Everyone loves planes, trains, and automobiles, but nobody cares much for the little-old wheel. Underrated and ill-appreciated, wOne and wOne 2, by Sean Cooper, give the lowly wheel center-stage in its very own arcade-style Web game.
Use the arrow keys to control the wheel, with your task being a simple one: collect barrels (or coins) and stars by rolling through a myriad of levels full of ramps and platforms.
Collect all barrels in a level to advance to the next. There are only 6 levels in wOne, varying in difficulty from easy to nightmare, and all of them have the same bricked look and feel. If you'd like to play the 6th level, however, you will have to collect all the stars in each of the first five.
The follow-up to first, wOne 2, expands upon this greatly with 19 different levels, including several different environments and a couple of power-ups. wOne 2 only has one level open by default, and you unlock new levels by collecting all the coins in each. So far I am unsure of the benefit to collecting all the stars, as the higher levels are a bit too much for me. But so far it appears to be nothing more but bragging rights. You'll also find scattered throughout the levels 4 differently-colored balls. These fill up the grid along the top of the screen. All 4 are neccesary for the last level, but I'll let you find out why for yourself.
Beyond the new collectibles, wOne 2 adds three (3) new environments: slippery ice, bottomless pits, and levels based around a central force of gravity. The last of the gravity levels adds items which change the direction or strength of the force.
In some levels you are also given a bungee system and/or a jet. The bungee attaches to any solid surface and allows you access too places not otherwise possible. The jet basically allows you to fly, though I will warn you that the controls while "jetting" are very sensitive, so take it easy.
Nice little additions to wOne 2 is the time par, rating system, and highscores table. Based on how many stars you get, and how fast you complete the level, you are given ratings from "Not Bad", to "Excellent".
Analysis: I thoroughly enjoyed both games, and I like the additions included in wOne 2. That being said, the improvements do make the game significantly more difficult, at least for me. Also, I do have a couple of quips: 1) the physics in both games seem to overreact a bit when you're moving too fast; and 2) although wOne 2 upgrades the wheel graphic from wOne, the new graphic isn't as smooth, and on the leaf-background it's visually a bit jarring. Regardless, the visuals on a whole are fantastic, the control structure is simple and the gameplay makes both games easy to jump into. Whether you're a die-hard platformer fan or just a casual gamer, wOne and wOne 2 are your new friends. Click! Again!