Frisbee Forever 2
Can Kiloo's sequel hit the dizzy heights of the first game?
Kiloo's Frisbee Forever quickly became one of our favorite titles on the App Store when it was released last year, and so we were more than a little bit eager to get our hands on the follow-up. The first bit of good news is that the core gameplay has been transferred perfectly in this sequel, with more than a few new bells and whistles thrown in as you steer a Frisbee along a series of 3D courses.
You do this in one of two ways: either select tilt controls to steer the Frisbee left or right (a little unwieldy), or use virtual buttons that sit on either side of the screen. We found the latter to be much easier to use, although movement could still be a bit smoother and you'll need to anticipate a slight jerkiness to the response.
However you choose to control the Frisbee, the gameplay remains the same: travel along a rollercoaster ride through hoops, gathering stars to unlock upgrades, whizzing along accelerator strips and enjoying the view as you swoop through the skies. At the end of each level you get a medal award depending on how many stars you managed to pick up, and if you grabbed any gift boxes then your bonus is revealed. Sometimes you'll get a boost to your coins, and sometimes you'll receive a new item to add to your trophy collection, adding further incentive to replay levels.
The journey you take is spread across some absolutely gorgeous environments, from countryside villages, to snow-topped mountains, Mayan cities, and tropical locations. Some of them may be a little over-ambitious for the capabilities of the hardware, and we experienced some stuttering on busier stages, but for the most part they're an absolute treat to fly through. Just don't bump into anything though, or you'll have to restart!
This is a free game, and what was wonderful about the original game is no less wonderful in the sequel. Yes, there is an in-app purchase store where you can top up your coins. Yes, there are some outlandishly expensive (yet cosmetic) items to be had. And yes, I've written extensively in the past about my loathing for an overbearing and restrictive freemium model.
However, as with the first game, you never feel as though you're missing out by not spending money, because the game is simply so much fun to play. It would be nice to have that Royal Crown Frisbee right now, but if I really want it then I'll just play until I get the 32,000 coins it requires. I'll have fun in the process of unlocking it, and the game won't feel like a grind as I do so.
As well as upgrading Frisbees cosmetically, you can also grab bonus upgrades which increase the number of coins that appear in each level, receive better gifts from the little parcels in the game, add a little magnetism to your Frisbee so you don't have to get quite so close to the more perilously placed coins, or just increase the amount of XP you get from missions. These missions are simple affairs, but they set up some nice challenges such as grabbing a specific number of coins, or flying through a very narrow passage.
The music's fantastic too and a particular favorite of ours is the jaunty acoustic music that accompanies the first two stages like an Allman Brothers wind-down session. Elsewhere, eastern pagoda music plays out against the backdrop of a snow-swept Tibetan mountain-range. It's all highly accomplished and slickly produced.
Frisbee Forever is a great example of how simplicity can be a joy in itself. The core gameplay may never evolve beyond steering directionally, flying through hoops, gathering stars and proceeding along a series of on-rails levels. But it's done so competently, and with some much care and attention to detail, that you won't fail to fall in love with Kiloo's new creation.
What's Hot: Great level design, music, scenery and an extensive cosmetic upgrade system.
What's Not: The controls still have a certain amount of jitteriness about them.