The Spiral Scouts is brought to you by the guys that created Huniepop and Huniecam Studio via their affiliate studio / publisher Cantaloupe Kids. While their previous outings were focused largely on sexuality, The Spiral Scouts is their first safe-for-work title, however, you can debate this once you see the humor. Despite my previous experience with puzzle games being limited, I went into playing the colorful adventure with an open mind. Is the first non-sexual game from the HuniePot folks worth a look? Read on to find out below!
The Spiral Scouts
Publisher: Cantaloupe Kids
Developer: Cantaloupe Kids
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: July 12th, 2018
Price: $9.99 USD
Now as I mentioned earlier, I’m not much on puzzle games because my ADHD prevents me from enjoying them. This is mostly because I get annoyed when the puzzle gets too convoluted and or the payoff isn’t worth it. Spiral Scouts makes up for it with irreverent humor, off color commentary, and adorable art throughout.
While I was arguing with myself the majority of the time because I felt too dumb to solve half the puzzles and got stuck a few times, I powered through and found my groove finally. I’m about halfway through the overall completion of the game at the moment, and I’m looking forward to finishing it completely and getting all the badges.
So far I’m pleasantly surprised with the comfy overall aesthetic and feel of the game. It definitely packs oodles of charm in that regard, and made me smile on many occasions and roll my eyes at others while still mostly smiling like a doofus.
There’s only so much I can write about games of this type so I’m going to try to go with this sentiment: If you dig a good puzzle game, then this one’s right up your alley. It’s worth mentioning I dug Huniepop, and it was the first dating-sim type game I’ve played thus far.
This is the second time the Huniepot folks roped me into liking a game genre I previously didn’t really gravitate toward. Who knows, maybe I’ll get into more puzzle video games after completely finishing out Spiral Scouts, which I do indeed plan on doing – for completionists’ sake.
You can really see the love put into the art, environments, characters, and even the user interface as going about your various quests. One such task involves finding ”sweet butt juice, sour butt juice, and ass elixir’,’ which is just a small taste of what’s in store once you pick the game up.
The humor in Spiral Scouts isn’t too over the top but leaves little to the imagination, as well as rides that fine line of clean humor to your expected shock or toilet kind of humor. It’s overall a very silly and fun game, and possibly worth checking out just for this alone.
The controls are easy to master while maneuvering around the world and interacting with objects, people, and your environment play into all the mechanics. The various gameplay mechanics all work like a well oiled machine once you get your groove dialed in.
The puzzle mechanics remind me of old Legend of Zelda type puzzles that if not thought of from multiple angles, can have you frustrated to the point of taking a break and coming back to them later. I did this numerous times so far and ended up acing them afterwards.
Overcoming these puzzles meant I had to use an actual notebook and write things down for later reference. This in and of itself reminded me of those days when I was a kid in the 90s, playing more challenging games that required more critical thinking.
The interactions with most of the characters show off the writing and joke delivery, which works quite well. I found myself shaking my head and laughing at almost all of the aforementioned interactions, which I imagine was their intention from the very start.
What’s not to love about a quirky redhead that eats things called ”butt nuts” and farts gas clouds that inspire big nosed French knights to follow you around while deeply inhaling your fumes, but I digress. This game has been delightful and I’m looking forward to getting all those stinking badges!
For the price, Spiral Scouts is a steal when compared to all the shovelware pushed out on Steam almost daily, especially if you like a good fart, poop, or dick joke. Bless.
The Spiral Scouts was reviewed on Windows PC using a review copy provided by the publisher. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here.
The Verdict: 8
- Adorable character art and environments.
- Comfy music and score.
- Hilarious characters and conversations.
- Poop jokes, dick jokes, edgy humor aplenty.
- The puzzles left me baffled over half the time but again, I completely suck at puzzle games.
- I encountered a few glitches where if you hand more than one item at a time to an NPC, you lose said item for the quests.
- The quests don’t seem to have much payoff whenever you finish them.