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Glyder 2 Review

Aside from owning our own Tyrannosaurus Rex, flying without the aid of an airplane is the one childhood dream we all carry with us through adulthood. Who hasn’t had a recurring fantasy about opening a pair of sail-sized wings and diving off a cliff, falling for a heart-stopping few seconds before being thrown upwards by a thermal draft?

The bad news is, reality sucks and if you jump out of a tree wearing an oversized pair of cloth bat wings, you’re going to die or hurt yourself. The good news is, games like Glyder 2 by Glu let us taste the magic of free flight without the danger of a smashed-in skull.

Glyder 2 plays a good deal like the first Glyder game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, though given Glyder’s overwhelmingly positive reception for its relaxing atmosphere and realistic flight mechanics, there are certainly worse criticisms to unload on a sequel. The protagonist of the Glyder games, a sky-crazy inventor named Eryn, keeps poking at strange machines with screwdrivers and ending up in other dimensions. But we profit from Eryn’s inability to leave alien technology well enough alone.

Where’s me pot o’ gold?

Using a flying contraption strapped to her back, Eryn swoops and glides through seven worlds. The environments are relatively peaceful, but that doesn’t mean Eryn’s goals are easy: She must collect gems that will (hopefully) grant her the means to get back home.

The controls are intuitive: Just tilt the iPhone to climb, dive, and bank left or right. Flying through tight squeezes, like caves, can be difficult and takes some practice.

Like its predecessor, Glyder 2 does not rush you or threaten you with ominous time limits. Collecting gems and participating in the dozens of minigames that challenge your flight capabilities seems almost like an afterthought to simply flying and enjoying the scenery, which feels even freer and more open than in the first game. Glyder 2 purposefully gets you to slow down and explore its multitude of islands and caves. You’ll even unlock achievements by flying irresponsibly, which, of course, is exactly what you’d do if you had a real pair of wings (‘Let’s play chicken with the ocean!’).

Wind turbines make even the most inefficient crystal castle green.

Glyder 2’s graphics lack texture, but the framerate is smooth, even on the 3G. The floaty music is as relaxing as an aromatherapy session, but it might put you to sleep after a while. Thankfully, there’s an option to include your own iPod playlist as your in-flight soundtrack.

Glyder 2 is a Must Have for any flight game enthusiasts who just want to take it easy without being pinned down by a red-flashing control panel and a seating area full of screaming passengers. Thorough explorers will even be able to gain stylish new wings and outfits. Dog fighters who would rather rattle off machine guns might find Eryn’s slow journey home is not their style, however.

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Glyder 2 Hands-On Preview and Video

If you still haven’t played our April Game of the Month, Glyder, you’ve still got time before the sequel hits the App Store in December. Dipping your wings in the clouds, diving to build up speed, and soaring to new heights make Glyder and its sequel among the most soothing and challenging iPhone games we’ve played.

Glyder 2 will apparently continue the successful formula of the original, while adding tons of new challenges, locations, and personality. The new challenges we saw involved picking up and delivering villagers, who appear as little flying demon creatures. This is in addition to the game’s reworked waypoint travels, which will now urge you through various flight paths using colored rings. In addition, Glyder 2 will also encourage you to replay certain sections to unlock new wing types and costumes.

For example, in the desert Oasis level, you can complete a challenge that will award you a key that can be used in a lava-themed level. Use that key, and you’ll gain a set of Phoenix wings, which will let you enter an ice cavern in a different level. These multi-part challenges will mix up the game’s locations to make Glyder 2 even more of a free-form experience.

Speaking of Phoenix wings, the most interesting new aspect of Glyder 2 is that you can customize your heroine Eryn with different wing types, which are also associated with different stats. Some wings will let you reach a higher top speed or altitude, and others will let you turn corners more sharply. You can also wear different costumes, like a full black ninja outfit that we tried on, which you can see in the video below.

Some of these new wing designs were downright gorgeous. The Quetzal wings, for example, are beautiful red, blue, and green feathers, while the energy wings are crackling with light. When the game launches there will be ten sets of wings and ten outfits, which you can mix and match, with more planned for free future updates.

We were very excited to spend some time playing Glyder 2. The controls were exactly like we remember from the first game, but with the new customization and some interesting new locations, like sea cliffs dotted with waterfalls, this feels like a substantial upgrade. The game is still a few months away, and the price is yet to be determined, but Glu expects to have the final version done in December.

New Glyder 2 Screens Soar Online

We’ve received some new screenshots for the sequel to our April Game of the Month, and from what we can tell Glyder 2 is looking better than ever. We don’t have any new information to go with these screens, but we are meeting with Glu next week and hope to pump them for details. Meanwhile, check out these pretty new screens!

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