Anomaly 2 Review
- Morphing ability adds an extra layer of strategy.
- Core tower offence gameplay is as solid as ever.
- Huge campaign.
- Looks astonishing.
- Bar the morphing ability, nothing much has changed.
- Not ideal pick-up-and-play fodder.
Though it doesn't rewrite the tower offense rulebook, Anomaly 2's meaty campaign, gorgeous visuals, and new morphing mechanic make it a worthy successor.
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When Anomaly Warzone Earth rolled onto the App Store two years ago, it made a big impact. Not only did it popularise the now well-established tower offense genre, it proved you could port high-quality PC releases to the App Store without compromising too much functionality.
Anomaly 2, the first true sequel after the Anomaly Korea expansion, brings back the futuristic sci-fi warfare that made the original game so popular, and adds just enough bells and whistles to warrant you giving the franchise a second visit.
The big addition to the gameplay this time out is the ability to morph units. As before, you have to guide a convoy of military units through the streets of devastated cities. These burnt out monuments to civilisation are teeming with alien defence turrets, which you must either avoid or destroy if you are to reach your goal.
The map screen remains unchanged, allowing you choose your route through the city in advance, and make tactical redirections on the fly. However, the tanks and artillery under your command can now transform into mechs or airships with a swift double-tap.
As well as looking pretty sweet, these secondary vehicle states come with different attack capabilities. For example, your bog-standard Hound unit can transform into a mech with dual flamethrowers, making it more effective at close range. Your Guard unit, which neuters the effectiveness of enemy attacks when close, morphs into an airship which deploys shielding around your squad.
This dual functionality brings an extra tactical layer to the standard Anomaly formula, and helps kick the franchise out of its well-worn groove. Managing unit upgrades and monitoring your route while deploying power-up like the decoy beacons and health boosts has always been a challenge. Throw in the need to morph your troops mid-volley to exploit an enemy's weakness - or avoid activating a dormant threat - and you've got yourself a true test of your multitasking capabilities.
Beyond the morphing ability, however, not an awful lot has changed. It's noticeably prettier than its predecessor, but the style is consistent with the series. The missions still switch between all-out assaults, escort details, and timed defensive manouvers. As before, you'll need to set aside a decent chunk of time to complete some of the more involved mission, making it touch to pick-up and play in short bursts.
However, as a solid sequel with a little added depth and an extra serving of eye-candy, Anomaly 2 acquits itself admirably. It doesn't rewrite the rulebook, but it does add a couple of pages, and badazzle the cover.
DescriptionPLEASE NOTE: Anomaly 2’s super-demanding graphics can cause low performance on iPhone 4. iPhone 4S and newer devices are recommended.
The Apple Design Award-winning Anomaly series returns to usher in the next-generation of tower offense with Anomaly 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth.
""Anomaly 2 is everything Anomaly fans could have ever wanted in a true sequel...It's easy to see that this will be one of the top games released this year." — Touch Arcade, 5/5, Game of the Week
"Anomaly 2's meaty campaign, gorgeous visuals, and new morphing mechanic make it a worthy successor." — AppSpy, 5/5 "Great"
"One of the best mobile games I’ve played this year, Anomaly 2 is a tour de force!"— Godisageek, 9/10
"Anomaly 2 is a well polished, detailed, addictive and increasingly deep tower attack game." — Capsule Computer, 95%
"Anomaly 2 is bigger and better than ever." — 148Apps, 4/5
"Anomaly 2 is everything fans would have asked for, and is a very easy sale for existing Anomaly nuts." — Modojo, 4/5
“The game looks absurdly good.” — PocketGamer, 8/10
TAKE BACK THE EARTH
Lead the Yukon convoy across a post-apocalyptic wasteland to fight for mankind's survival against the alien machines in an epic single player campaign. Use over one million tactical combinations including troops that morph into game-changing war mechs to overcome the enemy's gauntlet.
CHALLENGE THE WORLD IN ONLINE MULTIPLAYER
Connect with friends via Game Center and wage epic battles of tower defense vs. tower offense. Play as the towers and destroy the humans or lead the humans to annihilate the alien towers.
CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
Anomaly 2's new engine delivers exceptional presentation in the palm of your hand. Jaw-dropping scale, incredible visual detail and phenomenal special effects - this is unlike anything you've seen running on a mobile device before!
• The highly anticipated sequel to awarding-winning Anomaly: Warzone Earth and Anomaly Korea
• A massive story-driven campaign with alternate endings to uncover
• Multiple ways to play with over one million tactical combinations and transforming troops
• Online multiplayer — tower defense vs. tower offense across five maps
• Jaw-dropping visuals and presentation powered by Anomaly 2's new engine
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