Hunters 2, Rodeo Games’ TBS follow-up, is now available from the app store. Bringing new weapons, a campaign mode, and the same solid gameplay mechanics, Hunters 2 expands upon the original in several ways that cement its place among the elite TBS options on iOS.
Hunters 2 Pros:
- Terrific graphic style and fun battle animations
- Dour, ethereal soundtrack and crisp sound effects create an appropriate mood
- New campaign mode and daily contracts offer great replay value
- Tons of weapons, loot drops, customizable talents, and much more
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements
Hunters 2 Cons:
- Maps can obscure necessary pathways
- Menu screens can be cluttered and confusing
When overpopulation and the collapse of governments send humans to the cosmos in search of sustainable living, many take on the role of mercenaries, fulfilling contracts for corporations who now own and control everything. It’s basically the same story as the first iteration, which makes sense if you view this as the next phase in the story. You lead a small group of mercenaries as you play through an all-new campaign or take on daily contracts in one-off fashion. The missions show a good deal of variety, ranging from kill-‘em-alls to protection missions to simply surviving until you reach a specified destination. Standing in your way are teams of other mercenaries or a new alien race, who tend to pour out of the fog of war in droves as you make your way through the available environments. Each team member has unique stats and attributes, as well as selectable loadouts to hook up each member with the armor and weapons necessary to get the job done. As expected, each member has a certain number of action points to use in both moving and attacking. Each square you move to and each shot you fire costs one point. When your team is out of action points or you have made all of the moves that you care to make, you end your turn and allow the opposition to take over. They reposition themselves and attack your team. You trade turns until all of your team members are killed or you complete your objective. If successful, you will earn credits that can be used to obtain better weapons, armor, and new talents that give your players helpful abilities. New weapons and players can be manufactured at a cost, and items can be bought and sold in a market of sorts.
Graphically, Hunters 2 features the same top-down perspective as the first version, with detailed environments, great lighting effects, and fun battle animations. The areas that your team members can see are brightly lit, while areas out of your visual range are dimmed. This obscures hidden enemies until you move within their range or they present themselves to you. It can be a bit challenging to figure out the pathways that you are expected to follow through the maps, though all legal moves are indicated by raised squares. You must tap a hunter to select him, which brings up the raised squares. Tapping a square will light up your path in green, which shows how many action points you’ll use to move. An attackable enemy appears in red, and confirming a move or attack requires a second tap on the target square. Each player has a half-circle health bar and dots to represent action points, while player info (weapon and armor) appear in the upper left corner. Some dead foes will drop loot that can be picked up by tapping on the flashing body. Loot drops can provide new weapons, armor, or credits to add to your total. The menu system is fairly deep, allowing for lots of customizations, trading, etc. The soundtrack is composed of great ethereal music, setting a dour mood. Crisp sound effects serve to enhance the experience, as well.
Replay value is very good, as the contract system provides new content every day. There are also multiple difficulty levels, including a hardcore mode that brings permadeath into the equation for players who really like to up the ante. GameCenter integration brings leaderboards and an achievement system with nearly 3 dozen awards into the mix. A universal app for $4.99, Hunters 2 is a terrific 4-Dimple challenge.
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