Joining Hands 2 Review
- Mechanics drenched in adorable positivity.
- Stages allow for plenty of experimentation.
- Solutions are too easily stumbled upon.
- While new elements are introduced frequently, the concept quickly becomes stale.
This smart, cutey puzzler isn't just for kids, but you may find that its charms wear off after a while.
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A meteor has crashed in the whispering woods. The denizens of the forest, the Peablins, go to investigate. The investigation might take a while though. It seems the only way these cute little creatures can advance is to hold hands until everyone is happy. It might seem a bit of a weird strategy, but this is for Joining Hands 2, it's just another day in the office.
Each Peablin has a different number of hands. The grabby blobs must be arranged on the game board so that no hand is left unheld. This hand holding system is complicated by the need to place Peablins of specific tiles to collect stars. As you continue, more types of Peablin appear. Some can only be played on or next to rocks, while some cannot be moved at all. There's even a happy place, where a Peablin resting there will not have to hold hands with anyone.
The Peablin placement options are kept pretty open, with the game allowing you to drag, swap, and move without any penalty. Often, you'll come across a solution just through playing around with the arrangements.
Even with the constant addition of new characters however, our interest did start to fade as time went on. Perhaps it's because the game is geared towards a younger audience (as evidenced by the generous hint system), but it does feel like once you've helped a few of these little guys hold hands, you've helped them all.
That said, while some might be turned off by the sugary presentation, it's nice to see a game based around such a positive concept. Its appeal may be limited, but Joining Hands 2 is a solid experience that is probably worth a look for puzzle fans.
Description*** Big Holiday Discount! ***
A charming sequel to the handtastic puzzle game hit Joining Hands!
"There’s a gentle warmth in every moment, in the sweet character and audio design, in the thematic concept of holding hands, and especially in the very forgiving hint system."
Cult of Mac 4/5
"Perfect for the person who enjoys puzzlers that challenge you to think, but are easy to put down at a moment's notice."
On a starry night, the adorable little Peablins are woken up by a blazing ball of fire crashing into the far corner of Whispering Woods. What could it be? Join the Peablins, solve cuddly puzzles and find out!
Joining Hands 2 is intuitive and easy to play; drag and drop the Peablins so that everyone is holding hands. The level of challenge increases as the Peablins get more hands and new types of Peablins are introduced. Try to collect all the stars from each level too!
The original Joining Hands is featured in the book ”iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies” as an excellent family friendly title!
- More than 140 fun and challenging levels
- Eight kinds of adorable Peablin characters
- Unlimited hint system: Never get stuck
- Fun for all ages: No violence, no time limits, no pressure
- Great for child and parent cooperative puzzling
- Cute graphics and joyful soundtrack
- Ten Game Center achievements