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Random Heroes 2

For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

A less-than-random encounter

Product: Random Heroes 2 | Publisher: Ravenous Games | Format: iPhone | Genre: Platform | Players: 1 | Version: US | App version: 1.0
 
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Not so long ago, Random Heroes appeared on the App Store and quickly won us over.

Each bite-sized level was positively packed with aliens to gun down, and we gave the game a Gold Medal for its glorious celebration of all things retro and violent.

Random Heroes 2 has arrived on the scene, and it takes the form of a continuation of the original's love letter to side-scrolling platform shooters.

In short, it's more of the same - and that's a good thing.

Aliens? Resurrection!


It would be entirely fair to call Random Heroes 2 an expansion of the first Random Heroes. You face the same types of enemies using the same oddball collection of heroes with the same types of upgradable weapons.

IAPs explained
Random Heroes 2 offers you the option to buy in-game currency if you fancy unlocking or upgrading an expensive gun or costume straightaway.

Unfortunately, the store is going through some launch pains and we were unable to gain access to it during the review period of the game. We'll update this text box when the prices come online.
It even handles exactly like its predecessor, with a few notable improvements.

While holding down the 'fire' button you can now slide your finger up to aim upwards and / or press the 'back' arrow button to moonwalk away from your enemies while firing.

Both control enhancements are quite welcome, but hardcore mobile gamers - being a demanding bunch - might wonder why they weren't given the option to aim their guns down as well.

Loose change

Yet for all of this, Random Heroes 2 isn't a simple rehash of Random Heroes with some new control options thrown in.

It's a glimpse at what the developers could have, and should have, done with the first game, and as such it renders the first game obsolete.

With over 90 gorgeously-rendered levels to play through, Random Heroes 2 offers plenty of length and many stages feature hidden areas for you to discover as you explore the 2D landscape.

This discovery process isn't all that difficult (throw yourself at walls until you find a fake one), but it's a hook that will make you want to play each level a few times to find all of the collectibles hidden within it.

Happiness is a warm gun

Random Heroes 2 is everything that a retro mobile platformer should be.

Its low-investment levels are well suited to on-the-go gaming, but you can easily stretch play sessions out to an hour or longer if you're serious about collecting coins and achievements.
 
Random Heroes 2
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Matthew Diener | 6 May 2013
An excellent entry in the catalogue of mobile side-scrolling shooters. The pacing, challenge, and action are pitch-perfect
 
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Josh Dombro | 18:48 - 7 May 2013
Wow, there's a surprising amount of porn/ad discussion on this...

Thanks @American, appreciate the response. I figured this wasn't a rush out and buy kind of thing for me, which you confirmed. The scoring clarification helped too. Nice review, thanks.
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mr_bez | 13:50 - 7 May 2013
And now an Aga ad? I think those folks at Google were listening!
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mr_bez | 13:49 - 7 May 2013
@jeffyg3 :) That told me. They were appearing as banner ads on the left, and investigation shows they do seem to be powered by Google AdChoice. I believe a Tory MP had a similarly embarrassing public rant a few weeks ago.

Seriously, though, I've been getting them at work, and I tend to avoid too much porn on my work PC! Oddly, though, I haven't seen them since my post. It's back to Vodafone ads and the like.
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jeffyg3 | 12:52 - 7 May 2013
@mr_bez
That's weird, I never got those kind of ads visiting this site, and there's nothing showing up like that at all. Haha, I think u or someone else in your household just needs to stop visiting porn sites =p

Anyways, luv RH1 & RH2. Very good review
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The_PG_American | 23:41 - 6 May 2013
@Josh: While we all try to follow the same scoring rubric, every individual reviewer (and gamer!) has their own particular tastes. I confess that I never played RH1 before this review - so I gave RH2 a fair shot for a few hours before loading up the original.

I genuinely enjoyed RH2, but it doesn't really do too much different than the first one did. If I had purchased RH1 and then purchased RH2, I'd feel a bit disappointed that my earlier purchase was now more or less redundant.

If you're a complete RH fanatic, however, chances are you'll enjoy both games equally. That said, if you played RH1 and were expecting RH2 to be a completely different game experience you'll be a bit disappointed, I think.
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mr_bez | 22:46 - 6 May 2013
So after that T-shirt ad that's been running for ages that is basically just a picture of a woman's cleavage, you're now alternating it with ads for a dating site which advertises woman based on their race? And an Adult Gamers Only ad with another scantily-clad woman?

Way to stay classy, Pocket Gamer.
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Josh Dombro | 22:21 - 6 May 2013
Since Random Heroes received a Gold Award (not your review, but still), and the sequel received only Silver, I was hoping you could clarify a couple things. I've played Random Heroes, and find it fun, but nothing spectacular. Everything I've read about RH2, though, seems to be really positive. Was the (slightly) lower score because it's a sequel and you had higher expectations for it. Or was it simply that you and Harry judged the games differently - so even though you seemed to like this better than the original, it's not quite Gold-worthy? Or something else entirely?

For someone like me who likes, but doesn't love, the original, is there enough in this to make me want to spend $.99?
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