After playing the underwhelming first collection, here are 6 more treasures from Interplay's vault in the Evercade cartridge follow-up.
Although I've already expressed my feelings about the original (I kind of don't like it), Earthworm Jim 2 offers a lot of variety to the classic formula through its array of weaponry and its character Snott who helps Jim with various platforming moves like sticking to walls and becoming a parachute. Many of the levels also change things up by providing scenarios such as a Zaxxon-like shooter. It's still a very frustrating game but it's fun nonetheless. On the other hand, ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay isn't as good as the original as it feels less like a parody of fighting games and more like a typical fighter. It's not as funny, the combat is boring, and its visuals are quite unappealing.
List of games in Interplay Collection 2
- ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay
- Earthworm Jim 2
- Prehistorik Man
- The Adventures of Rad Gravity *
- The Brainies
* NES game; the others are Super Nintendo games
Speaking of ClayFighter, its platformer spin-off Claymates is a pretty cool little game. You play as Clayton, a boy turned into a ball of clay, and you have the ability to transform into a handful of different animals after collecting power-ups: specifically, a cat, fish, mouse, gopher, and duck. Each one has its own gameplay mechanics and trying to survive while transformed is rewarding stuff. It's a solid game and one that I'll certainly come back to. Prehistorik Man is a nifty platformer, too, as it has you control a caveman who can hang-glide and use some fairly handy weapons including a spear that you can use to climb walls. It's a fun game that's definitely above average.
Let's start with The Adventures of Rad Gravity which is a 2D action game where you navigate your way through various planets. Doing so involves using an array of gadgets in order to deal with enemies and solve light puzzles but it can be brutally challenging, especially with its stiff controls that take a lot of getting used to. Overall, you may eventually enjoy it but only if you have a great deal of patience.
Finally, The Brainies has you slide coloured blobs around grid-based levels in order to have them end up on appropriately-coloured spaces. I enjoy the fact that you can either get straight to the solution or attempt to collect valuable power-ups along the way in a lot of the stages which adds a layer of variety and challenge. That being said, it's still a simplistic game but it's at least entertaining.
Well, there you have it; 6 more Interplay games to add to your Evercade library. Most of the games are above average which is more than I can say for the first Interplay collection but there are still only 6 games which isn't all that many.
- + Earthworm Jim 2 is a much-improved sequel
- + Claymates and Prehistorik Man are fairly enjoyable 2D platformers
- + The Brainies is an okay piece-sliding puzzler
- - ClayFighter 2 is a disappointing sequel
- - The Adventures of Rad Gravity requires a lot of patience before it gets interesting
- - Only includes 6 games