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Review: Yeah Bunny 2 – cute retro platformer

Solid platformer is fun for all

Price: Free
Version: 1.4.0
Size: 254.6 MB
Developer: Adrian Zarzycki
Platform: iPhone/iPad

Yeah Bunny 2

Yeah Bunny 2 feels like it’s come straight out of a recipe book – a recipe book for games, of course. It has just the right amount of cute, just the right amount of retro nostalgia, and some accessible characters.

It’s also perfect for all ages. Older players will recognize the simplistic but accessible characters and basic narrative first pioneered by the likes of Mario or Rayman providing the nostalgia to support the basic and familiar platform aesthetics. Meanwhile, kids will enjoy… well, basically the same thing.

Jump on a variety of creatures to get to the end of the level

In fact, we’d go as far as to say Yeah Bunny 2 is the very definition of ‘keeping the kids quiet’.

So, what’s the premise? Basically, you play a cute bunny that crash lands on an island populated by chicks. However, one problem: the chicks have been captured and need rescuing. That’s your job for the day. From here on out you navigate a series of pixelated platformed worlds, trying to find caged chicks to free, jumping on other cute and not so cute creatures that could hurt you like frogs, cows, and things with spikes. Because there are always spikes.

Unlock levels to move through the worlds

It’s all pretty traditional when it comes to platform games, but it’s also traditional for mobile platformers. It’s an auto-runner, meaning you only use one finger to jump and have to be quick off the mark to avoid traps and falls. You also have the familiar 3-star ratings at the end of each level based on how many objects you collect, such as coins and carrots.

The game uses old-school cutscenes to deliver the narrative

Carrots are especially useful because if you fall down a hole or get struck by one of the aforementioned creatures, you can start again from checkpoints found throughout the levels, but you have to pay a carrot toll or start again. This adds to the challenge as this toll goes up each time you die per go. Sometimes you simply have to go back. It’s a neat additional challenge that not all platformers like this have, ensuring a little more longevity.

Collect various items to help raise your score and progress

At its core, Yeah Bunny 2 is pretty unoriginal (even ignoring the fact it’s a sequel). However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it’s clearly a love letter to its many platforming influences, and thankfully remains playable and enjoyable. It’s a solid 4 star game. There’s nothing bad to say about it – the 8-bit graphics are solid, the controls responsive, you have a simple goal, and it’s free. Well – unless you get sick of those ads and want to pay a small fee to avoid them, which we’d recommend as they’re frequent and long.

There are also boss levels. Look at the size of that hog!

The only thing that we couldn’t get out of the back of our mind was the lack of originality. It’s almost exactly the same as any other decent platformer on the App Store. But if you’re a fan of the genre and looking for a new title to try, you’ll certainly like this.