Zen Bound® 2 Universal Review
- Familiar gameplay with new modes to explore.
- Jaw-dropping visuals that literally scorch your iDevice.
- Bursting at the seams with new content.
- Still similar enough to prevent those who disliked the original from switching their minds.
Once again, the lines between art and gaming have been blurred in Zen Bound 2; there are some moments of déjà vu, but fans and newcomers alike should treat themselves to this latest prose in game form.
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We've walked down this path before; there's a quiet sense of guilt in taking pleasure over tying up inanimate objects with rope. Zen Bound 2 by Secret Exit builds upon their already excellent title by pushing iDevices to their visual limits while adding more content and modes to enjoy.
The key to mastering Zen Bound is simplicity in itself, with smooth and intuitive gestures allowing players to twist each object in the ultimate goal of painting it from a neutral wooden state. Swiping will push your object around its axis; double touches allow you to turn the object along its side; and rotating your iPhone will reorient the rope to allow for perfect accuracy. Two new features in the form of nail and rope 'paint bombs' have been added on to various puzzles, opening the doors to some truly bizarre new shapes to conquer.
If you thought the original title was beautiful, then you're in for a serious shock as Zen Bound 2 has once again reached a new level of visual excellence. Each iDevice is natively supported and those lucky enough to have an iPhone 3GS or better will be treated to smooth anti-aliased shapes and stunning visual effects.
Zen Bound 2 may be more of the same, but with this release the gameplay and style have reached near perfection. With hours of contemplative content to explore fans of the original can hardly be disappointed and those yet to try this title have something truly beautiful to experience; this is graceful gaming at its finest.
PLEASE NOTE: The additional OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics are only available for the iPhone 3GS/4, iPod Touch 3G and iPad, however it should still run on all devices.
DescriptionZen Bound 2 is the sensational sequel to the most critically acclaimed iPhone game ever.
Features & Improvements on the original:
* More beauty, over 100 levels, new gameplay modes with paint bombs
* 45-minute soundtrack from 'Ghost Monkey'
* Universal App: scales perfectly to devices running iOS 4.3 or newer (iPhone 3GS and up)
* Retina Display and Gyro sensor support
* Beautiful graphics (fancy shaders, realistic lighting)
* Game Center achievements
Zen Bound 2 is a meditative puzzle game of wrapping rope around wooden sculptures. It is a tactile game, with a focus on making rope, wood and stone look and feel real and believable. The dusty and soothing atmosphere is a combination of beautiful visuals and a unique down-tempo soundtrack.
All levels from the original Zen Bound are included, all with visual upgrades, some with new gameplay. New levels include the Tree of Tribute, featuring guest stars from independently developed iPhone games.
Awards won by Zen Bound:
Macworld - iPhone Game of the Year
IGF Mobile 2009 - Best iPhone Game
IGF Mobile 2009 - Audio Achievement
IMGA - Excellence in 3D
Best of IGN 2009 - Award for Visual Excellence
Best of IGN 2009 - Award for Excellence in Sound
Pocket Gamer Awards 2010 - Most Innovative Game
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What's New in Version 2.6.0- Support for the iPhone5 and iOS6
- Minimum requirement now iOS 4.3
(3GS and newer devices supported)
- Highlights our new game: "Eyelord", out now!