Review Stickman Revenge 2
A thrilling fighting game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 26 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Responsive controls, cool boss fights
Has some questionable mechanics, puzzling upgrades, plenty of ads
The first time I booted up Stickman Revenge 2 I was greeted by not just a banner ad, but a splash ad that took up almost the entire ad. If there is one thing I’ve learned from reviewing apps, it’s that this is typically an indicator of how good a game is going to be. Stickman Revenge 2 for Android is a game that centers around revenge by throwing you into a pretty dynamic endless runner.
Ultimately, I think this game’s biggest issue is with ads and pacing. In the tutorial modes you’re faced with one enemy at a time as it teaches you how to attack and use your character’s skills. Then you jump into the game and realize that the game isn’t going to just ease you in. You’ll actually be actively defending yourself from 3+ enemies at a time while your sword sits on at least a 2 second cooldown.
The idea that your only attack and defense would be on a cooldown like that is absolutely absurd to me because it kills any semblance of fun to be had in the game. Now, rather than just jumping and slashing your way to the end of the level, you have to make split second decisions on whether or not you attack the projectile that was just launched at you (most of the time you can’t) or cut through the enemies in front of you. It all sounds fun in theory but you aren’t really equipped to deal with all of the situations thrown at you.
A good progression system would have alleviated this concern by making your character stronger, but I felt like the system put in place is a little opaque and not very useful as the player.
Once again, the ad tipoff at the beginning of the game predicted what direction this game was going in. Ads are shown to the player after every death, and Stickman Revenge 2 just isn’t balanced in a way that is ultimately fun to play.