Mobile Game Review: Upgrade The Game 2
What happens when you are playing a shooter? Typically, you go around, killing enemies, upgrading your weapons and armour and away you go. Okay, so far so good.
What happens when you are playing an RPG? You gather experience to upgrade your character, slowly getting more and more absurdly powerful to defeat even more absurdly powerful foes. Great.
So then what happens when you play a game that needs you to upgrade everything, including the interface? Uhh… Welcome to Upgrade The Game 2!
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The whole point of Upgrade The Game 2 is to upgrade every element of the game, from the user interface, through to the music and of course, the actual game content itself. You do this by playing through a very basic version of a ‘defense’ style space game, where you drop bombs onto the unsuspecting enemies. This causes a splash damage effect, affecting everything within its victinity. Every foe that dies has a chance to drop coins, energy or nothing at all.
You progress through a space-system of some sort, though when you first start playing it, you are touching squares and that represents each world. As you upgrade the game, you manage to upgrade the level select screen, showing you all of space itself. Furthermore, when you upgrade the games background, it goes from blank, to a basic grass, to space. It’s a bit of a weird transition, but the game makes it work well enough.
The further you progress, the more things you can purchase to unlock, such as damage increase for the special abilities, or extra lives. It’s a simple enough concept to get behind.
Once you’re done with a run, you can travel back in time with some cash, earning points in the process. You can spend these points to permanently increase an effect, such as the amount of money dropped by foes, or the amount of damage you do. You can do this as many times as you want, once you hit the required level to do so.
The graphics are simple, but sometimes they’re a bit too simple. Even when the game is fully upgraded, it looks much nicer, but still nothing that you’d sing home about. Still, it looks good enough and the menu system is kind of novel. The fact the game is so unique in concept really helps it, even if the graphics are ‘meh’ at best. This isn’t to just be mean to the game or the developer – It’s not the prettiest game on the Play Store or the App Store, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look fine for what it is.
This element is going to sound a bit weird, but when the game is not-upgraded, the music is hilarious. It gives you the sense of a person who was just throwing a funny soundtrack together, simply for the purposes of development. Once you upgrade your game to have better music, you typically find the music isn’t much better. If anything, it sort of loses the fun factor – It tries far too hard after the upgrade. Still, hearing a person going “Ta daaaah!” is great fun as a level finish noise.
You’re not going to spend your whole life playing this, that much is for certain. If you’re looking for something new to play on the go, this certainly can fill the void. It’s a little bit silly, with funny animations, a novel concept and some of the best ‘music’ ever – Until you upgrade it. This game isn’t the greatest mobile game I’ve played, but it’s certainly one I could recommend as a time waster. Heck, I’ve put in more than enough hours now to realise that I’ve enjoyed it far more than I probably should have. It may be a little bit lacklustre in the graphics department, but what it lacks in imagery, it more than makes up for in a novel concept.
With such a unique premise, this game is sure to make you have a chuckle, even if the game element of it isn’t exactly the greatest. But one thing is for certain: It’s a great idea and well worth picking up. Have you played Upgrade The Game 2? Does this sound like a good laugh to you? Compared to Achievement Unlocked, how does this stand? As always, share your thoughts below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.