If you’ve never tried the original Mega Jump, you should most certainly hop in to play the sequel … unless you absolutely detest endless jumping.
As with the earlier game, Mega Jump 2 (out now, FREE) stars Redford, a toothy red monster who’s addicted to gobbling coins and other valuables to fuel his upward leap for the sky. The basic gameplay is very familiar: tilt your device left and right to steer him, using coins, stars, and gems as boosts, and occasionally bouncing off platforms. Sometimes, you may be lucky enough to encounter power-ups that send him rocketing up.
Since this is a sequel, it must of course offer something new. Now you’re given missions to accomplish. Through completing such missions, you’ll increase your multiplier score (i.e. 2x, 3x, 4x your points, etc).
There are also significantly more nasty monsters you’ll want to void jumping into — although jumping onto them is perfectly fine and recommended. Just as with the original game, there are plenty of power-ups, but this time, you can purchase upgrades with the coins you’ve accumulated. It’s perfectly doable to obtain the cheaper upgrades or additional single-use boosts without resorting to IAP purchases. However, it will take a lot of hard work to unlock different monster characters to play with (in place of Redford). This is probably where the biggest fun lies though. Each character has its own special ability (such as a bonus on a certain power-up).
With its new look and in-game store, you might find Mega Jump 2 more fun than the original game, although many items in the store are costly. The biggest problem I faced was a relentless crash before the game could even open (first play had been fine). Rebooting my 5S didn’t solve it. I had to delete and reinstall the game before I could play it again. Fortunately, my progress had been saved, probably thanks to iCloud. So if you’re unlucky enough to experience a similar obstacle, you now know what to do.
iFanzine Verdict: Mega Jump 2 is a must try for anyone who liked the original game and/or endless jumping. Of course, there will always be some who remain partial to the earlier game, but it’s not as if you can’t go back to it.