Also available on Windows
Army Men 2 is the direct sequel to the first Army Men, but unlike the Game Boy Color port of the first game, this one isn't a particularly faithful adaptation of the PC version. It still keeps a few of the iconic scenes, but whereas Army Men on Game Boy Color was a slimmed down version of the PC game, Army Men 2 on Game Boy Color is a "based on" situation.
The game follows the same story as the PC version on a very basic level. You play as Sarge in the "real world" where everything is GIGANTIC because you're literally just a toy soldier. Unlike the PC game, you don't got back and forth between the toy world and the real world, but the three or four environments you play in are pretty dope. You fight in the front yard of a house, on the kitchen cabinet of the house, and in the basement (or maybe toy room?). The story is bare bones - you have to find the primary Tan base on the real world and destroy it.
Visually, Army Men 2 look very similar to Army Men, but the environments are a lot more detailed and attractive, and everything generally looks just slightly more detailed and refined than in the first game. The biggest improvement, though, is the music. It still isn't great, but it's a hell of a lot better and less painful than the music in the first game. It's still repetitive, but it's much better repetitive music. One thing that I found disappointing (but something that only a hardcore fan would notice) is that the voice clips are repeated from the first game whereas in the PC versions, the second game has COMPLETELY different voice clips than the first game.
The biggest improvement over the first game is the controls. The difference is like night and day. The controls still aren't perfect, but they're quick and responsive whereas the first game's controls were slow and painfully cumbersome. The aiming is the same as the first game and still takes a good bit of getting used to, but once you do get used to it, it's pretty easy to get your shots on target. The first game felt like a chore to control, but this game feels completely natural is actually fun.
Army Men 2 is a huge improvement over the first Game Boy Color Army Men in pretty much every way. The only thing it did worse was staying true to the source material. Other than that, it's an improvement all around. The sound design is much better, the visuals are a little better, and the control is SIGNIFICANTLY better. I couldn't recommend Army Men on GBC to anyone, but I actually would recommend Army Men 2 on GBC. I wouldn't pay more than $5 max for a cartridge, but if you can find one that cheap or emulate it, it's worth playing. It's not an amazing game, mind you, but it's fun and a HUGE step up from its predecessor.
My Rating - 3 Neps
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