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Developer: Infinite Dreams
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Can Knockdown 2 is an incredibly simple idea. It’s so simple that when you’re browsing through the App Store, you might find yourself overlooking it. That would be a little unfair though. Sure Can Knockdown 2 does exactly what it says in the title but there’s no denying that there’s something compelling about it.

Offering 3 different modes, Can Knockdown 2 is predictably all about knocking down cans by throwing balls at them. There’s the classic mode where you have to knock down an ever larger pile of cans with as few balls as possible. This feels like a carnival game in a way although I don’t remember any carnival I’ve been to throwing in explosive cans that can be used rather strategically. The more set of cans that you knock down quickly with only one ball, the bigger the score multiplier gets. It’s simple but satisfying. A similar tale when it comes to the target based mode.

This time round you have a time limit to adhere to and targets drop from the top of the screen. You have to hit as many targets as possible within 60 seconds. Bonus points are awarded if you hit the center of each target and a multiplier builds up the more times you do this in a row. Cans also appear to reward you with bonus time. It’s another terrific example of simple gameplay that’s still fun to delve into.

The final mode is much harder than the previous two. This time round, cans are fired into the air and you have to shoot them as they fall. Trying to ascertain the best time to throw is tough and I’ll admit I didn’t find it as immediately enjoyable as the previous two modes. If you like a challenge though, this is ideal.

Can Knockdown 2 is incredibly simple but that’s to its benefit. It’s not trying too hard to be something quirky. There are Game Center achievements to acquire as well as leaderboards to keep an eye on but ultimately you’ll be playing this simply to pass those dull 5-10 minutes that occur throughout the day. It serves this purpose perfectly.

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