LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias Review
- Publisher: Frontier Developments Ltd
- Genre: Adventure
- Released: 10 May, 2012
- Size: 136.5 MB
- Price: $3.99
- Slick single-touch controls; optional virtual pad available.
- Gorgeous environments that invite and reward diligent exploration.
- Summer/Winter system gives each area and its puzzles more depth.
- No option to turn off time-slowing; helpful for some, but sluggish and unnecessary for others.
- Performance concerns on iPads.
Return fans of LostWinds will fall in love all over again with LostWinds2, but new players aren't excluded as the game's inviting visuals and exploration-based gameplay is a treat for all gamers.
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When last we met Toku and the wind-spirit Enril, the evil spirit Balasar was defeated and all was well in Mistralis. It was a short, but intriguing journey filled with exploration and a handful of puzzles, and now with more evil threatening the lands, it's up to Toku and Enril to once again save the world.
Ultimately LostWinds felt all too short, almost a teaser of what is possible when platforming meets gesture controls. The sequel takes things even further, implementing fixes from the original title and providing players with even more puzzles, enemies and a larger world to explore.
Aside from the usual method of tapping and swiping to move and generate wind, players can switch on a virtual-stick if tapping isn't proving to be intuitive enough. New powers revolve around the now winter-y world with enemies facing the deadly 'cold snap' (freezing), vortexes can be used to generate snowballs to pummel through walls or hold down switches, and thanks to a new power you'll be able to switch between Summer and Winter, controlling the weather and opening or closing paths thanks to the changes in flowing water.
As always there are collectables to distract and challenge you, feeding directly in to the fun that comes from exploring new areas thanks to having unlocked new abilities; it's the Metroid-vania formula done right.
As a result LostWinds 2 feels meatier and there's more time to absorb the game's resplendent world. Even if you missed out on the original title, this is a platformer well-worth grabbing.
DescriptionThe award-winning, enchanting ‘LostWinds’ adventure continues! Amazing new season-switching gameplay. Incredible new wind powers at the tips of your fingers. Beautiful visuals. Expansive new environments to explore. Charming new characters, and an absorbing storyline. Each element builds on the success of the first game to make ‘LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias’ an unmissable experience on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Switch seasons back and forth between Winter and Summer at will, and use all Enril the Wind Spirit’s awesome new elemental powers - plus those from the first game - to successfully guide and protect the young boy Toku. Evil Balasar has sent a poisonous, powerful adversary and a host of new minions to thwart your ongoing battle to lift his curse and save the enchanting world of Mistralis.
A quest to rescue Toku’s mother, Magdi, becomes a race against time through spectacular and richly interactive new regions of Mistralis. Toku and Enril journey through the picturesque Summerfalls Village – now beset by a sinister eternal winter and living in fear of Snow Monsters - to the frozen mountains of Chilling Peaks and the magnificent, seemingly deserted Melodia City. They come to realize that the shadowy hand of Balasar has entwined Magdi’s immediate fate with the disappearance of the ancient Melodia people centuries ago…
- Harness the brilliance of nature: Sonte, Spirit of Seasons' astonishing powers let you instantly transform Mistralis between Summer and Winter at will to aid your progress
- Frozen Winter ponds and waterfalls become teeming Summer pools in which Toku can dive and unlock secrets
- Form snowballs from the air or manipulate moisture-laden clouds to help with your quest
- Master Enril’s rediscovered incredible cyclone power, using it to transport Toku, smash powerful enemies and even drill through the rock around you
- Expansive new regions of Mistralis provide spectacular arenas for Toku’s jumps and glides
- New enemies and familiar foes to buffet, smash, freeze, burn and douse
- New characters to befriend and puzzles to solve on your adventure to reveal the secret of the Melodias’ disappearance..
- Includes Game Center integration and Achievements
- The ‘Snapshot’ feature lets you add game characters to your own photos and share with friends
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ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Mild Fantasy Violence.
Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB.
Australian Government Classification Board classification: G
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