If you’re a fan of puzzle games and you’re looking for a challenge, look no further, A-Men 2 is the game for you. Journey through labyrinth type 2D maps with a goofy cast of characters, but be warned, prepare to die… a lot.
The objective of A-Men 2 is to travel to the end of the maps and reach the heli-pad. Sounds easy right? Well you’ll encounter several puzzles and tasks to complete during each level, with a swarm of guards running you down any chance they get. During each level you will control a minimum of two characters, toggling between them whenever you wish to move them. Once you reach the heli-pad at the end of the level you will receive a cash reward which you can spend on upgrading your skills. There are 5 characters in A-Men 2, each with their own special skills. There is Atom, a soldier equipped with a rifle, grenades and explosives. Antler the engineer, who has the ability to construct and deconstruct bridges, as well as camouflage landmines. Anaconda the commando, who can sprint, parachute down large drops, and use a grappling hook. Aurelius the muscle man, basically the tank who can push and throw objects. Finally there is Aardvark the spy/master of disguise.
Over the duration of A-Men 2‘s 16 levels you will use each characters skill set to maneuver past guards or kill them, use boulders to collapse bridges, and activate generators to operate elevators. There are also extra objectives you can choose to complete for extra rewards. While doing these tasks you’ll fall to your death several times, be cornered by guards and stabbed with bayonets, and generally just get stuck. A-Men 2 is extremely challenging, and if you don’t plan out every little move you’ll find yourself having a tough time. To use certain skills for each character you will need to collect the skill blocks, and most of the time the map only has the exact amount of skill blocks you will need to reach the finish. So say you’re the soldier and you collect a skill block to use the rifle, you better make that shot count.
There is a bit of a learning curve to playing A-Men 2. It takes time to get used to not only the controls but to each character and their skill set, as well as toggling the skills and characters on the fly. At first it can be a game of patience, scanning the map and making a plan of attack. Most maps have one check point so if you’re not careful you can wind up back where you started in the blink of an eye.
As for the graphics in A-Men 2, there’s not much to say. They are pretty much what you’d expect and there’s nothing wrong with that. The cartoonish style for the characters and maps suits the game well. The sound is what really becomes an issue with A-Men 2. Since the game is extremely difficult and you’ll be restarting the level numerous times, be prepared to here the same music looping over and over. Not just the music but the characters themselves can become a tad annoying. Each character has witty little one liners they will say whenever you toggle to the character or perform a task. At first these one liners are humerus and entertaining, but after hearing the same lines over and over during the levels you’ll be tempted to play the game on mute.
Despite it’s flaws A-Men 2 is a solid puzzle game that will be sure to give you quite a challenge. By polishing your skills, beating your completion times, and gaining extra cash, A-Men 2 will sure keep all fans of the puzzle genre entertained for hours.
Title: A-Men 2
Format: Playstation 3 & PS Vita
Developer & Publisher: Bloober Team
Release Date: November 5th 2013