Parents' Guide to

The Collider 2

By Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

High-speed sci-fi endless runner is fun but repetitive.

Game Windows 2016
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This fast-paced action-racing game gives you the chance to live out a space-jockey fantasy, although you're likely to spend more time smashing into things like an interstellar bug going splat on a giant high-tech windshield. It's sort of a staple of the sci-fi space adventure to have a plucky pilot face off against insurmountable odds to turn the tide of battle and win the day. As clichéd as it seems, The Collider 2 never stops you from imagining what it would be like to sit in the cockpit of that lone fighter, dodging lasers and narrowly avoiding crashes to take out the great big enemy ship. They say speed kills, and in this game it definitely does. Things are whizzing by your head so fast, you barely get a chance to zig before you realize you should've zagged. It's worth noting that playing with a gamepad felt sluggish compared to the accuracy of using a mouse. Regardless of which you choose, the controls are simple enough to allow players to quickly jump into the game. The tutorial could explain things better, but overall, the game is very easy to pick up and play.

While The Collider 2 is initially a lot of fun to play, it still feels a little anemic in terms of content. The story is almost nonexistent and feels like an excuse to let you fly around the insides of a giant ship. You're actually better off imagining your own story or even borrowing one from your favorite sci-fi movie or TV show. The game also suffers from a bad case of repetition. Even rushing through at near light speed, it doesn't take long before you start to realize you've seen this particular tunnel or that particular power core a few times already. Eventually, you find yourself caring less about saving the planet and more about beating your previous high score -- or maybe knocking that Skywalker kid out of the No. 1 spot on the game's online leaderboard.

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