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POSTED 10/5/16


ROCKETBIRDS 2: EVOLUTION

Ratloop Asia



Ain’t found a way to kill him yet, eyes burn with stinging sweat...

It’s been four and a half years since we last encountered him in all of his twin stick, puzzle-platformy glory. Who be him? Hardboiled Chicken, a domesticated fowl who eschewed domestication to go so military that we believe even the Expendables shit themselves when his name is mentioned.

On that last fateful occasion, he’d despatched evil penguin despot Il Putzki to the land of the deceased. Exes in the eyes, carked it, kaputzki. But, erm, he’s back by means most fow- erm, foul (which will become evident), so the dance begins again – na-na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

This time around, the levels are (mostly) longer, and you can run-and-gun as you take on all manner of foul feathered fiends under the thrall of (or just earning a wage from) Putzki. You have two weapons at a time to flip between – although the flipping is flipping aggravating as when you wish to change one out for another the game doesn’t stop. Oops, corpsed-up HC.

But this rooster’s staunch, and ably returns to the not-too-long fray to take on more gun-toting avian entities. It’s a stylish fray too, with lovely now-gen resolution, some genuinely titter-worthy gags, appropriate voice acting and another killer soundtrack from emoproggers New World Revolution. There’s even a multiplayer save-the-hostages ‘Rescue’ mode for up to four players, online or off. Our tip? Don’t try it solo. Ouch!

Considering the time that has elapsed since last we shook wings with HC, things haven’t evolved as much as the title may suggest/hope. The game remains a mildly challenging, mildly annoying flip-screen Castlevanioid wannabe with much backtracking and schlepping for schlepping’s sake. Plus there’s some odd censorship – it’s OK to shoot at a big robotic phallus, but the word ‘coq’ is bleeped. What the BLEEPing BLEEP?

Ultimately, Rocketbirds 2 is finger lickin’ fair.

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