Cordy 2 Review– The Original May Not Be The Best
“Cordy”,isn’t a sequel that players are unfamiliar with. Having achieve global success with its first version, “Cordy” , SilverTree Media has ridden on its wave of success to create a brand new, and way better version, Cordy 2. Although Cordy 2 did not change much in the overall gameplay, the new stages offer more than just additional backgrounds, but novel, creative ways to interact with the environment as players race to complete the courses.
In case this is the first time you have heard of Cordy, it is very much like the legendary Sonic the Hedgehog from SEGA. Players control an agile main character, which races through death-defying courses, collecting trinkets along the way and bunny hopping on baddies in order to destroy them. The question is, if players were to put Sonic the Hedgehog and Cordy 2 side by side, which title will emerge the winner?
Well, Gameographics thinks that Cordy 2 will give Sonic the Hedgehog a run for his money. Pun intended.
The game starts off with a short comic strip explaining why did Cordy end up on this strange city. The good usage of expressive comic panels to articulate the prequel has showcased two defining strengths – Story telling, and graphics. Players then transit to Carnival City, the start to players’ lungs bursting adventure.
With directional controls planted on the bottom left corner of the screen, and jumping action planted on the right, it doesn’t take too much explanation for players to understand how the game should be played. Passing by various NPCs will explain what players should expect as the dwell deeper into the game. At the start, NPCs will explain various elements such as power ups, save points and the critical spots in your enemies. Much as Cordy is pretty cute, he is one kick ass acrobat that puts Uncle Mario to shame. Best of all, the physics assigned to Cordy is précised to the very pixel. So buddies with chunky thumbs, no worries, Cordy isn’t here to remind you of your size.
Jolly background music and sound effects may be of match winning standard in many games, but given the high level of peripheral teasers embedded within Cordy 2, these bewitching audio is nothing more than a complimentary bonus. Throughout the game, Cordy rises as the epitome of life. Energetic, optimistic, and most importantly, he brings other the environment to life. Unlike many games out there where the background is almost static, Cordy 2 doesn’t seem interested in being mainstream. Awakening directional signboards and blossoming trinkets as he whizzes by, Cordy gives the game a constant element of surprise and bonuses. Fast moving gameplay with nails-biting excitement with every inch Cordy moves, it is no wonder the full version at $4.99 makes it as its number 1 in app purchase.
But, are these enough to knock Sonic the Hedgehog series off its perch? Well, of course not. Cordy 2 has extracted the main essence from this titan.
Fluidity in animation and gameplay cements this game on the top spot. From sprinting down the scene, to sprouting of trinkets, Cordy 2 ensures that none of these actions break the flow of the game. It is much like a theatrical play where one event leads to another in such an elegant fashion, meant to dazzle players and leave their jaws hanging throughout the entire experience.
As one may think that Cordy can’t get any cuter, SilverTree Media refuted that statement with a wide array of costumes. Some may be as simple as just slapping on different colors on the original suit, but the others are pretty elaborated. But with ambiguous descriptions, players may feel that they are paying solely for a brand new look, and not for any attribute boost. Much as we were entertained by the gameplay, we can’t deny that the abstract descriptions tied above the huge price tag is quite a turn off.
At $4.99; Cordy 2 may look like an expensive indulgence. Although may be more affordable games out there in the market, but faithful supporters of Cordy 2 will eventually rip dividends for investing in this game with its excellent package. No disrespect, but as much as Sonic the Hedgehog has decorated our childhoods with wonderful, all-nighters memories, Cordy 2 is the obvious winner.
Graphics – 5/5