Welcome to Snark Busters 2: All Revved Up, a bizarre, colorful, steampunk-ish world of broken hidden objects, magical mirrors, and mischievous chandelier-breaking cats! As Jack Blair, famous Formula 0 racer, you follow in the footsteps of your grandfather who was not only a better driver, but a better Snark Buster as well! He disappeared after driving through a tunnel in his last race, however, but somehow you find a letter of his that entices you into finding him by searching for the elusive snark. The sequel is every bit as whimsical and engaging as the original game, Snark Busters: Welcome to the Club, and it's a treasure of an experience from beginning to end!
Snark Busters 2: All Revved Up ditches boring text-based lists of items in favor of the "find pieces of a few items based on their color/shape" mechanic. So, for example, instead of hunting down a pump, you instead refer to the inventory slots at the bottom and search for items matching the general shape and design of pieces chopped through the item's icon. Find them all and the object can be used to solve a pressing puzzle nearby!
Most of the time some pieces of an object will be red, indicating its present unavailability. By completing parts of other items, opening doors or otherwise exploring about, you might just uncover one of these shards, making it a good strategy to keep an eye on the inventory bar at all times. The ultimate goal of each area is to obtain a medallion that will open the portal to the next set of levels.
A forgiving hint system makes Snark Busters 2 easy to play and eliminates any sort of frustration you might encounter. The occasional mini-game/mini-puzzle also crops up, but they're short, not too challenging, and can be skipped after a few moments. They always fit the theme of the game, too, so no crazy gimmicks to worry about here.
Analysis: Snark Busters 2: All Revved Up has one big strong point: its environment. The world of Nodnol is quite unusual, never falling too close to traditional steampunk fare or diverging into the realm of pure fantasy. Everything is slightly whimsical in nature, encouraging you not to take any part of the game seriously, leaving you feeling light, interested, and fully engaged in the bright and wacky world you have the pleasure of interacting with.
Compared to its predecessor, Snark Busters 2 lives up to almost every standard set by the 2010 release. Gameplay is quick and enticing, the setting and story are lighthearted and fun to follow, and the puzzles are smart without being too difficult. The plot feels a bit on the thin side, on the other hand, and doesn't feature nearly as much activity or character growth as the first Snark Busters. Story isn't the central focus of the game, but it's always nice to have a deeper reason to play a game apart from finding items hidden in a Victorial fantasy world!
You won't need knowledge of the original Snark Busters game to play the sequel. In fact, very little connects the two titles apart from a couple of brief references to Kira, the main character of the first game. This doesn't really affect the quality of Snark Busters 2, so whether you're a newbie or a veteran, feel free to dive right in!
The hunt for the snark continues in this whimsical hidden object game with a wonderful, fun setting. It's easy to pick up and play, interesting to run through to the end, and a treat to look at the entire time!