Although I don't think this is the most original game I've seen, I won't hold it against it. Also, I'm aware you have an older version of the game on you website, so I guess it is pretty original still :)
This is a great improvement from the last installment, good job! And good job on getting a sponsor too :'D
I think that the animations for this game are great! They are very likable. Also, I'm impressed by how well the controls work. Although the movement differs a bit from what you usually see in games, I think they work well, and in the way that you intended.
Your choice of music is also good.
I like the fact that you decided to include a local multiplayer option. For a game like this, it is a very smart idea!
The shop was a nice addition too; it makes you want to play for far longer times.
I'm probably pretty stupid myself. You see, I played for a while and bought some stuff yesterday, but I never realized that there was a save button! Oh well.
Otherwise, an auto save function could be quite good, but really, you showed that face button in my face without me noticing it, so it's my bad!
Anyhow, this is an entertaining game. Good job, and good luck in the contest! (sorry for the late review).