Soya think you’re a puzzle gamer? Try Tofu 2

Sep 19, 2011
Games

There is plenty of meat in the puzzle/platformer To-Fu 2. To-Fu 2 is a very solid title for 99 cents, and probably will be an automatic purchase for those who loved the first game To-Fu: The Trials of Chi. For those who missed the first game, I would recommend jumping straight into this improved version. […]

There is plenty of meat in the puzzle/platformer To-Fu 2.

To-Fu 2 is a very solid title for 99 cents, and probably will be an automatic purchase for those who loved the first game To-Fu: The Trials of Chi. For those who missed the first game, I would recommend jumping straight into this improved version.

If there’s something negative to say about To-Fu 2, compared with it’s predecessor, it would be that it comes with fewer levels than the original, and doesn’t offer much that is truly new. However, the content in this sequel is more refined, has better level design, and contains a new super ping move to master.

What I truly love about this app, is how much enjoyable gameplay can be had for such a simple game mechanic. Stretch your little character in the direction you want to send him and release. That is the only control there is. You can modify the fling slightly by holding the stretch for a longer period to perform a super ping. This will allow To-Fu to fly a bit faster and break through wooden barriers to reach your goal. With such an obvious lack of ways to interact with the game, it would seem that stages would get repetitive in a hurry. Each level, though, feels different from the previous, and while the difficulty might not scale in a linear fashion, there is a good mix of challenges to keep you wanting to see the next level.

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Precise aim, timing and a little planning will be needed for the latter levels, but the player is never punished for using trial and error to get through any particular stage. Completing the game by meeting both minimum move requirements and collecting all blue orbs will require a lot of skill and patience for even the best gamers. However, those who lack either of these attributes might shell out a little coin to purchase the golden To-Fu. With this 99-cent purchase you may complete any stage that is giving you a difficult time, and this power can be used once every eight hours. Some might call this cheating, but I call it a sound marketing strategy.

If you’re interested in a simple-to-learn, but difficult-to-master puzzle/platformer for your iOS device, you should give To-Fu 2 a try. I think you’ll find it as tasty as I did.

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Wayne Stuckey

After receiving his bachelor's degree in management information systems on planet Earth, Wayne decided to settle down and live there. He writes from the plains of the Midwest.

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