Absolute power corrupts absolutely... and really, really weird... ly. (Sun Tzu said that, probably. Or maybe Abraham Lincoln. Look it up.) robotJAM and longanimals, heady off their victory with CycloManiacs, have opened a new theme park with the same goal as all budding entrepreneurs... world domination. They've trained all their best riders to be deadly ninja assassins, and it's up to you and your mad cycling skillz to stop them in the new racing game CycloManiacs 2. You'll be exploring Ninja World this time, the deadly theme park crafted by the creators, and by completing races under certain conditions you'll unlock new characters and items that will help you gain access to other areas, and eventually the lair of the supervillains themselves. Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to control yourself during races, balancing speed with stability; performing sweet tricks in the air is tempting, but just make sure you land neatly or you'll wipe out and find your opponents thumbing their noses at you as they speed past. Use your winnings between races to upgrade your cyclist to be a racing machine; in the world of CycloManiacs, there's no shame in a little painful testing and performance-enhancing rider augmentation!
Leave it to Turbonuke (the combined superpowers of robotJAM and longanimals) to craft a sequel that captures the wild spirit of fun and unfettered weirdness of the original, but also takes it off into strange and wonderful new directions. They've kept the great gameplay and quirky style players loved, and built up around it with an entertaining new premise and new surprises. There are mini-games and little point-and-click puzzles hidden around as well, which rewards those of you intrepid (and nosy) enough to click around your base of operations. The controls are still sensitive in a way that might put off players who prefer simpler racing games, but if you've got the patience to master the balance and the speed, you'll find a lot to love here. With a massive amount of things to unlock, secrets to find, races to win, and a world to save to boot, CycloManiacs 2 hasn't reinvented the genre (or the wheel) but still takes you on one wild and weird ride.