Glyder 2 is a fun, engaging game where you fly around incredible landscapes collecting crystals. These crystals are spread out over several different locations, each location with its own theme; ice, fire, water, etc. Along the way you can complete different tasks, in the shape of mini-games to unlock different clothes or wings by landing on platforms throughout each location.
To tell you the truth, at first I didn’t like this game. It seemed boring and mundane, just soaring around gathering up crystals, but then I landed on a mini-game platform. There are a few types of mini-games; check point races, pick up and drop, and a timed gathering spree where you want to collect as many objects as you can before time runs out. These mini games really turned Glyder 2 around in my eyes.
The gameplay is challenging but not so much so that you want to quit. I played for an hour straight just because I couldn’t get to a certain crystal and couldn’t figure out why. The problem was that I was unaware that I could fly to the other locations directly from the beginning of the game. I was under the impression that each location was self-solving. In fact, they aren’t. You have to do what you can in each location and travel back once you have the necessary objectives met. The one thing I would change with this is that it would have been nice to have a little more direction, at least in the beginning of the game of what I needed to do and how I could accomplish it. However, the more you play Glyder 2, the more things come together.
The controls are incredibly simple. It uses the iPhone/iPod Touch build in accelerometer to determine which way you will fly. Simply tilt forward to dive down and tilt back to lift up. Tilt left or right to turn left or right. Crashing into the ground never really becomes a problem. Once you think you are too close there always seems to be a well place boost or a wind (called a “thermal” in the game) to help you achieve more height.
Visually, Glyder 2 is fantastic. The locations are stunning, yet not over done. The audio is also very well matched with the visuals. For example, when you dive you get a swooshing air sound. Plus the background music is a great match for a flying game. With its simple yet enticing gameplay, I ended up really liking Glyder 2. I certainly won’t be deleting it anytime soon and after you purchase it I bet you it will have great staying power on your own device.
Overall Value for it’s $.99 price point
Overall Value: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars4.5 Graphics: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars4.0 Sound: 0.0 out of 5.0 stars Controls: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars5.0