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Barriers 2

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This game has controller support for windows.
Music by Hikari and DiroNomer (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/663443)
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I'm not big on sequels, especially for these small indie web games. But when I released the first barriers, people really enjoyed the game, but felt like it wasn't fully finished. So I decided to release the definitive edition of barriers.
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It only took two bad games and two negative reviews. Finally, we have a game that in sports terms: scored a touchdown!

The object of Barriers 2 is this: You, and a potential co-op buddy of yours if playing muliplayer with a friend, play as two unnamed characters in the shape of boxes, each their own color of blue and pink, with a brown-shaped button sticking out of the top. (Hypothesis leads to believe they are supposed to represent people with no faces - However it never tells us.) You need to reunite these two characters together to complete the level. Doing so requires stepping on panels and pulling switches, which in turn changes the shape of the playing field by opening or closing walls. Players seeking an additional challenge can choose to collect the "love notes" that are place throughout the levels. As the levels go on, each puzzle becomes slightly more challenging than the last. Eventually, you'll encounter laser walls, floors, and other surprises. There are 14 levels in this short 5 to 10 minute game - will you make it through them all?

Normally at this point of the review; I'm like a raging hornet. It doesn't take much for newgrounds to have me enter "Destroyer" mode and proceed to nitpick to rip the game in front of me to shreds. But with Barriers 2... that vibe is more mallow. There hasn't been a cause to unleash the judges mallet and sentence it to damnation. The fact of the matter is Barriers 2 fundamentally meets it's goal. There are still issues of course - the game isn't perfect. But it is still exciting, and provides a decent enough challenge for the casual gamer. it deserves the greenlight.
Now for some bugs....

- Sometimes characters will randomly jump 3 times higher than they should. (possible bug?)
--- Jumping off-screen causes the character to be permanently stuck. The only fix is to press R to reset. (100% Confirmed Bug)
- Sometimes characters will get stuck in the floor being unable to move. Can be fixed by pressing the jump button (W). (possible bug?)
- In co-op mode; Getting killed by the lasers doesn't always reset the level right away, and instead triggers a massive delay. (100% confirmed bug)
- On very rare occasions; The floor lasers don't always kill - Sometimes you can stand directly on top of one and nothing will happen. It is unknown what causes this. (100% confirmed bug)
Say what you will about it's poor graphics, unchanging soundtrack, and it's endless amount of bugs & glitches... The biggest letdown in Barriers 2 is that it's too short! 5 Minutes is too short for a perfect game. There is also of course the looping soundtrack that you can't turn off without restarting at level 1. Finally, there is also a lack of satisfaction for collecting the notes.

Single Player Vs. Multiplayer: it isn't much difference. It's basically single player mode without having to press the spacebar to switch between characters. In fact, it's faster to pick multiplayer and have control of the second character with the arrow keys, even if you are playing alone. All levels in single player are the exact same as multiplayer. So both modes bring nothing new to the experience.

There is no doubt that this game could be expanded upon. But as it stands right now, Barriers 2 is only worthy of a 6 out of 10 - slightly above average. This goes for the single player experience, and the co-op experience. Even then, I still had a fun time playing it for the 2 and a half playthroughs + the co-op playthrough I did with one of my gaming buddies. Unfortunately, from an unbiased standpoint: there just isn't enough here to give that glowing positive rating. The graphics needed improvement AND actual artists designing it, the gameplay needed extending, and there just needs to be more color added to it's game mechanics in general (like a level select, or a hard mode for example).
If Barriers 3 is ever made, it needs something that will make players want to come back, and not think of it to be a one-hit wonder. The canvas is laid out, along with the premise. Now it just needs all the holes filled. Score multiple touchdowns as oppose to just the one.

Final Verdict: 6 out of 10
NG Rating: 3 Stars

FSt-Germain responds:

Thanks for the review! very helpful. You've given me tons of ideas to work with :)

Good game, simple stages and enganged stages. :D

FSt-Germain responds:

I'm glad you liked the game.

Cool Mechanics
Simple yet pleasing particles
Music and sounds fit the game well
Good Idea with adding the notes as a "harder difficulty"

FSt-Germain responds:

you the real mvp

Cute game. Edges were cut off on my screen. Some clipping issues. If you jump right when a floor is released you shoot through the air at super sonic speed. Overall good game and I liked it playing with a friend.

FSt-Germain responds:

I'm really glad you liked it. I will work on those bugs. you can go full screen to get rid of the edges.

Oh my...
I can not believe what I just played... It is so glorious that I can't even begin to comprehend what just happened. I actually fainted at the sight of each new level! My brother had to revive me so that I could continue to play. Which I'm glad he did because if he didn't, I wouldn't have been able to play this game 50 consecutive times... You are now my hero, and I am your #1 fan!!! I expect great games in the future from you, GREAT GAMES! But overall, I really enjoyed the game because I just couldn't stop playing. Level after level, I just couldn't stop. It's so addicting that after the 50th time, I had to throw my computer and get a new one. (This review is being written on a crappy desktop from the early 2000s)
But in all seriousness, FSt-Germain, I think I am not alone when I say this... Barriers 2 is possibly the greatest game ever made! Tom Fulp should make a 6th star just for you!!!
That is all...

FSt-Germain responds:

yes

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