Prepare for a trip into the fantastical and bizarre in the unique and mind-bending game Tentacles: Enter the Mind. It's a new take on the popular Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin cross-platform game, albeit with a different core developer but the same characters.
Inside the mind of a madman
Tentacles: Enter the Mind allows you to delve into the insane mind of Dr Phluff as you gorge on eyeballs to move up through the levels, the names of which include Ego, Paranoia, Libido, and Hysteria. So you can tell what kind of mind Dr Phluff has. You play Lemmy the tentacle, as you negotiate him through the levels collecting coins and eggs until he reaches the safety of the brain. As you collect the coins and eggs you can upgrade your powers and improve your health so you die more slowly.
The concept is what makes Tentacles: Enter the Mind stand out. It's really well thought out and imaginative, and with the level of detail in the game, it could be a movie storyboard. When I started playing Tentacles: Enter the Mind, I wasn't blown away by the gameplay but I did grow to like it as it introduced more features and complexity. Still, it's not the most interesting game you'll ever play in your life.
Stretching your legs
The controls work so well in Tentacles: Enter the Mind it almost feels like you're watching a demo or the game is automated. Tap to go from place to place and do some more tapping to eat your eyeballs. Sometimes you can't reach the next platform or you sink into something and get stuck, but that's all part of the fun.
In Tentacles: Enter the Mind, the music is pretty trippy but fun. The 3D graphics are stunning. The colors are bright and clear and all the bizarre objects are very well defined. It feels like a mix between Alice and Wonderland and some really weird dream you've had after eating too much cheese.
Style over substance?
I think the "this has been developed first for Windows Phone before Android/iPhone" aspect and the lack of games on the Windows Phone Store compared to Google Play or the App Store has raised the average user review for Tentacles: Enter the Mind. On one hand, it's great to have a new game that isn't a clone of something that was only average to start with and it is original. On the other, it's a touch boring and repetitive.
Overall, it probably is the most unique and well-made game on the Windows Phone store and one any Windows Phone user should definitely try. If you look at the games available across all platforms, Tentacles: Enter the Mind can compete on design and concept, just not on gameplay.