In recent times old school platform games have managed to become popular again. With smartphone gaming being ever so popular, these titles are just perfect to play on the go thanks to their easy to understand gameplay mechanics. Unfortunately most of these titles aren’t exactly innovative, coming with features that are taken straight from the more popular old school platform games such as Super Mario, Mega Man and many others.
Mos Speedrun 2 is yet another old-school inspired platform game coming with features that we have already seen before in other games. Thankfully the platform game developed by Physmo does come with some unique features that add a little bit more depth to a tried and true formula.
Being the direct sequel to Mos Speedrun, Mos Speedrun 2 comes with a similar gameplay experience. Players will control Mos as the character traverses a variety of stages which have been heavily inspired by classic platform games, jumping on platforms, avoiding enemies and reach the final goal. Stages are actually pretty challenging, with only single use checkpoints found here and there, so don’t expect to breeze through the game’s 30 stages easily. Making things more challenging is the fact that Mos dies when touching an enemy, so players must plan their jumps accordingly. And if you still find Mos Speedrun 2, you can play Prestige mode, which tasks players with completing stages with a single life. Not an easy task, considering the already mentioned difficulty level.
As mentioned above, Mos Speedrun 2 comes with some features that make the experience a bit more deeper. Completing a stage is only the beginning, as players will also have to collect all coins during a stage and clear it within a certain time limit to truly master it. These two features are especially welcome as they force players to change their approach depending on what they are trying to achieve.
The Mos Speedrun 2 presentation is exactly the one players expect out of a 2D platform game. The graphics are colorful and very well done, while the soundtrack is upbeat and well suited to the game. Nothing astonishingly good, that’s for sure, but both graphics and music do their job well.
Even with all its interesting features, Mos Speedrun 2 suffers from pretty much the same things that do affect other similar games. The platform game from Physmo, while nicely crafted, is too derivative and at times way too basic to truly stand out from the competition. In a market where games like Shovel Knight are available, an old school inspired title really needs something exceptional to stand out and Mos Speedrun 2 sadly like this. This doesn’t mean that Mos Speedrun 2 is a bad game, only that players who have played plenty of 2D platform games will not find something truly exciting in the game. Those who haven’t played many similar games, on the other hand, will find plenty to like in Mos Speedrun 2 as the game is nicely put together and well worth their time and money.