Tiki Towers 2 Review
- Build'em-up and let'em-fall trial and error gameplay.
- Fun atmosphere and bright designs.
- Multiple solutions to many stages.
- Overly sensitive touch controls; zoom-mode can assist, but does not resolve unintuitive design.
- Erase area too broad.
Tiki Towers 2 isn't just more of the same if you loved the original, though it's hard to forgive some of the control quirks and random elements that make this more frustrating than intended.
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While gamers await the coming of World of Goo for the remaining iOS devices it's worth exploring the alternatives as you might just find something interesting enough to hold you over. Tiki Towers 2 is the sequel to the original monkey-filled physics puzzler and the madness starts all over again as you attempt to safely wrangle these furry beasts towards each level's goal.
Each level provides an initial set of hook points on which bamboo and other various structures can be built. While in the building phase you are capable of creating large and elaborate constructions, however once the game starts the whole thing is subjected to gravity and more importantly, monkeys. Unfortunately, accurately developing the structures you require can cause you to have an embolism as you suffer through a system that makes it hard to move around the screen without constantly zooming in and out (to prevent creating structures you don't need) and the obtuse requirement to create, then delete pieces from the screen to create advanced designs.
However with practice, the designs become less of a problem compared to the monkeys themselves. What makes Tiki Towers 2 so interesting is the 'AI' that controls each monkey - allowing them to climb and explore the world with freedom in an attempt to collect bananas and eventually escape the level. This, however, adds a random element that can result in perfectly valid solutions failing as multiple monkeys bounce up and down on a single area, breaking it apart in the process, only to have it work as intended on another attempt with no changes at all.
There are currently 30 levels to explore and you'll need to come up with multiple solutions to several puzzles to branch out and see them all. It's a shame the controls get in the way of an otherwise fun puzzler, but Tiki Towers 2 can still be a challenging and interesting experience if you're willing to invest some time in to it.
Swing into action with an all-new set of primate puzzles in the fantastic sequel to the award-winning hit. The monkeys are back, and this time it's personal!
After acquiring the ceremonial masks of their ancestors, the monkeys head home only to have their airplane shot down by a crazy gorilla dictator. Taking the plane and all the treasures within, the dictator makes for his palatial headquarters across the island. Can the skilled simians make their way through this treacherous monkey republic and defeat the dictator to win back their sacred treasures?
Tackle all 30 new and fascinating levels in this hilarious physics-based challenge and find out. Build bridges and towers out of bamboo, coconuts, and vines to overcome water, lava and other hazards. Clear levels with multiple exits, pick up objects that affect your progress, and use the stick challenge to test your skills. With 10 new awards, a Monkey Theater surprise, and a host of new perils, you'll go ape crazy!
• Tackle 30 all-new physics-based challenges.
• Build bridges and towers out of bamboo, coconuts, and vines to overcome water, lava and other obstacles.
• Employ your monkey smarts to utilize helpful tools such as Magnets and Bolts.
• Clear levels with multiple exits, pick up objects that affect your progress, and use the stick challenge to test your skills.
• Swing through the Monkey Republic using the Island Map level selector.
• Enjoy 10 new awards, a Monkey Theater, smashing audio, and a host of new perils!
Highly recommended for fans of Cut the Rope, Angry Birds, the original Tiki Towers, and other physics-based games.
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What's New in Version 1.3.4+ More accurate eraser
+ Added more bamboo sticks to several levels
+ Fixed an audio bug resulting the game going silent
+ More air in monkey lungs so they don't drown so easily
+ Language support added for French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian