LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias, the second iteration in Frontier Developments’ charming adventure platformer series, is now available from the app store. Featuring much improved controls and a more robust story, Lost Winds 2 is everything we could have hoped it would be.
LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias Pros:
- Beautiful presentation with smooth animations and expansive environments
- Relaxing soundtrack and fun sound effects that bring the game to life
- Simple tap and swipe controls; good responsiveness
- GameCenter integration for achievements
LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias Cons:
- Map is a bit confusing
- No voiceovers
As you might expect, you’ll once again take on the role of Toku, a young lad who can control the spirit of wind to great personal benefit. He finds himself called into action to save his mother, though his journey soon forks to find him searching for the spirit who can save Melodia City from its wintery prison. Toku meets plenty of NPCs along the way and encounters a number of cleverly-devised puzzles to solve, often using his powers with nearby objects. The ability to switch between seasons has an impact on the environment that must be leveraged to allow passage through certain locations. Fire plays an interesting role in preserving Toku’s life this time around, which makes sense given the freezing temperatures that our hero must endure. There are even a number of new moves to use, such as the cyclone power that can bore through rock and devastate enemies. Toku moves about at a leisurely pace, reinforcing the somewhat laid back and airy experience intended by the developers. You won’t find twitch gameplay or hordes of enemies to battle. The fun is in the journey and you are meant to savor it as you proceed.
Graphically, LostWinds 2 has a similar storybook quality that fans of the original will recognize, utilizing colorful visuals, smooth animations, and delightful characters that have wide appeal. A variety of environments keep the levels from feeling too similar. The mythical storyline has a fairytale feel, and the overall story is richer and more satisfying than in the previous offering. The soundtrack is equally relaxing and dreamy, and a smattering of sound effects helps to bring the land to life. There are no voiceovers, so exposition is presented via text boxes. The controls are terrific, using taps to select travel points (holding your finger on-screen will initiate an autowalk option) and swipes to call upon the wind to lift Toku to higher ledges and across gaps. Pinching an object in mid-air creates a vortex that allows it to hover for a few moments, and a swipe will send the object careening about to open up a new passage or effect some other positive change. Swiping down on a floating Toku allows him to use mushrooms as trampolines to reach high ledges. Toku responds as expected to the swipes, banishing the frustrations we experienced with the launch of the original. A virtual d-pad is also available if desired.
Replay value is good, as the entire experience is worth enjoying again. GameCenter integration gives achievement junkies something to keep coming back for, too. A universal app for $3.99, LostWinds 2 is a fantastic 4.5-Dimple stud.
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