A while back HeroCraft announced the release of the sequel to the very well known Gibbets game. You can still find the original title out there on the web in game sites that will allow you to play it on the spot, but if you have an Android device lying around you can now also get it on Google Play.
Well if you know what the game is about there isn’t much to explain when it comes to gameplay.
Your goal in Gibbets 2, like in Gibbets, is to save the hangmen by shooting an arrow to the rope that is hanging them. And this is pretty much are there is to explain, of course that you have several ways of achieving that goal that will present themselves as you go further in the game.
When I first tested Gibbets 2 when it came out it didn’t impress me, as it seemed too easy to keep me entertained for long, but a few days back I grabbed it again from Google Play and found out a few improvements that have proven pretty useful.
Regarding longevity you can now choose a difficulty level that will help those that thought the first version that came out too easy and with very few levels.
Well now you have 3 difficulty levels alongside 50 plus puzzling levels.
There is not much to be said about controls aside from what is said in the tutorial once you start the game. All you have to do is drag your finger along the screen to choose the direction and force you want your arrow to go and that’s it.
Bear in mind that the laws of physics are applied in the trajectory of the arrow are there are levels that you can’t finish if you don’t take these into consideration. So if you point the arrow straight and give it low force it will perform an arched trajectory. The same thing applies if you point it up, as everything that goes up eventually ends up coming down.
The sound effects of Gibbets makes the game a little bit sadistic as the hangmen will make painful sounds if you hit them by accident, and most of the times when you hit the rope you will hear them complain in pain also, since the arrow ultimately hits them as well.
You also are presented with a background tune along the levels and the menus and it thought it was a tiny bit annoying, but you can turn it of in the sound options.
Well this is a free game, and as such there are adds pretty much everywhere. This annoyed me to the fullest when I first tried Gibbets 2 as I had to wait 7 seconds between each level in order for all the adds to be displayed and such.
And I have to say that that simple fact made me give up on the game because having to waste 7 seconds of gameplay after levels that most of the time take less than 20 seconds to finish was simply not acceptable to me and fully broke the enjoyment of the game.
The last time I downloaded the application I was pleased to see that that waiting time was dropped from 7 seconds to 3, which is less annoying although still undesirable.
The good part I that they refrained themselves from having advertisements during the levels, which would simply make it unplayable in my opinion.
Of course you can get rid of the advertisements by paying your way out of them but you still have to make the game playable if you want people to want to get rid of the advertisements.
Ultimately and advertisement issues not taken into account I enjoyed playing Gibbets 2, it is a game that promises to keep you entertained in those times you don’t have much to do or are waiting in line for something, for example. Graphics are good, sound, apart from the background tunes, is enjoyable and controls are easy to remember and respond well to your intentions.
It didn’t munched my battery life to a point where I could notice it and the smartphone’s temperature didn’t increase to a point where you would be able to notice it.
So all in all great entertainment game, check it out on Google Play, and remember that you can always get rid of the advertisements.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions