Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
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In Parcel Panic 2 players are once again pitted against the clock to ensure the reliable, speedy, and somewhat haphazard delivery that the good townsfolk expect. Anyone who has played the original game, or even Crazy Taxi for that matter, will feel right at home with Parcel Panic 2.
Alternating between the tilt controls and the accelerator/brake pedals, players must follow the arrows to the pick-up and drop-off points. Controls are very responsive and the game runs smoothly, all while looking wonderfully detailed and colorful. With its impressive physics engine to boot, Postal Panic 2 certainly looks the part. However, I did find that any time I took a sharp turn the camera would turn just a second too late. It felt jarring, and not particularly helpful.
Unlike Crazy Taxi, Parcel Panic 2 doesn't quite capture enough urgency for it to be the nail-biter in needs to be. Although the trucks are upgradable, the slow start to the game could mean that players will lack the motivation necessary to continue trucking on (to the point when they finally get something worthwhile under the hood).
While it is certainly a pleasure to look at with its detailed landscape and impressive draw distance, there is still only one level and not a whole lot of diversity on show. More hills, jumps, and obstacles are needed to make the driving more challenging. The empty roads certainly look nice, but a sleepy coastal town is hardly the most exciting place to hold a game that centers around a mad dash to deliver goods on time. Saying that, the Free Run mode had an undoubtably relaxing quality to it, as proven by the silly amount of time I spent driving around the island.
Parcel Panic 2 certainly has an addictive quality to it, but the fact that there is only one environment with minimal obstacles and no oncoming traffic means that it never truly feels exciting, and that's a bit of a shame.