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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Beta no longer. Announcing the release of Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! Squid Harder v1.0. Full list of changes, downloads and screenshots are merely a click away.

Posted by RobF on Jun 5th, 2009

With great thanks to everyone who tried and tested the beta and supported the game during its creation, I'm proud to announce that SYNSO: Squid Harder v1.0 is now complete and ready to download. The feedback I received helped shape what turned into v1.0 and all of it proved invaluable. I thank you all. You're great. Rather than expend energy on extra levels, given the game was already feeling pretty complete I opted to settle with just the 4. Tidied up a few loose ends, tightened up some stuff including the scoring, new accessibility stuff and a new enemy to change the dynamic of play a tad.

Naturally, it's not over yet and after a small break, I'll be revisiting this and adding some new content along the way but for now, it's complete and ready to go. Enjoy!


SYNSO:Squid Harder [cc] SYNSO:Squid Harder V1.0 Screenshots SYNSO:Squid Harder V1.0 Screenshots SYNSO:Squid Harder V1.0 Screenshots

So, some new stuff, some old stuff, some changed stuff. What's different in v1.0?

Changes since the beta version:

  • Changes in scoring: The faster you shoot an enemy, the higher the score. Clear them off before they score low points.
  • Backgrounds: New background images. Can be turned on/off in the options screen.
  • New title sequence and game end. Just a little bit flashier.
  • New enemy: The chaser. Rides the edges of the screen bringing death and destruction to anyone it touches. Ok, it's just a blob but it doesn't hurt to make it sound grandiose. Does not appear in practice mode.
  • More Motion Blur Options: From none to silliest.
  • Closed Captions: On screen display of audio cues.
  • Various misc. bugfixes. Lots. And lots.

Stuff that didn't make the cut in the end:

  • Extra levels. Sorry. Ran out of ideas and the will to live.
  • Alternate controls. Tried. Didn't work. Broke the game design. So no go.
  • Colour blindness support. Broke at the last minute. Took it out. Will patch in at a later date after a small break.
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Ynkyr Jun 5 2009 says:

Great! Nice work man. Downloading...

Have you ever thought about a level where random waves of enemies occur? I mean you define lots of waves and they occur in a random order.

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Lez Jun 5 2009 says:


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RobF Jun 5 2009 says:

:D Ta chaps!

DeathLink, aye, that was my intention for the now not anywhere outside of my head World 5, but I couldn't get it to fit well with the rest of the game without sticking out like a sore thumb.

Perhaps I'm just too fussy on these things. Dunno!

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ebol4 Jun 5 2009 replied:

The game is so crazy already its like a whole jumble of sore fingers and toes. Might as well put it in lol.

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ninjadave Jun 6 2009 says:

I'll check this out, it looks interesting.

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myles Jun 6 2009 says:

Perfect Eye Sex

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Dunkelschwamm Jun 7 2009 says:

My eyes were raped, and that's not a bad thing.

Great style, I loved it. Good work :D

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Stubby Jun 7 2009 says:

my eye's were also raped.

it hurt so good.

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Shnooter Jun 10 2009 says:

Only one way to describe this game.... Space Invaders on acid!

Awesome game so much fun and old school is brilliant!

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RobF Author
RobF Jun 10 2009 says:

Glad folks are enjoying it :)

Cheers for the kind words and support.

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