By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on August 7, 2019
What would you do if your children were abducted by a nefarious bunch of extra-terrestrial bad guys? What do you mean, "is this a hypothetical question?". Of course it is. When have you last seen visitors from out of space kidnap a bunch of brightly colored blob children? Yesterday? Damn, what neighborhood are you from?! No wait, never mind; don't answer that question.
Well, dear readers, as unlikely as it may seem, the Moon Men came and took away our children! Now it is up to us to get them back. And, as common sense dictates, this can only be done by eating lots of fruit! At least, if you're Hoggy, that is. This blob-like hero and his wife, Hogatha, will have to go out and eat every piece of fruit they encounter if they want to stan even the slightest chance of getting their offspring back.
Now, this might seem a bit far-fetched, but this is exactly what we will be doing in Hoggy 2, a puzzle platform game by Raptisoft Games that was recently ported to Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch by Ratalaika Games. In Hoggy 2, you can choose to play as either Hoggy or Hogatha. Now, both of them have the same abilities, so choosing your hero will be totally up to your personal preference.
Being a platform game, Hoggy 2 will challenge you to get through 200+ levels, filled with gravity defying conundrums as well as tons of enemies. The objective of the game is to gather as many keys as you possibly can. You are going to need these keys if you want to get past the plethora of doors that block your way. Each doors needs a certain amount of keys before it will open and this number will only increase as you progress through the game.
Now, these keys can be collected in each of the levels, which are, naturally, found in jars that are scattered across the world. Upon entering a jar, you'll end up in a level, in which is your job to eat every piece of fruit you can find. If you've managed to finish this vitamin-filled banquet, you receive a key. Collect enough keys opens the next door, which gives you access to a new bunch of levels, which give you even more keys, which opens the next door, and so on, and so on. Naturally, if you were only able to crawl along, you wouldn't get very far, so both Hoggy and Hogatha have the ability to defy gravity and jump all the way to the surface that is opposite to the one they're standing on at that point in time.
Seeing as how you're a blob, strength and resilience are not your strong suits, so you'll have to be clever and dodge enemies instead of taking them on in battle. Remember, your main goal is to eat all the fruit, not slay all the enemies. There are, however, a few things that can help you along your way. One of them being the ability to transform when eating a specific piece of fruit or, in this case, nut. You see, when you eat an acorn, for instance, you turn into a block that can crush almost everything and yes, you could use this form to obliterate an enemy, but keep in mind that, if used even only once, this power dissipates and you'll be back to your own blobby self once again.
It is therefore wise to plan ahead and see exactly what your transformations could be used for. Take our block form, for instance. If you use it to defeat an enemy, you might end up with one pesky stone square that blocks the way to the last piece of fruit in the level, necessitating you to start the level all over again. So my advice; think ahead before you charge into whatever it is you're going to charge into!
All in all, Hoggy 2 is a fun little game that can be played whenever you're up for a quick round of puzzle-solving. The gravity reversing mechanic as well as the transformations make sure this game has much more to offer than one would guess at first glance. In short; if you're into puzzle / platform games, why not give Hoggy 2 a try? It's colorful, it's fun and it's truly challenging, so what's not to like, right?