I won’t lie to you; all I wanted to do last night was watch Twin Peaks and nurse my man flu with tea and Soothers. Alas, I had to dedicate several long hours to playing a freakin’ smartphone game. It’s a hard life being me.
On the plus side, I remembered I’d installed iBlast Moki 2 HD (currently free) on my iPad, and as such stayed up till something silly like 3am. As you’d expect from a direct sequel, it’s very much like its predecessor (the aptly-named iBlast Moki) ‘cept better.
As with the original, the aim in iBlast Moki 2 is essentially to get a number of little guys, called – you guessed it – Mokis, to the goal, using a fixed number of items.
Said items include bombs, primarily. There’s the standard bomb for launching Mokis, and also glue bombs, speed bombs, and jump bombs. Oh, and a timer for each bomb; timing is absolutely critical.
Other iBlast Moki 2 items include ropes and metal (with which you can build bridges), and balloons to make Mokis and other bits and bobs float.
The action is split across 90 iBlast Moki 2 levels, encompassing six unique environments, including green hills, red canyons, and a lovely looking blue water world.
And that’s iBlast Moki 2 in a nutshell. Like I said, it’s essentially more of the same, but better.
Having said that, my main gripe about the original remains firmly present. Occasionally, when there’s a multitude of Mokis and items in play, you’ll find yourself grabbing the wrong item and cursing the day the game was invented.
The controls for iBlast Moki 2’s balloons in particular prove irksome, though you can zoom in, and there’s an additional lens thingy in the top right to make things easier. To be fair, most of the time I was probably just being impatient.
iBlast Moki 2 is also remarkably difficult, but while some will find it incredibly - perhaps even too - frustrating, it’s also massively rewarding when you finally nail it. Or you can just use Moki coins to unlock the solution. Whatever works for you.
In any case, those gripes are massively outweighed by iBlast Moki 2’s stellar level design, the vibrant visuals, and the catchy-but-enjoyable little tunes.
Also, having now spent a fair bit of time with iBlast Moki 2, it’s easy to see where a lot of the inspiration for Bad Piggies came from. Which reminds me; iBlast Moki 2 also includes a level editor, and you can share your efforts online. Lovely.
Right, iBlast Moki 2 is still free at the time of writing. What are you waiting for?
- The level design
- The visuals
- The audio
- Things can get a tad cluttered
- Intermittent full-screen ads
- Reeeaaally hard at points
Summary: Use bombs and other items to blast Mokis safely to the goal. iBlast Moki 2 is great. Go get it.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Price: free @ App Store