Switch version tested
Review code provided
Is it wrong to take pleasure in others misery? Absolutely not, especially when you get to be there for someones first every rage quit. Thanks to the developer Pxlink, Reed 2 is a great entry point for the young ones looking to begin their journey into the masochist world of puzzle platformers.
Our hero Reed awakens after he failed to reboot the supercomputer at the conclusion of his first adventure (also available on Switch). Now in possession of the only backup files remaining Reed must once again save the digital world before it is corrupted forever by delivering the flash drive to the developers.
The striking pixel art style manages to be cute and charming while also being having a distorted surreal vibe that frequently invades the screen. The world itself while muted in colour is vibrant enough to convey a simulated world within a digital realm. Players will navigate their way through just over 50 levels of traps, spikes and arrows on their way to save the world while grabbing the memory blocks required to open the next door.
Audio-wise, the developers have nailed the aesthetic. While this is certainly kids game, the eerie ambience of the backing score sets the mood for the dread ahead. All the accompanying sound effects serve their purpose. The proper blips and bloops fill in as expected with nothing assaulting your eardrums.
From a control standpoint, Reed handles well. Controls can feel a bit on the finicky side when precision is the name of the game, but watching our young adventurer try her hand at this title was a blast. Those familiar with genre standouts Super Meat Boy or the End is Nigh! will feel right at home navigating the bobby trapped rooms throughout the adventure. Trial and error is the name of the game and death is nothing more than a seamless transition back to the beginning of the room.
One last reed…
Given its E rating, you can best be assured that this is a bloodless non-offensive romp. There will be rage but those born into this life know you have to start somewhere. Reed 2 is an easy recommendation for those looking for a puzzle platformer to introduce the next generation of d-pad warriors.
Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, Mobile
Release Date: 08/05/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Platformer, Arcade
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: eShop