Developer: Razoric Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½ 
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Razoric Studios have come a long way since the birth of their debut physics boat-themed puzzler Boom Boat. Now they are back with Boom Boat 2, and what a far leap they have made in terms of quality and quantity since the original release in 2011.

Gnomes have been spotted off the North Coast. They are everywhere. Trusty Boom Boat has the location and it is our mission to take out these power-hungry underwater garden gnomes and destroy them before they take on the world.

IMG_0698Though the iPad version seems to lack the original tilt function that the original Boom Boat game was comprised of, the controls are still ultimately fluid. Players control the boat by using the large ship’s wheel and tapping on the various icons on the right-hand side to launch missiles, bomb barrels, and depth mines.

An obvious vast improvement in this gnome-smashing sequel is the super polished cartoon-like art style and explosive special effects that give the game an especially modern tone and sets it miles apart from its predecessor. Most important is the wonderfully innovative gameplay that includes a huge assortment of level designs and creations; each one achieving something particularly diverse from the other. Furthermore, Boom Boat 2 boasts a huge 150 physics-based challenges – at least 120 more than the debut game.

IMG_0707What’s the best thing about Boom Boat 2? The way it hooks the player into revisiting old ground in order to earn more stars or kick more Gnome butt. The achievement center also gives an incentive to return should players want to push the boat out (see what I did there?).

Fans of the original, and anyone who loves a great physics game in a style that gives a nod to the Angry Birds games of today will without question want to get their hands on this highly amusing and greatly entertaining physics puzzler. For the hugely inexpensive price, there’s no reason to hold back. Gnomes. Boom.


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