Price: $4.99 (FREE to try first 4 levels)
Version Reviewed: 1.0.7
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Continuing the trend that its predecessor set, Cordy 2 is a rather glorious platformer. While many of its ideas will remind players of great platformers gone by, especially the Sonic the Hedgehog series, none of it really matters when there's so much fun to be had.
Taking the role of Cordy the robot once more, players must guide him through a series of 48 levels in order to stop the evil Boogaloo. Original, it's not, but across such levels and worlds, it's terrific fun. As fast paced as something like Sonic while still offering plenty of places to explore, there's good reason to not only speed through stages but also return later in order to find all the collectibles and gain the all important three stars for a level.
Controls are of the virtual button kind, with a left and right button as well as a jump and context sensitive key. They're mostly pretty tightly orchestrated, although at times, it's easy to slip and miss the directional controls, occasionally making one wish for a virtual thumb pad that moves with the finger. The context sensitive button works well, offering skills such as grappling, teleportation as well as a speed boost, all at the relevant time in a level. It's simple and uncomplicated, while still offering variety.
Such variety shines through in the game, too. Although many of the levels are focused on traditional platforming elements, there's also time for flying levels and some basic puzzling. Boss battles also feature, invoking the need for pattern recognition while still feeling suitably satisfying to defeat.
Cordy 2 offers plenty of in-app purchases but none other than the initial $4.99 outlay for the full game, are actually needed. Instead, they offer customization options that I found unnecessary to my enjoyment of the game. Offering plenty of charm and little reason to criticize, Cordy 2 is an utterly delightful platformer.