Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows via Disney Afternoon Collection
When I played the first Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers game the other day, I wasn't as impressed with the game as I'd hoped or expected to be, so I really wasn't sure what to expect going into the sequel. Is it going to be more of the same? More of mostly the same but more polished? A redirection? The last option would be ideal in my opinion, and while that wasn't the case, it did at least do what Duck Tales 2 did; it took the gameplay and formula from the first game and just made it better.
In terms of visuals and sound, the everything is pretty much identical to the first game. Same music, same sprites, same animations for the most part. It seem that there's less noticeable flicker on the sprites in this game which was a nice improvement, but by and large, the look is the same. The feel is where some improvements begin to be noticeable. Everything from jumping to throwing projectiles at enemies feels just a bit tighter and more refined. That may be placebo effect - it's a sequel, so I expect it to be better - but regardless of the reason, I did feel as if I had some better control in this game, leading to an overall more enjoyable experience.
I also found the level design to be markedly improved here. While the levels are still significantly shorter, more straightforward, and more numerous than those in Duck Tales, there did seem to be a bit more depth and thought put into the levels in Rescue Rangers 2 than in the first game; some vertical movement thrown in to spice up the otherwise left-to-right level design as well as having levels broken into a few different screens to keep things somewhat interesting. The boss battles felt as if a lot more care had been put into their development as well. Instead of having a red ball just magically there for you to throw at bosses, you had to dodge boss attacks until one ended up providing you with a projectile to pick up and throw. The boss attack patters felt a bit easier to dodge than in the first game, but because you had to wait for a weapon to throw, it gave the bosses a feel of being a challenge rather than just "hard."
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 definitely features a range of subtle improvements over the first game while maintaining the look, sound, and overall feel of its predecessor. These improvements, however, definitely mark it as a much superior game to the first Rescue Rangers. I still wasn't enthralled with the game overall - give me either Duck Tales game, please - but this was a welcome step in the right direction and much more enjoyable experience for me than the previous game.
My Rating - 3 Neps
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