Geared 2 is the sequel to the highly popular physics based puzzle game, Geared. In the game the player must place cogs on the screen so that all the pre-placed and unmovable cogs turn. The game was produced for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by Bryan Mitchell. It is currently free to Download however this is for a temporary time only.
In Geared 2 each challenge begins with the screen having pre-placed cogs, one of which is constantly turning thanks to a small hamster which runs inside it. The player’s quest is to make all the cogs on the screen turn by placing more cogs in-between. The challenge comes as the player only has a predetermined number of cogs they can use. Using them in the right order is crucial to success. There are also brand new styles of cog such as the Ghost, Sun and Moon cogs.
To use a cog, the player must examine their cog bar at the bottom of the screen. On this bar, the size or each cog is displayed with the quantity that the player has of that size. To select one, the player simply has to tap and drag the cog into position. As long as the cog is interlocked with another cog it will remain in the air; however if not, it will come crashing to the ground. Later the game makes full advantage of this fact by stopping the player placing cogs in certain crossed out areas of the screen. To beat this, players must drop cogs from above the line and hope they fall in the right spot.
This is the sequel to Geared, which means that the game needs something to make it better than the original; to make it worthwhile and a good gaming experience. Geared 2 does this amazingly well. The game is a really updated version of the original with plenty of new characteristics. When playing the old version after playing this one, it feels so archaic and in need of some work. The simple addition of the hamster running inside the cog adds so much character to the game and the physics feel so much better in the sequel too; although this may be because the originals were a little too realistic to be fun. The user interface has been improved dramatically and all in all, the sequel really marks an improvement all round.
Geared 2 has fantastic graphics for its genre and the whole playing experience is really enjoyable. The levels are varied enough to stay interesting and the game has started an episode theme, like Angry Birds, where new episodes will be added in the future. Whether players get this game for free or are too late and have to pay a small fee, it is highly worth it to anyone who enjoys physics based puzzle games.