Developer: Jesse Venbrux
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

tntbf2 2They Need to Be Fed 2 is a gravity-based platformer that is a sequel to the original. Players are free to run and jump in all directions and never have to worry about falling into oblivion because each object has its own gravitational field.

There two different modes to explore: classic and epic. While classic is unlocked at the start, epic cannot be played until 95 diamonds are collected. Diamonds are found in each level and range anywhere from one to three. Players will know how many diamonds there are because they are represented by dots at the top of the screen at the beginning of each level.

The controls are simple. Move the creature with the clockwise or counterclockwise buttons on the left and jump by tapping the button on the right. As gamers progress through the colorful levels, they’ll encounter new enemies and objects along the way. The goal is not only collect diamonds, but to also collect bean seeds to grow a carnivorous plant at the end and then jump inside its mouth to feed it and move on to the next level.

Sometimes a level may have more than one bean seed. These seeds can sprout other types of plants to help players make it through a level like a plant that puffs out air to move a block and spring-like plants to help gamers bounce from one section to another. There are even secret golden beans to collect that earn a special Game Center achievement when they are all found.

tntbf2 9Along with epic mode, it’s also possible to unlock “X” levels after collecting 75 diamonds. There are one of these levels on each world, and they aren’t easy to beat.

TNTBF2 is an addicting platformer, but the levels seem pretty short. I didn’t find the game to be that challenging until I made it to world 5. I wish the gameplay would have picked up a lot sooner, but I still couldn’t stop playing. Once gamers make it to epic mode, they are faced with a lot more challenges and obstacles, but they’ll find themselves yearning for more levels in the end.

While a future level update would help ramp up the gameplay, They Need to Be Fed 2 is still quite delightful. I fell in love with the beautifully and brightly designed levels and the groovy soundtrack. I never played the original and still found the sequel to be fun, and the full Game Center integration and virtually flawless gameplay tops the cake. The recent iPad retina glitch was fixed, so there’s not reason not to pick this title up today.

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