Developer: Game Hive
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I’ve been lucky to never have a truly terrible boss throughout my working life, but not everyone is so fortunate. Those unlucky souls who have just returned from the holidays and suffering from the January blues, should appreciate an opportunity to vent their frustrations without getting into trouble. Kick the Boss 2 is all about beating up one’s boss.

It’s a very simple game and one that uses some very similar elements that we’ve seen in other titles. Players are initially presented with a classroom scene and a very easy to manipulate boss. At first, there are limited options for what can be done to him but things quickly open up. Players can throw the boss around with a drag and flick motion, as well as throw numerous projectiles at him. These projectiles are unlocked through the use of coins, which are earned through beating the boss up. It’s possible to unlock an array of guns, as well as molotov cocktails, water guns and the ever entertaining banana. Simple construction aids new weapon types, although this is still all related to how many coins the player has. Environmental damage is also achievable through careful use of the scenery.

As the game progresses and the player levels up their efforts, new scenes can be unlocked providing their own different bosses to inflict damage upon. Ultimately, though, the gameplay remains steadily the same. Five minutes of Kick the Boss 2 will show just as much as hours of playing does. The only change is the types of weapons used. Each may offer different methods of use but it can get a little repetitive and samey after a time. Coin acquisition is relatively slow which doesn’t help with the potential for repetition.

Despite such issues, Kick the Boss 2 is still quite fun. It’s very shallow and some more structure would have been appreciated. While there are some basic missions to work towards, it lacks focus, but there is still some enjoyment, especially for those who have suffered from a long day. For free, that’s not a bad offering but I’d struggle to be tempted to spend real money on items.

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