Meganoid 2 review (iOS / Universal)

November 26, 2012

“Do or do not…there is no try”

10 word description: Meganoid sequel. Retro styled, short level platformer. “It’s not easy”.

10 word review: Tough, frequently frustrating, but well designed fun for masochist gamers.

You will like this if you enjoy: “Million death” platform games. League of Evil. Super Meat Boy. It also looks a bit like Rick Dangerous.

The good news: The retro style graphics, although hardly a new direction for iOS platform games, are rather nice. Music and sounds are also decent. Controls are reliable, responsive, and you can reposition the buttons. Levels are fun with plenty of platforming standards (ok, clichés) such as spike pits, spiders, arrows and snakes.

Why did it have to be snakes?

The bad news: It’s going to be too frustrating for some people, because that’s the kind of game it is; I lost count of the number of tries it took me to get past level 20. Others may find the very short levels unsatisfying because, once you nail a level, it’s often over in about 10 seconds.

Arcadelife verdict: Evoking memories of Rick Dangerous, Meganoid 2 has gone for a more focussed theme than its predecessor and I feel that this works in its favour. If you are unfamiliar with Rick Dangerous, just think of Indiana Jones taking on a series of death-defying challenges devised by a very angry Yoda and you’ll be somewhere close to what this game is all about.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 9.5/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 7/10
Final rating – 82/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.3.0
iTunes link

Meganoid 2 website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.0.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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