Skywire 2, the sequel to last year's Skywire, has just been released by Nitrome and it exceeds the original in many ways. Fight three bosses across 30 all-new levels and encounter over two dozen unique enemies. New track elements also make an appearance such as gaps, breakable track, and areas where your cable car goes under water. It's more of what made the original Skywire so great with minimal tinkering of the core gameplay elements.
Three passengers are on board a small chairlift running across a convoluted path in the sky. Using the [up] and [down] arrow keys, control forward and backwards momentum to avoid enemies and reach the goal in each stage. Every time you bump into a baddie, one of the passengers is thrown from the cart. Lose all three and it's game over!
The key to survival in Skywire 2 is patience. Most of your time will be spent nudging the car forward or backward, tapping the keys to keep yourself stationary while waiting for safe passage. Enemies spring up, fly in, leap, fall and attack in a variety of ways, so taking it slow and watching their behavior is crucial to your survival. Must. Resist. Urge. To. Speed!
Also new in this Skywire is a two player simultaneous mode! Grab a friend and cozy up to your keyboard to participate in split screen chairlift mayhem.
Analysis: Skywire 2 is identical to the first Skywire in a number of ways, but Nitrome added just enough new elements to make the game stand out. Fans of the original and new Skywire players alike will be drawn in by the simple gameplay and dollhouse-style visuals that pack every pixel with originality.
As with almost every Nitrome release, the artwork and music in Skywire 2 is simply fantastic. The game has some very imaginative enemy characters (gotta love that kangaroo), objects and backgrounds. Unfortunately the bizarre scenery doesn't make its way into the gameplay beyond the basic "wait, move, avoid, wait" mechanics. There's something to be said for the simplicity of it all, however.
More of what made the original so great, but with some extra oomph to keep it fresh!