The bird is the word, swiftly followed by some expletives: Part Two
Last year I reviewed Red Game Without a Great Name (which you can read here). After successfully traversing the sixty levels in Red Game Without a Great Name the mechanical bird returns to his master, but instead of being rewarded with a lovely oil bath he has had his innards ripped out and replaced with new cogs and gears. Not only does this undoubtedly void the bird’s warranty, it also removes his ability to teleport. Thankfully all is not lost as these new parts give birdy a new skill – the ability to manipulate time! To use this new ability you simply swipe the touch screen left and right. This change will be a welcome one to those who found it difficult to teleport the bird accurately in the first game as it makes Green Game: Timeswapper slightly easier (I say slightly because again the further you progress the more difficult the levels become).
In Green Game: Timeswapper your mission is to collect knowledge about the hostile green world you are thrown into. This involves making your way across the game’s fifty levels avoiding spiked gates, pistons and blades of windmills, while at the same time collecting gears. As with the first game our little mech-bird is restricted to linear movements so you have to use steam pipes to alter the direction he travels. This is where your ability to control time comes in handy as it allows you to activate the steam pipes and also deactivate traps. All these elements will change depending on the timeframe (which is shown on the pipes and traps) and there is a handy spotlight in the middle of the screen indicating which one you are in so you don’t forget.
Compared to the Red Game nothing much has changed graphically apart from all the red being replaced by green and again the funky soul jazz soundtrack compliments the game really well. The trophy list is pretty much the same as Red Game too with trophies popping for completing the game, collecting all the gears and for dying numerous times (this time around you only have to die 1000 times and there is a handy death counter on the loading screen). Everyone’s favourite Gold trophy for flawlessly finishing (that’s collecting the three gears and not dying) all the levels also makes a comeback, but Green Game: Timeswapper is generally easier to play than its predecessor so none of these should be too hard to achieve.
Green Game: Timeswapper is another “pick up and play / just one more go” gem from iFun4All. Even though it is set in the same world as the Red Game and looks the same (apart from all the green) it feels fresh and different. If you enjoyed the challenge of the first game you’ll enjoy this too. Even if you found the first game too difficult you should give Green Game: Timeswapper a chance as it is slightly more forgiving.
(SPOILER) At the start of the game you’ll see a massive hint about a likely third game (Blue Game) to complete the trilogy. Fingers crossed it also makes its way onto the PS Vita too as I’m not ready to let my mechanical bird fly free just yet.
NelMaNo Rating – 8/10