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Joust 2 - May 27, '00 by Dorsola
Game:Joust 2Company:Williams
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Four years after Williams released one of its more famous classic games, they released a sequel: Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest. This game, like its predecessor, puts you on a familiar flying steed and pits you against other knights on birds in an effort to knock them off their mounts by being the one on top in a collision. UNLIKE Joust, however, this game has a lot more features. I'll pretty much just summarize them here:
  • Your bird can now transform into a pegasus on a whim. This makes you heavier and stronger.
  • Each level is different. You now have all sorts of different terrains, each with their own unique pros and cons.
  • If an egg drops into the lava (or water in some cases), it re-emerges as a mutant enemy, which is usually extremely fast and powerful.
  • There are now lance-tipped crystal bats which add to the mix, and a mechanical buzzard that drops eggs and crystals, which become bats.
  • When a knight hatches from an egg, he doesn't just stand there, but rather walks around with a lance, which can destroy you if you're not careful.
  • You have a boss enemy: A huge knight-robot thing. In order to defeat it, you simply have to push four buttons with your lance - one of the most pointless bosses I've ever played against, really.
Of course, other than that, the game is pretty much the same as the original Joust. Most of the strategies and even the AI are about the same, even down to the pterodactyl that pops out occasionally to kill you if you take too long. The game does sport higher-resolution graphics and updated sound - including some digitized voices, new sound effects and even some music. But unfortunately, all of these new features and things kinda detract from what was once a simple game. After the first few levels, the game becomes ridiculously hard, and there's extremely little variation in the game each time you play it.
In other words, I feel that the wrong combination of preserving old gameplay elements and adding new ones was achieved in Joust 2. It was a nice try, but it doesn't do much for me, personally. I much prefer the old Joust, just as many other games that had sequels turned out to be better in their original forms.
Still, it's worth a shot. Give it a try and see what you think!
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Play Control
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9
Challenge
Replay Value
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