Robot Unicorn Attack stormed the App Store back in June of 2010, but a lot has changed since then including the release of an overload of similar endless runners. Still though, Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is now galloping into the App Store with the same outlandish theme, but with a whole series of new additions. Adult Swim Games, and PikPok have teamed up once again, and have tried to enhance every part of the original. The gameplay is instantly familiar with the ability to jump, double jump, and dash as you leap through a mystical world. That world has been completely redesigned with such a fine polish, and sheen overlaid onto the magical world.
It looks as though you’re running in a brand new world, and it’s amazing to see in motion with the moving backgrounds, and flowing rainbow trail emanating from the unicorn. There’s such a great flow to the overall game with superb speed balance, and super responsive controls of tapping on either the left or right side of the screen. It seems the game gives you the benefit of the doubt when leaping through tight stretches, or dashing through stars at the last possible second. All of these elements combine together for such a smooth endless journey that keeps inviting you to replay.
The sequel features the same three wish set-up allowing you to combine your score of three endless runs. Along the way, you try to collect unicorn tears which are an essential part of the game. Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is jam packed with unlockables with such a deluxe objective system, and upgrade path. You’re continuously leveling up with easy to achieve objectives, which leads you to unlocking boosts, community connectivity, and unicorn customization options. There are just so many reasons to keep running, and that’s on top of the intrinsic replayability of such a finely crafted endless running experience. You can customize the look, and skills of your unicorn with 25 different options, and then there are 12 boosts to gain access to. The main unlockable is the ice world, which costs so many tears, but gives you a whole new environment to play in.
The game is bursting with style, grace, and content to give you as much as possible from an endless runner. With that said, it’s still an endless runner, and a lot has changed since the original released, to make the sequel feel like just another in a long line of endless runners. The theme effortlessly stands out, but there’s one major problem with the game structure beyond all of the unlockables that take a lot of grinding or in-app purchases. The level layout is exactly the same each time you run, so you can practically memorize the jumps, placement of stars, and even location of the giants. The repetitiveness of facing the same exact structure three times in a row in one run can bring a tear to your eye, and then you’re expected to do it again, and again. The levels do feature neat layered set-ups with a top, middle, and lower tier to run on, but they’re still setup the same for each run.
Robot Unicorn Attack 2 (Free, Universal) is bursting at the seams with personality, and unlockables, but it’s the gameplay that comes up short. No amount of unicorn tears can make up for endlessly running through the same stretches three runs at a time, and then doing it again in an attempt to reach unlockables that are at lofty plateaus. Robot Unicorn Attack 2 has a lot to like, but the main component, the gameplay, is the biggest drawback making it one to skip.