Review Hopeless 2: Cave Escape
A total revolution from the first game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 14 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Good graphics, not another endless runner, solid controls
Level design is non-existent, gameplay gets boring after a bit
The blobs are back and this time it’s in a completely new game. In Hopeless 2 for Android, you’ll use your reflex skills to help the blobs escape limbo in a dark cave as they make their way through in a minecart. This is basically an on-rails shooter, but the premise of the original game still says the same: you need to save your blob friends while blowing away anything that creeps in the dark.
The original Hopeless put you in charge of a group of blobs as they stood, helplessly, in the middle of a really dark room. Occasionally things would pop out, friend or foe, and you’d have to make split second decisions to shoot or not. The sequel is very similar, but it breaks up the monotony of the first game by throwing you on a roller coaster via a mine cart.
The same premise sticks, though. You can only see through the dark in very short distances, so you’ve still got to make the same split second decisions on whether or not you’ll need to shoot or not. What I liked about this game was that it was a bit easier than the original. Originally, you’d hit a pretty steep wall early in the game, which made it no fun. Here you have easily obtainable rewards and upgrades, and everything is level based, which means there is no endless grind. Sure, there are a ton of levels, but it’s more fun.
This game is also a bit more action packed. You’re given a bit more time to determine what you need to shoot or save, and monsters have the ability to sort of chase after you, which means your focus will still be split across the screen. Unfortunately, having your hand on the screen also means you’re blocking valuable real estate, which can be frustrating.
Hopeless 2 is a better and more fun version of the original. The gameplay feels way more balanced, the rewards are easier to obtain, and the fact that the game isn’t endless just makes it seem more welcoming and friendly.