It's been close to a year, but finally Gionatan Iasio has brought us another installment in his excellent Warbears games, Warbears: Mission 2. The point-and-click puzzle games are similar to Rob Allen's Hapland series but with a distinctly unique flavor. You control four bears on a training mission to infiltrate a house set with paintball-loaded dummies. By clicking on a bear you bring up a context-sensitive menu of actions you can perform. The order in which you do things is the key to completing the mission, and one wrong step puts you in a goo-splattered dead end.
Warbears is all about playing, getting stuck, then starting all over again. There is no warning to tell you when you're about to do something stupid, so you may find yourself (as I did) restarting after a full half hour of play. Fortunately Iasio's beautiful animations and music gives the game a very comfortable mood, so you won't get frustrated. Mission 2 is much more polished than the first game with better sound and visuals and more streamlined gameplay.
For puzzle strategists and curious onlookers alike, this game provides enough of a challenge to tickle the grey matter without overwhelming you at any time. From the opening title to the four eventual endings, Warbears: Mission 2 is a well deserved sequel and a very enjoyable game.
Be sure to check out Gionatan's original Warbears as well.
Thanks to Lily and video_game_freak for giving us the heads-up!