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Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops Review
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Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops, Chillingo’s sequel to last year’s squad-based shooter, is now available from the app store. Developed again by Kukouri Mobile Entertainment, Tiny Troopers 2 features expansive levels, improved upgrade systems, and exciting gameplay, offering more of the same great action with some welcome tweaks.

Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops Pros:

  • Polished cartoon interface and fun squad-based movement patterns
  • Militaristic soundtrack and troop catch phrases
  • Intuitive tap controls control pretty much everything
  • Fun upgrade system, unlockable specialists, and perma-death
  • Vehicle-based levels and zombie survival arenas break up the gameplay nicely
  • GameCenter leaderboards and achievements to earn

Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops Cons:

  • Very similar to the original
  • Some control confusion causing you to walk toward a target instead of attacking

The single-player Campaign offers 3 operations with more than a half-dozen missions in each. You have main goals and bonus goals to complete, such as eliminating all enemies, destroying towers, surviving, rescuing hostages, and the like. Special weapons, medkits, ammo, dogtags, medals, and more can be found along the way. The medals double as a secondary currency, allowing you to unlock specialist troopers for use in the game. Command Points (or CP) are earned during each mission. They are used to purchase permanent armor and weapon upgrades (damage, rate of fire, etc.) or items like grenades, rockets, medpacks, etc. Special uniforms and clothing also afford you added bonuses. While most missions follow a standard model of dropping your crew into a situation and allowing them to make their way toward the pick-up point while attempting to complete goals and collect items, there are a couple of deviations from this pattern. In some situations, you ride around in an on-rails tank, firing upon enemies that pop-up from all sides. Some levels task you with surviving as enemies come at you from all directions. There are also Zombie Survival levels that task you with blasting undead hordes for as long as possible, snagging coins to boost your overall score. These levels are independent from the normal Campaign in that there is no perma-death. Successful completion of levels gives your surviving teammates a promotion, making them stronger and better equipped to handle subsequent levels. This makes their eventual deaths a little more meaningful. You can revive fallen soldiers, but it will cost you medals.

Graphically, the isometric viewpoint gives you a nice view of your squad and the surrounding area. Trees and buildings can obscure enemy positions or even your team as you wander through some of the denser areas. The game has a polished cartoon aesthetic, and the detail and shading is very nice. A helpful mini map can also orient you toward the level’s end point if you get lost. The soundtrack has a fun militaristic vibe. Troop phrases are cute, though they can get repetitive and a bit annoying after a short while. Controls utilize taps to direct troop movement, dodge incoming fire, and target enemies. Swiping on the screen causes your troops to drop into a prone position to avoid enemy fire or take reduced damage. Dragging a weapon like the rocket launcher or grenade from the screen side to its target location will launch a specialized attack. The controls work pretty well, though it can be hard to keep sustained gunfire on a target while dodging without occasionally confusing the controls and walking toward the target.

Replay value is quite good, especially given the multiple difficulty levels for each mission, as well as the survival levels. GameCenter integration allows for Zombie level leaderboards and a couple dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $0.99, Tiny Troopers 2 is a solid 4-Dimple follow-up.

Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2013-04-03T21:59:01+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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