When aniwey's Candy Box! came out earlier this year, we'd never seen anything like it. A deceptively simple looking webtoy that appeared to be all about generating candies for no good reason, yet with a remarkable amount of hidden depth, charm, and humour. Well, hopefully you weren't planning on getting anything done today, because Candy Box 2 has arrived. Able to run by itself in another browser tab, initially all you seem to be able to do is generate candies second by second you can either scarf down or throw on the ground Lonely Island style. But give it a while and you'll find there's a lot more in here than just tooth decay. Like... a lot more.
Unlike its predecessor, Candy Box 2 doesn't play things quite so close to the chest and feels a lot more straightforward as a result. It's less unexpectedly goofy and clever, which is sort of to be expected since the original was so, well, original. That, of course, isn't to say Candy Box 2 doesn't have its fair share of surprises, and there's a lot of content to unlock if you have the patience to "grind" for it by letting the game run and amassing all of its currencies. It feels a bit more like Gold and Gems this time around, but with more to discover. If you prefer a more structured, less obscure path of progression, you'll probably appreciate the sequel's design a lot more, though players who enjoyed precisely that weirdness from before may lament the loss of the unrelenting whimsy. Give it a chance, however, and you'll discover that a lot of what you loved is still there... it's just better hidden and requires more time.
As before, a large part of the fun of Candy Box 2 is discovering for yourself what everything does and what you can unlock, so reviewing the specifics of the new content would spoil a lot. This time around, you can manually save your game in different slots and set it to autosave for you at regular intervals, which makes the whole process a lot more user friendly than having to write down codes. You can even share your save file with other people! What secrets lie within the legendary Candy Box? That's for you to find out! (Remember to use spoiler tags for your comments below!)
Thanks to Corsaire for sending this one in!