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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cordy 2, like its predecessor, is a side-scrolling platform game that offers a taste of the game for free, but then requires players to buy the game (via in-app purchase) after just four levels. That's smart from a business perspective, but kids may not realize they'll be forced to buy the full game when they download it. The app also has several other in-app purchase options for costumes and hats for players who like to personalize their game, and many are fairly expensive. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Cordy navigates a series of environments, jumping, racing, and swinging to progress, while dodging enemies. He can also fast-travel through circuits by \"plugging\" into them -- and walk on walls and get speed boosts with the help of a magnet ally. Buttons on the bottom left of the screen control his direction, while others on the bottom right side are used to jump, plug in, and get speed boosts. Along the way, he must look for \"zaps,\" which give him more power.
Is it any good?
As a platformer, Cordy 2 is nearly as good as its predecessor -- which is a pretty high bar. It's a bit more difficult in spots, though, which could frustrate younger players. And the try-then-buy model will still come as a surprise to many people (though four levels should be enough to let you know if you'll like the game enough to feel the price is fair). The customizing options remain a waste of player money.
Like the Sonic games, Cordy 2 is largely about navigating strange lands and collecting gears and zaps (rather than Sonic's rings). The graphics are bright and lively. The soundtrack is catchy. And the game's pacing is terrific. It's a great option for anyone who loves platform games.