With its sleek iconographic aesthetic, twitchy gameplay, and impish sense of humor, Chris Underwood's Hanna in a Choppa quickly became a favorite here at JayIsGames. In fact, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say it's right up there with Stunt Copter and Comanche in the rotocraft gaming hall of fame. Now, after four years, and plenty of crossed fingers, the physics puzzle action returns in Hanna in a Choppa 2! Of course, the name is a bit of a misnomer, since it seems Ms. Hanna has earned quite a few more pilot's licenses this time around...
Using the [arrow] keys to fly, and [Z] and [X] to rotate (no mouse support this time around), you must guide your craft throughout each level's twisting maze of walls and objects, with the ultimate goal of landing at the flag. Some levels are straight exploration or maneuverability challenges, while others have puzzles that require solving before the flag is unlocked. Generally, your choppa is strong enough to handle a few wall bumps, but a glancing blow will ruin your chances at a perfect rating, and colliding too hard means game over. Pressing the [spacebar] will activate your winch manipulator, just the perfect thing for moving objects. As you progress, new aircraft will be unlocked, from the hover-friendly UFO, to the small-and-quick, but difficult to maneuver jetpack, to the slow-but-sturdy hot air balloon, and so on, each with their various quirks and skills to master. With 32 new levels to enjoy, though, you're unlikely to be coming in for a landing any time soon.
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Hanna in a Choppa 2 proves that it is indeed possible to improve on perfection. As before, the cunning level design and satirical writing work together perfectly, without either feeling to be an imposition on the other. What's really great about Hanna in a Choppa 2 is how eager it is to please every segment of it's potential audience. Do you like the physics gameplay? Then you'll love how each level can be replayed with all the different vehicles, creating a host of subtly different, but equally intriguing challenges. Are you a Uber-Completionist Achievement Hunter? Well, Hanna in a Choppa 2 has unlockables and secrets to spare. Are you here for the humor? Then prepare to feel really smart as you click on each of the plentiful puns, parodies, and references to play the "Where's It From Bonus Quiz", where getting the joke gets you some neat rewards. Never played the first game? All the levels from the original are here, revamped for 2012 with all its new vehicles and all new secrets. (Sadly, said original levels are not unlocked from the start, which feels a rare misstep.) While the original set the benchmarks high, Hanna in a Choppa 2 flies above them, making for an instant classic. This is one Choppa that you need to get your browser to, stat.