Developer Psym Mobile made a few of the most addicting games to hit the Android platform with Abduction!, Abduction! World Attack!, and Gem Miner with all three games having over 50,000 downloads and ratings above 4.4 stars (out of 5).
Android and Me has learned a follow-up (Abduction! 2) is currently well into the final stages of beta testing, and will likely be released into the Android market by week’s end. We have had a few days now to play with a final release candidate, and find it to be an impressive follow-up that is sure to please fans of the first Abduction! games, as well as any of you who haven’t yet heard of Abduction!
Abduction! 2 is a fairly simple game where users bounce their character from platform to platform in an effort to travel as high as they can go without falling to your death. As usual, there are various power-ups and power-downs along the way to help/hurt your efforts. Abduction! 2 has four gameplay modes–quick game, adventure, classic, and kid modes.
Quick Game Mode
In the quick game mode, the level is unlimited and will continue to throw platforms and obstacles at you until you finally miss and fall to your demise. The goal of the quick game mode is to get the highest score possible by progressing as far as you can through the level.
Adventure mode seems to be the main mode in Abduction! 2, and challenges you to travel across the world to complete multiple levels in each country you travel to. Each country has multiple stages, and the challenge of each stage is to reach the finish line as fast as possible while saving three caged animals along the way. This is actually more challenging than it sounds, as it’s fairly difficult to both save the three animals and complete the level fast enough to earn a gold coin, which is the ultimate objective of each level.
Classic Mode is essentially the same as Adventure mode, but removes the saving the animals component.
Personally, I like the challenge presented by adventure mode, but know that some of you just want to try to get to the top as fast as you can. Psym Mobile acknowledges these preferential differences, and will include both game modes in the final release. It’s up to you to pick which gameplay mode is right for you, but needless to say all of the modes are put together very well, so your experience should be a good one no matter how you choose to play Abduction! 2.
It’s like Abduction! 2, but for the little’uns! Kids mode plays the same as the quick game mode, but makes it easy for your kids by removing the ability to “die.” Miss a platform? No big deal, you’ll bounce right up anyway! Awesome little addition to keep your kids happy/not frustrated. And you know what they say, “If the kids are happy, the parents are happy!”
As we’ve come to expect from the platform jump games, controls are very simple. Simply tilt your phone left or right to steer your character towards the next platform.
Abduction! 2 offers several customization features that modestly enhance gameplay. As you play the Adventure or Classic mode, you will unlock several items such as accessories such as hats, headphones, and magic wands, effects like the sketchy cow or the 8 bit cow, and even characters such as polar bears and penguins. Each of the accessories can be bought with the coins you earn in the Adventure or Classic mode, as you get 3 coins for a gold medal, 2 coins for a silver medal, and 1 for the bronze.
You can add these extras in the customize screen in the main menu.
- Addictive gameplay
- Multiple gameplay modes
- Simple controls
- Tons of customizable content
- Game is BIG – over 9 MB when installed on phone.
Things I’d like to see improved in future releases
- The stages in the Adventure and Classic modes sometimes felt a little too easy to accomplish. I’d like to see them get a little tougher as you progress through each level/country. Yes, there are difficult stages as you progress much deeper into the game, but in my opinion each level/country should have a mix of easy, medium, and difficult stages.
Abduction! 2 is a very strong follow-up to immensely popular Abduction!, and will provide gamers with hours of entertainment. This will be a paid application, setting you back about $3 (1.95 Euro), but I think it would be well worth the money. My humble opinion, of course, but I’d encourage you all to try it out once it drops. Don’t like it within 24 hours? You can always return it.
Abduction! 2 will be hitting the Android Market hopefully around Friday of this week, for around $3. As always, we will keep you updated of information once it hits the Android market.