Sometimes a little duckling in the gutter has got dreams. Big dreams. Dreams of a training montage that ends with a big, shiny crown placed on its feathered cranium. Well, thanks to Sims5000, you can live out those dreams in the new training sim Duck Life 2. It's bigger, better, and duckier than ever.
The goal of the game is to take your little duck through four areas with three races each, and then compete in the championship semi-final and final in Japan, for which the reward is not only the shiny gold crown of your dreams, but a ton of gold, some fun cheats, and access to a level editor. But if you try to leap right into the races, you're going to fall on your little downy behind. You need to play four minigames to train up your stats in climbing, running, flying, and swimming.
All four minigames are controlled with the [arrow] keys and are primarily tests of your reflexes: if you see a ball coming in the running test, hit the [up] arrow to jump over it; hit the [up] arrow to jump over obstacles and the [down] arrow to dive under them in the swimming test; use the [left] and [right] arrows to dodge obstacles in the climbing test; and finally, use the [up] and [down] arrows to avoid obstacles in the flying test. The longer you last, the more levels you will go up at a time, but even if you really suck at a particular event, it's not a big deal, because even if you only last a few seconds, you'll go up at least one level, and then it's a matter of slow and steady winning the duck race. You also earn coins, which you can spend on increasing your level limit, and on building your energy, which is necessary for the races.
Once you've trained up your duck's stats, the actual races involve no player input at all. Instead, you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the clever artwork (the Japanese levels are particularly cute, as is only right). Winning races also unlocks various customizations for your duck, such as hats and paint schemes. You can even deck your bird out in various national flags. Unfortunately, once you've beaten the game, there really isn't that much of a reason to stick around. You'll already have bought everything there is to buy, and the level editor just isn't that much fun. Yes, after getting your crown, you're nothing but a lame duck.
If you took to Gone to the Dogs like a duck to water, you'll want to get all your ducks in a row and try this game. Or else leave yourself a sitting duck to further puns. I've got an idiom dictionary and I'm not afraid to use it!