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Be2 - Escape from Pingland Review

By , on October 5, 2010


Be2 - Escape from Pingland
  • Publisher: Kismik
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 22 Sep, 2010
  • Size: 53.1 MB
  • Price: FREE!
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4 out of 5

PROS

  • Unique physics based Pong gameplay.
  • Large complex levels that jumps genres.
  • Clever storyline and dialogue.

CONS

  • Hard to master controls; requires a lot of patience to get somewhat comfortable.

VERDICT

'Be2 - Escape from Pongland' may not be an easy game to enjoy, but the storyline and gameplay can be fun, if somewhat challenging to master.


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Be2 is a pixel and he's sick of being battered back and forth like a ball on a court for the rest of his electronic life. In 'Be2 - Escape from Pongland' by Kismik, you'll need to manipulate the acceleration of this pixel to navigate him through dastardly mazes and games he was never intended to be in as he quests for freedom from the video game world.

In order to get Be2 around these various environments you'll need to impart added momentum to his movement as he constantly glides or bounces around the screen. Annoyingly, the system isn't terribly intuitive, using a physics based vector style of introducing acceleration to the pixel in the direction your swipe. The level of acceleration can be multiplied by touching with two fingers, but accurately moving around the screen can be maddening to perfect, especially when vertical or horizontal acceleration is disabled in certain areas. A practice area can help you to fine-tune your movement skills, but adding obstacles in the mix can quickly throw you for a loop.

However, should you take the plunge you'll be enveloped in a clever and at times witty adventure where you'll dive through classic games (and some not so classic 'pixel hell' areas) that are immediately recognizable and clever lighting adds to the challenge of maze-like rooms.

'Be2 - Escape from Pongland' isn't an easy game to enjoy, but something about its charm and clever style keeps dragging me back despite the intense challenge. Approach this game with caution, but should you hang on you'll be duly rewarded.

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Comments

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alexiob 4 years ago

Hi Andrew
I'm Alessandro Iob, the Be2 developer. I just want to thank you for the great review.
Regarding the control problems, I've just uploaded a new version of the game (that should be available in a few days) that adds a new joystick controller. It should be more intuitive and easy to get. I've also added Game Center support, difficulty level selection (it make a real difference on the most difficult levels like Doodle Paddle) and fixed some crashes on older devices with iOS 3.x.
Thank you again for the review!
Cheers,
Alessandro

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andrew 4 years ago

Hi Alessandro, could you please contact me direct at andrewn@appspy.com to let me know when the update goes live? Great to hear about the proposed changes and I look forward to trying them out :)