Good news and bad news, folks. The good news is Tentacles: Enter the Mind, a game that has been on Windows 8.1 for some time is also on Windows Phone. Even better, the game is an Xbox LIVE title with Leaderboards, Achievements, and Highscore. Because the game is a universal app, you also get one of the first instances of cloud saves and being able to continue your game on multiple devices. All of that is filed under 'awesome'.
The bad news is like the Windows 8.1 game, the Windows Phone variant, for some odd reason is region restricted. If we hazard a guess, Press Play and Microsoft are easing out this game to see how all of those cloud saves and newfangled universal features handle in the real world. In addition, they were also likely waiting for the Phone counterpart to launch to 'go big.'
Regarding the availability, all we know is Tentacles: Enter the Mind is not available in the US, but it is available in Denmark (where Press Play is headquartered, natch). Since the Store does not designate which regions, we leave the testing for availability up to you, so make sure you note your country in comments if you succeed. The game was announced back in May.
Back to the game itself, which you can see in the above trailer, you get the usual wacky mad-scientist story from the original Tentacles game:
Sounds good to us. The original Tentacles (review) became a slow-burning hit on Windows Phone, but it disappeared from Windows Phone 8 due to resolution-compatibility issues that so far are unresolved.
The official website touts the game for Windows 8 and it coming to "various Windows devices early summer 2014." It appears this new Tentacles is exclusive to Windows and Windows Phone initially, which is always a nice nod.
Try to your luck and download Tentacles: Enter the Mind for Windows and Windows Phone. The game is entirely free with optional in-app purchases. Thanks, Elan G., for the tip and Bharat for 512 MB testing!
We will, of course, report when the game goes global, which should be soon.
- Download Tentacles: Enter the Mind for Windows Phone 8 (region restricted)
- Download Tentacles: Enter the Mind for Windows 8.1 (region restricted)
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