Developer: PikPok and Adult Swim Games
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

RUA2-screenshot-1Is it possible to make something great even better? When it comes to Robot Unicorn Attack 2, the sequel to the popular endless runner where a unicorn jumps and dashes through multi-tiered levels, collecting fairies and smashing stars, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

First off, Adult Swim Games enlisted PikPok on the title, and as a studio well-known for their fun games and high production values, it was a perfect choice. It’s immediately apparent that this game is absolutely gorgeous. The level of detail in the animated backgrounds, the galloping unicorns, and just everything is absolutely astounding. New elements like Giants that can kill the player if their solar beam attacks aren’t avoided add a splash to the familiar experience.

RUA2-screenshot-2Now, this new game by uses a new music track, despite the original being famous for using “Always” by Erasure. Because the game is free-to-play, they have to sell it as an in-app purchase due to licensing costs. “Always,” along with other tracks from the Robot Unicorn Attack series (and a couple of new ones), are available and they come with 500 unicorn tears (the game’s currency) as a bonus. Still, the music included is very 80s-synth-heavy and fits the theme of the game incredibly well, so it’s not a huge loss.

Granted that the game is free-to-play and has currency with items and boosts to buy, there’s certainly the risk that it could drag down what was once a pure experience. The thing is, much like PikPok’s Super Monsters Ate My Condo, the additions really enhance the experience. The ability to buy upgrades for the unicorn serve not only as ways to customize the look, with cute and pink as well as fiery and deadly, like a unicorn should be. The upgrades also modify play style: want to go fast and be able to jump a lot, or prefer to go slow and careful, but have the ability to fly at top speed? That’s possible! It adds a reason to come back besides the high score chase.

The competitive aspect has also gotten better. Now players can compete for Inferno or Rainbow teams, and the team that amasses more of the current objective, such as smashing the most stars, wins a daily bonus. There’s also a community goal that grants extra goal stars for players who help contribute, and a daily goal to work for. Each day also has a new level to play on, so the experience gets refreshed every so often. All this new stuff just adds even more reasons to keep playing it.

Yet, everything that made the original game so much fun is still there and untainted. This is absolutely how a sequel to a game should be done. Download this or the unicorns will crush your dreams.

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