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Not much has changed in the last couple of years, but can a bunch more challenges and a level editor really satiate your cravings for new content? I think that depends on what you're into, really.
Time to put balls in holes
Trick Shot 2 is a super simple puzzler where you've got to get your ball into the box, a bit like a weird game of golf. To do so you use a slingshot mechanic, pulling back on the screen and adjusting the strength of your move to find the sweet spot.
That's easier said than done as a sea of obstacles stand in the way of you and victory. Whether you're up against moving platforms, buttons, teleporters, angled walls, teeny gaps, or Pachinko-style arrangements, you've got to use your brain to nail your shot.
Ideally, you'll sink your ball in one shot without touching the sides of the box (earning yourself the highest score possible), but there’s no consequence if you don't. You get a lower score, but that's about it.
You have an unlimited number of tries per level, snappy restart times, and no time limits, so there’s no sense of urgency. Instead, you're left to your own devices to explore the number of ways you can get to your goal and that's half the fun.
If you're really stuck you can get help from a little robot-like thing that'll make the shot for you, however this costs you in-game currency. You start off with 100 coins, but that goes pretty fast and you're left with the option to buy more via IAP.
Since it's 99p for 100 coins or £1.99 to unlock unlimited coins, it's not a huge ask, and there are some levels where having the helping hand is extremely useful.
I'm still not sure how I feel overall about using IAPs inside of premium games, but since both the game's asking price and top IAP are collectively cheaper than a cup of coffee you can't be too mad about it.
As I said, this is a simple experience and that's as much its downfall as it is its charm. The levels are generally quick to get through, so if you're not that bothered about finding all of the different ways to complete them you may lose interest quickly.
Sometimes the solutions are as much pot-luck as they are logical, which is always a disappointment for a puzzler, and the controls can also be a little bit over-sensitive.
Trick Shot 2 is great to have on your phone for quiet moments when you're travelling, taking a break, or just want to put your mind somewhere else for a bit.
I wouldn't recommend playing it for hours at a time, but the game really shines brightest when played in short bursts and with an open mind. Not all mobile puzzlers have to offer up gripping narratives, characters, action, and adventure. Sometimes it's okay to just to fling a ball in a hole.