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Major Mayhem 2 review - A shooter sequel that's definitely worth some of your time


For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad

Blast it

Product: Major Mayhem 2 | Publisher: Rocket Jump Games | Format: iPhone | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
The original Major Mayhem was an homage to the action movies of the 1980s, and its sequel is, to all intents and purposes, remarkably similar.

So on the one hand you've got a brash, loud, compulsive blaster that you can play with a couple of fingers. But there's nothing here for you if you didn't like the original.

Of course, if you didn't like the original then there's probably something wrong with you. I just wanted to get that out of the way early.

Run and fun


The game is a cover-based blaster that sees you playing as the titular major. A variety of nefarious villains are trying to destroy the world and, tangentially, ruin your holiday. So you need to go and shoot them.

You'll dart around automatically. Tap a foe and you'll shoot at them. Move your finger from the screen and you'll duck back behind cover and reload.



When a shot with a big red circle around it appears you'll need to be hiding, otherwise you'll take a hit. Your health bar is your clothes, and when you're topless you can take one more shot before it's game over.

The game is free to play, and there's an energy system, some wait-timers, and a couple of currencies. But it never really chokes you out of the game, at least not in the first couple of hours.



You can top up your energy with videos, and while waiting for the loot boxes to unlock is a bit annoying, you can still jump into the shooting-people-in-the-face action so it's not too much of a hit.

The different weapons you unlock do actually change things up a bit. And there's a huge variety of enemies, some of whom you can't just deal with by shooting them a lot.

Fun and gun

Major Mayhem 2 picks up pretty much brilliantly from where its predecessor left off. It's short, sharp, and wonderfully compulsive.

It's not the deep experience that some people are going to be looking for from their shooters, but if you don't mind some casual, but still challenging, blasting, then it's well worth checking out.
 
Major Mayhem 2 review - A shooter sequel that's definitely worth some of your time
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Harry Slater | 26 April 2018
A loud and obnoxious shooter that ticks all the right boxes in all the right ways
 
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