopping Trolleys and Lasers. When 4 worlds collide, only SYNSO (he's a squid, not an octopus!) can save the day. Psychedelic arena shooter action with visual and aural overload. Just the way sir likes it. Critically acclaimed and star of the Eurogamer Expo 2009 Indie Games Arcade, Squid Harder is an arena shooter like no other.

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News from one of the most explosive games on ModDB!

Posted by stenchy on Aug 23rd, 2009

If rainbows could explode I'd bet they would look something like this:

SYNSO:Squid Harder V1.0 Screenshots

Squid Yes, Not So Octopus: Squid Harder is a game that hard to contain in just images or even video. It's one of those games that has just has to be played live, right in front of your eyes, to take in all of its epileptic frenzy. This video on the left comes closer to capture the excitement, but still doesn't quite do the trick.

The game itself is an arena-based SHMUP that delivers bite-sized sessions with instant and consistent gratification. It's easy to pick up and play, making it a perfect time filler (or palate cleanser) in-between larger games, and the hectic pace entertains with many WTF moments — your screen so jam-packed with eye-popping visuals that you don't even know how you survived.

The big news here though is that the space-faring squid could be headed to the XBox sometime soon, here's some work in progress media:

SYNSO XBox Preview SYNSO XBox Preview SYNSO XBox Preview SYNSO XBox Preview

These new shots boast some new (temporary?) art, but the same zany OMGWTF screen-filled-with-exploding-rainbows moments. Of course, you can check out SYNSO: Squid Harder now on the PC before all your console friends can even get their hands on it!

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P4TRICK Aug 23 2009, 11:00am says:

When is this comin for xbox :o?!

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RobF Creator
RobF Aug 23 2009, 1:41pm replied:

Shouldn't be too long now. We've had a few hold ups with life getting in the way but it's coming along nicely.

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4CH! Aug 23 2009, 12:56pm says:

Nice and flashing bright colors, Im gonna try this for sure !!!

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Lez Aug 23 2009, 6:01pm says:


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Noremakk Aug 30 2009, 4:39am replied:


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dafatcat Aug 23 2009, 6:58pm says:

It's like Geometry Wars on crack!

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dill1233 Aug 23 2009, 9:09pm says:

WOW!!! This looks like crazy intense junk that only the brave at heart and completely stupid can survive! Looks like something I'm willing to take a shot at. By the way, how did Rob manage to get a Game Maker game on the XBox 360?

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RobF Creator
RobF Aug 23 2009, 9:31pm replied:

I didn't :D

The original is done in GM and then ported by the uber talented Andy Noble. Aside from the doodling and the original design work, it's pretty much his baby and he's actually made the game a lot better than I could have. Which y'know, I'm rather chuffed about as it now looks like the game in my head instead of what I splurted out originally.

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SAHChandler Aug 23 2009, 11:07pm says:

Whatever you do dude, just make sure you put a "SEIZURE" warning before people can even download the game. For legal reasons.

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