Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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This is a 2D snowboarding game in which you use tilt controls to steer your character from the top of the slopes to the bottom. However, it's not your typical snowboarding game – it's even crazier. It doesn't give a crap about realism and is overflowing with crazy, unrealistic gimmicks, such as gravity inversion and zero gravity zones, constantly keeping you on your toes. As you race down slopes, you'll tilt and spin your character upside down and all over the screen, making impossible landings one after the other.
And you have to. You must execute each landing perfectly or you revert to the last checkpoint. This is what separates iStunt 2 from the majority of snowboarding games out there. What's more, in addition to simply making it to the end of each level without failing a landing, you also want to earn as a high a score as possible. Your score is determined by coins you collect as you shred slopes and tricks you pull off while in the air, such as grabs.
There are over 40 levels in iStunt 2. While each of these is rather short – some only a minute or two in length – this seems to be a very intentional design choice. This is not an easy game. And as you go further and further into it, it becomes increasingly more difficult. But not in a bad way. iStunt 2 is challenging and rewarding. As a result, you'll want to keep playing and playing.
While iStunt 2 is an entertaining iOS game, one problem is that it might be a little too difficult for many of the casual gamers roaming the App Store. Indeed, this is not really a casual game. So, if you can't handle a decent challenge, this one isn't for you.
For anyone who is up to it, though, iStunt 2 delivers a fun, challenging experience for anyone with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. While the game can be played for free online via a flash version, the added tilt controls and portability of the iOS version makes it worth the buck it costs to own.