At the tail end of last year, a game was released called Super Jump World from nerByte GmbH Games, a company that has created a little cottage industry of insipid games. It was an utterly shameless clone of Super Mario Bros. and was quickly pulled down from the AppStore. But through the magic of resubmission, it came back to the market as Lep’s World. It was kind of like buying a Suny camera instead of a Sony. Now comes Lep’s World 2, and it’s more of the same. Literally. This is practically the exact same game as the first one. Heck, even the App icon is exactly the same as the first.
You play as a pine cone throwing, coin collecting leprechaun who has to traverse a bunch of levels to rescue his people and get his gold back from an evil wizard. Just like in the first game, Mario’s turtles are replaced by snails, mushrooms are clovers and pipes are tree-stumps. Etc, etc, etc. It’s almost like the developers made some videogame version of a word-processor’s ‘find and replace’ function and used it on Mario. They just forgot to make the game enjoyable in any way, shape or form.
I think I’m a clone now.
As uninspired as Lep’s World was, part two seems even more cheap as it’s basically just a retread of the first one. Most of the levels are nearly identical to the first game in their design and look, and most of the enemies are exactly the same. It gets so bad that you’d be forgiven if, for a moment, you accidentally thought you were playing the original. The graphics are a little crisper than the first, some of the backgrounds are different and there are levels where you swim, but those are about the only variations you’ll notice.
The developers were even nice enough to port over the same crummy controls from the first one. When Lep leaps, he seems to float in the air and movements in general are unresponsive and sticky. It sometimes seems like the buttons aren’t even there.
The mines of Moria.
You do get some power ups in this go-round, like invincibility and super-speed, and as you progress you’ll gain access to different abilities like wall-jumping and swinging from ropes. And Lep gets to fight bosses this time around too! Unfortunately, they’re awful and boring fights that seem like they were included as an afterthought. In fact, most of the enhanced abilities and changes in this game just seem like they were tacked on to try and give the game the appearance of something different.
Lep’s World 2 is basically a clone of a clone. Even with the ‘improvements’ made over the first one, it’s still tedious, vapid, useless garbage. If you want some original and creative ‘Mario’ type games then please take a gander at games like Soosiz or Terra Noctis. If you want the gaming equivalent of banging your head against a wall, then go ahead and buy this game.