Developer: Glu Mobile
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★★
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★★
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Glyder2-2Glyder 2 is a fun casual flying collection game and a follow up to one of our favorite games of 2009, Glyder. It’s easy to play for hours at a time, or just a few minutes. Your main goal is to fly around these amazing worlds and gather glowing jewels. Throw in the occasional mini game or quest and you’ve got a game that’s unique, fun, but leaves you always wanting more.

Glu first released Glyder early in 2009. It was a simple game that got a much greater response than most expected. It was a compelling game that really sucked you in with it’s play at your own pace style of gameplay. They have expanded on that nearly perfect formula in this version, Glyder 2. Along with the old favorites they have thrown in some new types of quests, more like timed mini-games, and all new worlds to explore.

The main goal of the game is fun enough. It’s exploration. There are lots of great little hidden areas to fly around. Why exploring the different worlds you search out and gather jewels. You will also run into and need to complete certain mini-games that will unlock other worlds or parts of the main mystery. These are much more varied from the last Glyder and all were challenging without being too difficult.

The story of the game, much as the first, is that you are trapped in some sort of a dimensional rift. To get out you have to gather jewels which will lead you to parts that will let you open the transport back to your dimension. Basically a collection game. Along the way you’ll also gather customization options such as different outfits (just for fun), and different sets of wings. The different sets of wings have different properties and can make a huge difference in your flying ability.

Technically the game is fantastic. The graphics are great, the controls are responsive and well done, and the soundtrack is just fantastic. The only real hick-up I found was the occasional heavy frame dropping on the mushroom world of Sporelle.

All in all completing all of the gathering, the goals, the achievements, everything is quite a task. But a fun one. Here’s a short look at the game from Glu.

Glyder 2 continues in the footsteps of the surprise hit game Glyder and does so well. I really can’t say enough about this game. It’s well made, easy to get into, and hard to put down. Adding new game play elements while keeping the main elements just as perfect as they were in the first game. I hope we’ll see some expansion on this game. Downloadable content in the form of new worlds and quests would be fantastic. If not, well I’m already looking forward to Glyder 3.

And if you are like me, you will just rush through the game the first time gathering all of the jewels and finishing the main part of the story. But now, I’m working through all of the other little quests and such to get as close to 100% complete as I can. Once that’s done I think I’ll delete the app, reinstall it, and start it over again. Yeah, I like it that much.

Well worth the $2.99 price tag.

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