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    dkirschner's Solar 2 (PC)

    [March 24, 2013 12:49:06 AM]
    Another one from the recent mobile Humble Bundle. This one reminds me of Osmos, except Osmos is a zillion times better. In Solar 2, you begin as an asteroid, and you move around in the open world of space and collide with (absorbing) other asteroids. You get bigger and turn into a small planet, then a big planet, then a small sun, medium sun, large sun, something something and finally a black hole, which was the best part of the game because you fly around absorbing everything in the universe!

    Several gripes about the game though, or things that would have made it better. First is you have some alien/AI something or other who gives you optional missions. These were so bad and pretty much all involved you sacrificing mass to kill alien space ships or destroy another planet or protect another planet, and so on. Just hard, no real direction or reward for doing any of them. And the alien/AI was strange. He called you 'dude' sometimes, and spoke in a strange and informal way that didn't seem to me how it should speak. I dunno, just didn't like him. But clearer goals and clearer ways of achieving the goals, and some reward for the missions would have been nice.

    The other thing is there is no sense of scale (maybe just at the end when you're a black hole). Although your mass increases exponentially, you hardly get any bigger on screen. In fact the black hole is the same size as the planets and stars. So I didn't feel like I was expanding or growing, or becoming more powerful in the solar system. Osmos or Feeding Frenzy or other 'become big' games do this, and that's one reason those games are fun. You can visibly see your progress and gauge which other cells or fish to absorb.

    So anyway, it was fun for half an hour. I became a black hole, ate the universe, reached the 'big collapse,' and then there's a 'big bang' and you start over, and the alien/AI complains that you didn't complete all his missions and reminds you that you haven't proven yourself yet until you do. No thanks!
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    dkirschner's Solar 2 (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 24 March, 2013

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 24 March, 2013

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Meh little space game. Osmos is a zillion times better. No sense of scale, dumb missions.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstar

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