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WATERSLIDE 2 [IOS] – REVIEW (84%)

05 Aug

Waterslide 2 is a fun dodge and collection game released by Fishlabs.

Torpedo your way through a gigantic, city-wide waterslide, skimming around hairpin corners and rocketing down the massive drops at toe-curling speed in this follow up to Waterslide Extreme.

The basic ideas of the game are very similar to the original. This time you have three characters to select from, a man, a women and a penguin. Once you start a level you need to collect all the pearls you can (if you can collect all the ones in a batch you can start to build a multiplier) and avoid the aquatic adversaries as you race toward the finish line.

At the end of the slide you will be awarded stars for the number of points you have earned. Do not get enough and you fail the level and will not unlock the next. Some of the awards are tough to earn, with even getting 110/125 pearls on one level I still only got 1 star (not enough multipliers I guest). There is also no clear guidelines on what is need to get a star for the level.

The game has thirty levels to play, I managed to complete over twenty of these in less than two hours. So for hard core games may find longevity an issue.

The gameplay is generally fun with you dodging around collecting pearls and trying to avoid underwater enemies. Just make sure you don’t go off the side of the waterslide (you can continue playing, but you lose a fair few points.)

There are powers to pick up along the way to help you collect pearls and to get rid of the enemies that block your path. The power ups are one shot and do not last long.

The game is controlled by tilting the device to move left and right. A power-up button will appear when one becomes active. 

The graphics are good with some good character models and the slide moving rapidly and smoothly. The sound is also good.

On the upside:

  • Fast and fun gameplay.
  • Quite addictive.
  • Great follow up to a very solid original game.
  • Power ups are very useful if you can get them.

On the downside:

  • Longevity may be an issue.
  • Some levels need balancing, some are very easy, some super hard, difficulty levels are not on a curve.
  • Sometimes you feel like you travelled correctly through a power up and it does not activate.
  • No clear guidelines on what is need to get a star for the level.

Overall, I found this a fun game to play and will be great for the more casual gamer. The game has some annoying moments when you hit one of the harder levels, but with skill or luck you with be able to get through them. I think with a few tweaks and a bit of balancing on some of the levels and this game could become a must have title for casual gamers. I also hope that more levels are added soon as I am running out.

Rating: 84%

Size: 20 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Waterslide 2 – FISHLABS

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