Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous is the long-overdue launch on Android of One Man Left’s tilt-based arena survival series.
Yes, one might say, “aren’t tilt controls the hottest control scheme of 2009?” Sure, but Tilt to Live has some of the best around: they’re precise while thriving on the chaos of actually tilting a device around. With plenty of options for customizing the tilt sensitivity and how one holds the device, this will make a believer out of the tilt control apostates.
While this is a sequel, there’s no important story to be missed out of by not playing the original: the red dots are still mad at the arrow for being pointy, because perhaps this is all a Flatland allegory and having an infinite number of sides makes them better. So the player must tilt to avoid the red dots, while triggering weapons and powerups that can take out the red dots. There’s the nuke, which is the sole holdover weapon from the original, the dual-ended laser sword (not a lightsaber!), the brimstone ball which can be bounced around into enemies.
Really, even though this is a sequel, this is a complete reimagining of Tilt to Live, which makes it perfect for an Android release now: it’s essentially a new game with the same basic concept but an entirely new implementation. What makes Tilt to Live 2 so great is the franticness of trying to survive among all these enemy waves, and using the powerup orbs to one’s advantage. As well, the game’s combo system, which is based around doing tricks with the powerups, adds a great element. Surviving is one thing, scoring highly is another: learning how to execute the powerup tricks regularly and maintaining high multipliers is key to scoring high on the leaderboards, which support Google Play Games.
Now, one of the controversial additions to the game are the boss fights. These pop up after a relative while, and essentially force the player to play a brand new tilting game in the middle of Tilt to Live 2 – these boss fights involve hitting targets that pop up in the arena, while enemy structures try to hinder the player. Their suddenness and unpredictability of just what the player must do can throw a wrench in the proceedings because of how different they are. Thankfully, the Old School mode added in an update removes them and puts the scores on a new leaderboard, and is a more satisfying exprience for those that just want to play the game without these new frills. Try both – the boss fights are kind of missed a bit when they’re gone.
The game is built for 16:9 aspect ratios, so some tablets may have letterboxing, and some phones may have scrolling horizontally: while perhaps that would make some of the action small on a device like the Nexus 4 which gets scrolling, I’m not comfortable with not seeing the entire arena at once.
Still, Tilt to Live 2 is fantastic. It is a thrilling arena survival game with plenty of challenge and great controls, and is well worth checking out for Android gamers who have had to go years without tilting and /or living.