Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4, iPad 2
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Sport of slackers for generations, playing Frisbee is about as summer casual as it gets. The same is also true of Frisbee Forever 2, sequel to last summer’s hit game. But that's where the comparison ends. This game has Frisbees doing tricks the folks at Wham-o never dared dream. Players guide their flying discs with near-perfect controls through beautifully rendered obstacle courses, collecting stars and having entirely too much free fun.
For those familiar with the original title, not much has changed beyond new tracks and shiny new graphics. Players flick a Frisbee with an ease seldom achieved by neophytes with the real thing, and then guide it along a track of tunnels and rings using ideal-for-iPhone tilt controls or extremely responsive touch controls that work best on iPad.
There are six worlds to explore with 10 levels each. Getting every star – a serious challenge – earns a gold medal, getting most a silver and capturing none, but completing the course yields bronze. The worlds are increasingly difficult, but never overly so. It takes a few crashes to get familiar with controlling the Frisbee at high speeds and around tight corners, but once in a groove making progress isn’t too hard.
Stars coins, the in-app currency, and XP are earned on every successful toss. There are puchasables available, some of which are necessary for gold, There's a nice assortment of skins for the Frisbees from retro Wham-o designs to pizzas to saw blades. Coins can be purchased in-app, but there’s really no need. The tenacious will accrue enough as soon as the game sends their synapses the message to get addicted. That said, this freemium game has minimally invasive ads, no paywalls and no pressure to buy, so I just may pony up for the UFO Frisbee and the Star Magnet.
The key to success is staying close to the center. As the Frisbee moves off course it slows down and falls. On tracks that rise and fall as steeply as a roller coaster, moving beyond those bounds is like braking and helps regain control of Frisbees moving too quickly, but generally staying in the rings and tunnels and following the stars ensures progress.
There’s a lot of replay value in this freebie. There are mission to complete and bonus levels to discover. The game can definitely serve as a minute-killer, but once I got into it, I found it easy to lose an hour without noticing.
The soundtrack is guitar-mellow and beachy and the graphics are detailed, evoke a sense of speed, and are family friendly. There’s no reason not to grab Frisbee Forever 2 right now - it's a perfect distraction for days when playing the real game outdoors isn’t an option.