The Collider 2

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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High-speed sci-fi endless runner is fun but repetitive.

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Positive Messages

Good pilot in tiny ship versus bad aliens in giant ship. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Other than being told players are best pilots on planet, aliens only want to blow planet up; characters don't really have any story, personality to speak of.

Ease of Play

Controls are easy; all you do is steer. Even shooting is done automatically. What's hard is the speed at which everything rushes at you.

Violence

Lots of big lasers, bigger explosions, things falling apart around you, but it's all done to, by mechanical ships, which don't bleed.

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Consumerism

Sequel to The Collider, a fast-paced speed run set in a particle accelerator. This one is set in space, features support for Oculus, HTC Vive.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Collider 2 is a downloadable arcade game that puts players in the pilot's seat screaming through the innards of a giant alien spaceship. You're pretty much an expendable pilot and a generic hero without much in the way of a story. The game is easy to learn but hard to master, with you simply maneuvering your ship to dodge obstacles and navigate through the belly of the alien mother ship. There's a lot of action and destruction constantly going on all around you, but there's nothing blood or gory. Basically, it's like a virtual roller coaster ride.

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What's it about?

In THE COLLIDER 2, when a giant alien mother ship makes a beeline for your planet, it looks like the end. The massive invader has the planet outmatched, outsized, and outgunned. But all hope isn't lost. The planet still has you, a hotshot pilot in a space-age fighter that's armed to the teeth. You'll dive headlong into action, flying straight at and into the inner workings of the alien ship. You'll need quick reflexes to navigate the tight corridors and dodge the ship's various defenses. It's a sci-fi endless runner where speed kills, but it also pays: The faster you move, the better you'll score, earning credits that can be used to upgrade the ship of the next flyboy or flygirl who follows you on the steady stream of suicide missions.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about space exploration. What sorts of things do you think are there to discover, and is it somewhere you would want to explore?

  • Talk about challenging your personal best. Does it feel good when you repeat a mission in a game or a task in life and do better than you did the first time?

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