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Review Wipeout 2
Running and platforming sport game
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 24 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Feels like an obstacle course, fun rag doll and slow motion
Aggressive payment model, kiddy style and graphics
Wipeout 2 for Android is a running game in which you dodge, jump, and slide over obstacles. In many ways, it plays like a side scrolling version of the popular Temple Run type of games.
Wipeout has an interesting art and graphic style. Everything about it seems nickelodeon and kiddy, from the character designs, to the cartoony water and the levels. Something about the way the characters get knocked off is quite funny, because it seems brutal seeing it in slow motion but the game manages to make it feel like the character is OK as they fall into the water below.
The running game play in the game is different enough that it can provide some entertainment. The game pits you against an unseen contestant and provides a sense of urgency throughout the level. You can bounce back onto the level when you get knocked off, but you lose precious time. When you are running through the level you have to collect coins, which can be used later on to provide upgrades and buy different characters. While this could be advantageous for those looking for an endgame, I can't really see these features adding to the game-play that much overall. I think they exist in order to provide ways for players to purchase things in the game with real money.
In fact, the game seems to push this idea very aggressively. You are encouraged, nay, forced to buy characters in order to keep playing. Even if you have no interest, they still provide a way to seamlessly play the game without overusing your current character. It's the games way of saying, you can play, but in order to play as much as you want, you will have to pay or wait. I've never really been a fan of this model, as it feels like the game is punishing you for wanting to play instead of pay. The game also doesn't hesitate to remind you to play again.
Wipeout 2 is a mediocre take on the runner genre. With it's side scrolling view, slow motion fall effects, and relatively fun mechanics it's worth a try or two.