Everyone who knows me knows that I have a special place in my heart for video games. Ski Safari 2 by Sleepy Z Studios is no exception to that rule.
The new Ski Safari is a great combination of cute, funny, and fun. I was a big fan of the original Ski Safari, and I had no idea this sequel was in the works. It was a pleasant surprise to wake up to a new game available! I've been playing this game for the past few days and I heartily suggest buying it, it is definitely worth the $2.
There are many improvements to be found in Ski Safari 2, almost too many to list, but really who doesn't like seeing a list every now and then.
- 2 characters, a boy and a girl
- you can perform tricks now!
- there are coins to collect
- those coins let you buy cool new skis and snowboards
- you can ride mammoths?!
- you can snap pictures at any moment during play
- a new multiplayer mode
- multiple worlds to play in!
- new power-ups
I love the fact that you can play as either a boy or a girl now, and the addition of tricks is one of the best new features. The tricks allow you to accumulate extra points, and sometimes more points than you could earn from backflips alone. You can also get a boost from performing 3 consecutive tricks in one jump. This is a big help, especially when using the Snowmobile, which is usually too cumbersome to complete a backflip. Also, a tip for tricks, for each animal you are riding there are 3 tricks that net you 200 points each and 1 that nets you 400. Figure out which trick earns you 400 points and use that trick as many times in a run as you can.
There is also the addition of new worlds to get excited about. Each world has it's own set of variations on the snowy mountain you're used to. There is a Jurassic mountain and a Texas themed mountain (wait Texas has mountains?). In each of the worlds you have the same basic set of animals to ride, ranging from a penguin all the way to a mammoth. You can even go beyond your typical animals and ride snowmobiles, bathtubs, and even fireplaces!
Along with collecting points you also try to collect coins through the gameplay, as these coins allow you to purchase power-ups and newly upgraded snowboards, skis, clothes, and vehicles. These power ups really help you rake in the points to get that new high score.
I haven't had the chance to play the new multiplayer mode (it's local multiplayer only), but once I do I will update this review.
All in all, Ski Safari 2 is a wonderful new sequel to the original game, and I can see myself playing this game for months to come.